Through our research we have identified the 55 airlines in the lefthand menu having flights from the UK or Ireland to the rest Europe.
For each airline, where possible we give a
- Brief history
- Their aircraft fleet
- List their UK and Ireland departure airports
- List of destination countries from each airport
- Resent news items
- Link to their booking page
Todays featured airline - Alitalia
Alitalia, the national airline of Italy, is based at Rome Leonardo Da Vinci International Airport with a hub at Malpensa International Airport, Milan.
The airline started flying passengers in 1947 with the first International flight the following year.
By the 1990?s Alitalia was carrying but has struggled financially in the 2000s.
At the end of 2006 the airline was 49% owned by the Italian governement which is looking to bring in new investment and reduce that share in 2007.
Alitalia went through troubled times in 2008 when a buyer was sought, though perspective buyers failed to get agreements with the unions over cut backs. In October 2008 unions made agreements that would allow investments to take place.
Alitalia was relaunched in 2009, having also acquired Air One (Italy number 2 airline at the time) with 25% of ownership going to Air France-KLM.
In 2010, the Alitalia subsidiary, Air One, was relaunched as a low cost airline.
In mid 2014 it was announced that the Abu Dhabi-based airline, Etihad, had agreed to take a 49% share in Alitalia, subject to regulatory approval.
Alitalia carried 21.5 million passengers in 2018.
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