is an entirely private capital Italian airline with its headquarters in Olbia.
The company was set up with the name of Alisarda on 29 March 1963 by Prince Karīm al-Hussayn Aga Khan with the aim of promoting tourism in Sardinia. Scheduled flights commenced in 1964.
On 3 May 1991 the name was changed to Meridiana.
At the end of February 2010 Meridiana fly was inaugurated, the second largest carrier in Italy, from the merger of two air transport players: Eurofly, a Company specialising in charter services to long haul holiday destinations and Meridiana, scheduled carrier with an extensive national and European network, with the primary objective of connecting the main Italian airports with the two largest islands Sardinia and Sicily.
In October 2011 Meridiana fly also completely acquired the properties of Air Italy, a chartered Italian carrier which definitively joined the Group and now operates connections on behalf of Meridiana.
After rebranding, starting in March 2013, the company has eliminated the trademark Air Italy and the suffix of Meridiana fly by replacing it with "Meridiana".
All flights are operated so as Meridiana IATA code and ICAO IG ISS. They are, however, two active C.O.A. separated payable to Meridiana fly and Air Italy, with the respective operating units, aircrew and employment contracts.
From May 2013, the company is no longer listed on the Milan Stock Exchange.
Meridiana is an important national carrier with a history of over 50 years . The airline carries over 4 million passengers annually in Italy and abroad.
Today Meridiana offers a wide range of flights and leisure type destinations: with regard to the national and international short and medium haul scheduled flights, from the main Italian airports, it is possible to reach Sardinia (Olbia and Cagliari), Sicily and Naples as well as major holiday destinations in the Mediterranean or in Egypt such as the Canary Islands, Greece and the Red Sea while the principal long range destinations, mainly serviced from Milan Malpensa and/or Rome Fiumicino, are the Maldives, Mauritius, Kenya, Zanzibar, Santo Domingo and Brazil.
The airports of Olbia - Costa Smeralda, Cagliari, Catania, Naples and Verona with Milan and Rome are the airports of reference in Italy.
Meridiana has an overall fleet of 27 aircraft consisting of 10 McDonnell Douglas MD82, 5 Airbus A320, 3 Boeing 737-700, 2 Boeing 737-300, 1 Boeing 767-200, 2 Boeing 767-300, 4 Boeing 737-800.
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