After long lasting negotiations with the European Commission, ITA (Italia Trasporto Aereo) is now set to replace Alitalia. First flight to take off on October 15th, the day after Alitalia operates its last flight, Italian Economy Ministry announced Thursday.
The new airline will begin to operate with a total of 52 aircrafts, 45 short haul and 7 long haul. ITA aims for a total of 78 aircraft by 2022.
ITA may take on some of the workers from Alitalia, who in recent years staged strikes to demand more attention to the airline’s future.
The new name or logo on the new airline’s planes is still unclear. There will be public bidding for the brand “Alitalia,” which ITA said it will compete for.
"With ITA a new important Italian airline is born, with significant growth prospects, and which will be able to compete on the national and international market” Transport Minister Enrico Giovanni reported.
All restructuring plans of Alitalia and attemps to replace it in the past have failed, however this one seems quite ambitious. I wish them good luck and hope to see the new airline thrive.