ITA has just taken off with ambitions to become the reference airline of the Italian Peninsula. It starts its activity with a limited network and a compact fleet compared to what Alitalia was before the pandemic.

For its debut, ITA serves 44 destinations through 59 air routes, in particular from Rome-Fiumicino (29.1% of capacity), Milan-Linate (27.4%) and Catania (5.6%). For the record, in October 2019, Alitalia’s network aligned 78 destinations and more than 100 routes.

The company’s capacity is therefore only 54% of what it was in the days of Alitalia. The fleet…

ITA has just taken off with ambitions to become the reference airline of the Italian Peninsula. It starts its activity with a limited network and a compact fleet compared to what Alitalia was before the pandemic.

For its debut, ITA serves 44 destinations through 59 air routes, in particular from Rome-Fiumicino (29.1% of capacity), Milan-Linate (27.4%) and Catania (5.6%). For the record, in October 2019, Alitalia’s network aligned 78 destinations and more than 100 routes.

The company’s capacity is therefore only 54% of what it was in the days of Alitalia. The 52-aircraft fleet comprises only seven long-haul aircraft, all Airbus A330s.

ITA already plans to serve 58 destinations on 74 routes next year with 78 aircraft. It will resume flights to New York in November. They will be followed next March by a return to Miami and Boston and during the summer of 2022 to Los Angeles, Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires.

The carrier has for the moment decided to take over the free place left by Alitalia in the Skyteam alliance. It has already signed a first partnership agreement with Delta Air Lines. Skyteam and ITA will have to formalize their links in practice. And that a future strategic partner of the new airline is also interested in the Skyteam alliance.Air France-KLM is said to be considering a strategic tie-up with the new airline.

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Skyteam would in fact seem to be rather favourable to accepting ITA as a member. Indeed, the alliance is currently suffering from a disintegration of its members in Europe with the restructuring of the Czech CSA and the likely takeover of Air Europa by IAG. However, the game is still open.