Air Italy

jetBlue, FedEx and Atlas Air Come Out in Defense of Qatar Airway’s Investment in Air Italy

Two airline chief executives and the boss of global shipping company FedEx have sent an open letter to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to “set the record straight” over what they refer to as “wholly-unsubstantiated claims” about Qatar Airways…

Qatar Airways: Investment in Air Italy “Fully Compliant” With Open Skies Agreement

Qatar Airways has defended itself against accusations its investment in Air Italy “runs directly counter” to a landmark one year deal that the State of Qatar reached with the United States over its Open Skies agreement.  At a Senate Foreign…

U.S. Government “Looking Very Closely” at Qatar Airways’ Relationship With Air Italy

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that his department is “looking very closely” at a decision by Qatar Airways to take a 49% stake in little known Italian airline Meridiana and rebrand it…

The Blurring Line Between First and Business Class: Air Italy Launches ‘Dine On Demand’

Air Italy has today unveiled a new dining concept for Business Class passengers, featuring brand new tableware, cutlery and chinaware as well as a ‘Dine On Demand’ menu.  It’s a bold move to offer Dine On Demand and it will…

Air Italy’s New Uniform Just Cements the Concern its Qatar Airways With a Different Name

Of all the different branding elements that an airline can use, the cabin crew uniform has to be one of the most important.  From the distinctive red hats worn by Emirates cabin crew or the iconic sarong kabaya of Singapore…

Delta Air Lines Really Doesn’t Want to Let its Feud with Qatar Airways Go

Speaking at an aviation summit in Dever, Colorado yesterday, Delta’s Executive Vice President Peter Carter made it perfectly clear that the Atlanta-based airline isn’t going to let its feud with Qatar Airways drop anytime soon.  Specifically, Carter called out Qatar’s…

Air Italy Being Used by Qatar Airways to Circumvent EU Wet Leasing Rules?

Air Italy has quickly established itself as the most controversial airline in Europe, reigniting a fierce debate over the role of government subsidies and what some claim is unfair competition on North American routes.  That’s because Air Italy has managed…

The Air Italy Row is Heating Up: Delta CEO Says “Qatar is Back to Their Old Tricks”

Ed Bastian, the chief exec of Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines doesn’t appear to be feeling too much Christmas cheer right now.  Instead, the longtime aviation executive is speaking out against Air Italy – a little known Italian airline that has…

Air Italy Announces Yet Another New North American Destination: Where to Next?

At this point, it’s becoming a little difficult to see Air Italy as little more than a Milan-based front for Qatar Airways to continue its North American expansion.  Just a day after announcing it would start flying to Toronto, Air…

Is Air Italy a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing? Lobby Group Says Qatar Airways is “Disrespecting” U.S. President

Back in February, the State of Qatar announced that it had reached an important agreement with U.S. authorities over a long-running dispute involving its government-owned national airline, Qatar Airways.  A little over two weeks later and a little known Italian…

Qatar Airways Investment in Air Italy Just Goes to Prove Why Europeans Will Never Get Short-haul ‘First Class’

Yesterday, the chief executive of Qatar Airways, Akbar Al Baker was present at the delivery ceremony of Air Italy’s brand new Boeing 737MAX 8 aircraft at the Boeing delivery center in Everett, near Seattle, Washington.  The fact that Baker decided…

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