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Alitalia: the airline still loses 1.5 million a day

Despite this it orders 3 A-321neo instead of 3 A-321

The leaders of the carrier Alitalia and the unions met -last Friday- at the Italian Ministry of Economic Development, in a meeting in which -as reported by the "Corriere della Sera"- the economic performance of the company was presented, confirming that the revenues are in increase as well as passengers even if at the same time continues to operate at a loss of about 1.5 million euros per day. An impressive number that shows how the approximately 18 months of supervised administration, even though they allowed Alitalia to stay alive, did not lead to a return to the carrier's viability.

In addition, the three extraordinary commissioners have also announced that three new Airbus A-321neo airplanes will soon arrive, so as to retire the same number of A-321s. A farsighted choice because the new twin-engine produced by the European company consumes less fuel than the older ones, while offering better passenger comfort and a greater range of action. The aircraft will arrive after a renegotiation with the company that leases the three A-321s that will be sent back and should cost about 300,000 euros per month, thus avoiding Alitalia the outlay for the purchase directly from the manufacturer. However this will be the first step towards the modernization of the fleet, including the long haul where Alitalia will open a new connection with Washington in the next year. Furthermore, the intention would be to strengthen the Rome-Seoul route and start flying its aircraft to Nairobi.

To do this, new airplanes will be needed, but above all it is necessary that the acquisition of Alitalia by Ferrovie dello Stato is completed, to find industrial partners willing to invest in the Italian airline. The extraordinary administration has avoided proceeding with the order of new generation long-range aircraft in order not to incur the opening of a State aid investigation, even if the new A-321neo, the Rome-Washington route, the new Fiumicino's lounge and the "entry into service" uniforms last week could end up under the lens of the European Commission, which will want to know whether for these innovations the funds of the € 900 million bridge loan granted by the Italian Government have been used.

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