Alitalia soon to be Star Alliance Member?

Alitalia soon to join Star Alliance?

Johanna Koyser
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The Italian airline Alitalia has been trying for years to prevent a flight stop of its fleet caused by economic problems. Several rescue attempts by various investors have not been sustainable until today. A new ray of hope for the national airline could be joining the Star Alliance. This became evident when Giuseppe Leogrande, insolvency administrator of Alitalia, and Joerg Eberhardt, manager of Lufthansa’s Air Dolomiti subsidiary, spoke to members of the Italian Transport Commission yesterday. 

According to Eberhardt, however, the purchase of Alitalia is not yet under discussion. Lufthansa is interested in a commercial partnership, but not in an investment. Giuseppe Leogrande welcomed the move, but this does not mean that it will be implemented – after all, Delta Airways, Air France-KLM, and the Italian state railway Ferrovie dello Stato are still interested in the insolvent company.

It is therefore interesting to see how the Italian flagship in passenger aviation will continue. Finally, we ask ourselves what interest Lufthansa might have in cooperating with a group that has been severely weakened economically. The main focus is probably on Rome Fiumicino Airport, which would be of interest to the company as a new hub in southern Europe. These intentions were also apparent from Eberhardt’s statements.

by Johanna Koyser

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