Air Italy S.p.A.
is an airline
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based in Gallarate
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, operating scheduled services for tour operators within Europe
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, to Brazil
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, as well as independent short-haul flights. Most flights leave from either Naples Airport
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, Turin Airport, Verona Airport
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or Milan Malpensa Airport
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The airline was set up in 2005 (owned by BV Asset Management
(40%), Giuseppe Gentile (40%) and Pathfinder Corporation (20%)) and started operations on 29 May of the same year with a flight from Turin
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. In late 2006, an independent investment company acquired a 40% share in Air Italy. The funding of 280 million Euro
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s was used to order three second-hand Boeing 767
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aircraft in 2007 and 2008 for services to leisure destinations in Africa
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, the Indian Ocean
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and the Caribbean
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In 2007, Air Italy created Euro Mediterranean Airlines, a subsidiary based in Egypt
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, which initially operated a single Boeing 757-200
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, which was later replaced by a Boeing 737-800. Also in the same year, Air Italy Polska
Air Poland Sp. z o.o. , a subsidiary of Air Italy, is a charter airline founded in 2007 and based in Warsaw, Poland, operating charter flights on behalf of Polish tour operators to a broad range of destinations across the Mediterranean region, the Caribbean and beach resorts in Thailand and India...
was set up as a second subsidiary, based in Poland
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. In 2011 it was renamed Air Poland. In September 2009, Euro Mediterranean Airlines was planned to be rebranded as Air Italy Egypt
, but by the end of the year it had vanished due to financial difficulties.
Merger with Meridiana fly
On 18 July 2011, Meridiana fly announced the merger with Air Italy.
The new group will operate a fleet of 35 aircraft, becoming the main charter operator in the Italian market.
As of May 2011, the Air Italy fleet consists of the following aircraft with an average age of 15.8 years:
Air Italy fleet