Alitalia is an Italian airline, which took over the name, the landing rights, many planes and some other assets from the liquidation process of the old Alitalia — Linee Aeree Italiane and the entire Air One. The company has its head office in Fiumicino, Italy. Its main hub is Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport, Rome.Alitalia is Italy"s biggest airline, and the world's 19th. The company has 3 subsidiaries, namely: Air One Smart Carrier, Alitalia CityLiner and Alitalia Express. Currently, CAI holds 75% and Air France-KLM 25% in the airline’s stake.
Alitalia is an Italian portmanteau of the words ali (wings), and Italia (Italy).
Alitalia or Linee Aeree Italiane was established on 16 September 1946 as Aerolinee Italiane Internazionali, more commonly known as Alitalia. It started operations in 1947. However, Alitalia - Linee Aeree Italiane S.p.A. went into liquidation in 2008, due to problems with pilots and crew members and labour difficulties. In 2008, a group of Italian entrepreneurs along with Intesa Sanpaolo, a major Italian bank, founded Compagnia Aerea Italiana with the aim of buying the trademark and some of the assets of the bankrupt Alitalia — Linee Aeree Italiane and to merge these with Air One, another Italian carrier. Only the Alitalia trademark would be kept for the merged company.
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The cheapest flights offered by Alitalia is for the route Flights from Cagliari to Rome, and the longest flight is on route Flights from Dusseldorf to Florence which takes 9h 5m.