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From Italia Trasporto Aereo Airline to Alitalia Loyalty Rewards Aviation Feature, Aviation News

The CEO of the new airline, Fabio Lazzerini, confirmed at a press conference that the airline will grow to 78 aircraft in 2022.This increase will bring in 26 more aircraft of which 6 will be wide body and 20 narrow body.What will happen to Alitalia loyalty rewards when the new national airline takes off?

Said Lazzerini: “From 2022, we expect to begin the introduction of the new generation aircraft in the fleet, which will progressively replace the old technology aircraft. At the end of 2025, the fleet will grow to 105 (23 wide body and 82 narrow body), with 81 new generation aircraft (equal to 77 percent of the total fleet) which will allow – in the intentions of the newco – to significantly reduce the impact environment and optimize the efficiency and quality of the offer.”
THE LOYALTY CARD
ITA says goodbye to the Alitalia MilleMiglia – What happens to the points on the Alitalia card?
The loyalty card switch from Alitalia to ITA is planned for mid-October when Alitalia stops flying and the new ITA (Italy Air Transport) begins, which will leave only 52 aircraft. According to the new CEO, this is enough to “compete.” He said that while it is true that the other companies have larger fleets, “how many planes do they actually fly now?” Says Lazzerini, given the COVID crisis, there are few.

Lazzerini explained: “To avoid spending all the Italian government money, we have chosen a gradual approach linked to the volumes of traffic expected in the coming months. If the variants do not lead to new closures, the company will increase the number of aircraft [to 78 in 2022] in step with the increase in traffic.”
What happens to Alitalia’s MilleMiglia card?
The European Commission decided that Alitalia Loyalty, the company that manages the loyalty program of the Italian company “MilleMiglia,” must be sold to the highest bidder through a public tender, transparent and open to all interested parties. But ITA, the new state airline, will not be able to participate in this tender as a sign of discontinuity between the 2 companies. The MilleMiglia cards in circulation will thus end up with a new owner who is not yet known and who could also operate in an area other than the aviation sector.
What happens from October 15, 2021?
The buyer of the loyalty program will decide how to use the prize pool of miles that the members (about 5 million) have accumulated. Since these miles are a debt for those who manage the program, it will be necessary to see how it will be “repaid.” If the new owner of Loyalty were to be, for example, a supermarket brand, it could convert those miles into shopping vouchers, Lazzerini stated.

COVID emergency: Flight from India detained in Rome Aviation Feature, Aviation News

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Due to the worsening COVID situation in India, travelers arriving at Fuimicino Airport in Rome were subjected to new health measures.In addition to temperature and swab tests, passengers were sent straight to quarantine centers.Before being released from the centers, passengers must pass another COVID test with a negative reading.

The health and help system at Fiumicino airport were meticulous as the 214 passengers from India who arrived at 9:30 pm on Air India’s Boeing 787 disembarked. The health personnel measured the temperature of each of the travelers and directed them to a dedicated room at Terminal 5. The airport personnel then carried out the first antigenic swabs at the health stations that were set up immediately upon the plane’s arrival.
All 350 passengers’ bags were sanitized, and there were 9 Red Cross vehicles waiting, including 3 coaches and 6 ambulances, as well as 3 coaches and 3 other smaller army vehicles. The vehicles will take the passengers to 2 facilities in the capital for swab tests and further checks on the possible presence of cases of the India variant of the coronavirus, according to National Civil Protection sources.

In particular, 50 will go to the military citadel of Cecchignola, while the others will go to a COVID-designated hotel. The personnel handling the India passengers held a coordination meeting on the subject with the Lazio Regional Civil Protection.

Farewell Alitalia Airline: Hello Italia Trasporto Aereo SpA (ITA) Aviation Feature, Aviation News

Farewell Alitalia Airline: Hello Italia Trasporto Aereo SpA (ITA) 3

According to the Italian government decree signed on the evening of October 9 by the four ministers of Economy, Transport, Economic Development, and Labor, the company statute, annexed to the decree, confirms that the Alitalia name will no longer exist. The new company, Italia Trasporto Aereo SpA, will be based “in the Municipality of Rome,” […]
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Expansion of Fiumicino Airport denied Aviation Feature, Aviation News

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This article is provided by our syndication partner eTurboNews. To read this article on eTurboNews  click on the headline below: Expansion of Fiumicino Airport denied   [embedded content] Fiumicino International Airport It took 12 years, but in the end, the Italy Ministry of the Environment rejected the project to expand Fiumicino International Airport, also known

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Alliance with Emirates to strengthen connectivity in Europe Aviation Feature, Aviation News

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This article is provided by our syndication partner eTurboNews. To read this article on eTurboNews  click on the headline below: Alliance with Emirates to strengthen connectivity in Europe   Alliance with Emirates to strengthen connectivity in Europe Vueling airline and International Airlines Group (IAG) announced a new interconnection agreement with the flag carrier of the

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Alitalia Airline granted another miracle Aviation Feature, Aviation News

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This article is provided by our syndication partner eTurboNews. To read this article on eTurboNews  click on the headline below: Alitalia Airline granted another miracle   November 21, 2019 is yet another new extension date granted by the Italy Minister of Economic Development,  (MED), Stefano Patuanelli, to Alitalia Airline for the presentation of bids. The

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Brexit, Boeing 737 MAX limbo put hundreds of Ryanair jobs at risk Aviation Feature, Aviation News

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This article is provided by our syndication partner eTurboNews. To read this article on eTurboNews  click on the headline below: Brexit, Boeing 737 MAX limbo put hundreds of Ryanair jobs at risk   Irish budget carrier Ryanair issued a shocking announcement that it foresees up to 1,500 redundancies among its employees. Those are 500 pilots,

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