Despite entering liquidation at the beginning of this year, Air Italy has applied to the United States Department of Transportation (DoT) for consent to keep on flying among Europe and the US.
Air Italy entered intentional liquidation in February of this current year and has only five working 737 airplanes. The aircraft has recently had questions with the US government over the Open Skies understanding. Prior to bankruptcy, the carrier had plans to dispatch new courses to the US.
Flying with no planes
While most airlines are worried about the transient eventual fate of the flight business, Air Italy seems, by all accounts, to be the most cheerful of all. Despite entering liquidation and not having many guaranteed planes to fly, the carrier has still applied for trips to the US.
Concurring to Aerotime, Air Italy has stated that it would be in the public to permit it the proceeded with the rights to fly. As indicated by US law, the carrier has the grounds to be absolved from 49 U.S.C. § 41301, which gives remote aircrafts the option to travel to the states, and incorporates fifth opportunity flights. The application comes in spite of Air Italy’s strained history with the US government and the enormous American bearers.
It might be a little bearer, yet Air Italy has been a purpose of dispute in the US for a long while. The issue originates from Air Italy’s proprietors. The carrier is 49% proprietor by Qatar Airways.
How is Qatar Airways involved?
Qatar Airways has been vocal, and generous, in its help of the little Italian transporter. To such an extent, that the US government and several US carriers have communicated concerns that Qatar Airways was using Air Italy to grow its hold in North America. Qatar Airways denies this.
Because of European Union guidelines, Qatar Airways can’t buy anything else than its current 49% stake. Different partners were simply not set up to let the aircraft keep working at a loss. In this way, the carrier collapsed. Be that as it may, Qatar Airways is as yet quick to help the aircraft, and this application for trips to the US could be viewed as coming, in a roundabout way, from Qatar Airways.
A future for Air Italy
With Qatar Airways’ support, Air Italy was really improving regarding deals. It piled on €330 million ($358 million) of deals in 2019. Be that as it may, it was all the while working at a misfortune generally speaking. It appears unlikely that Air Italy will pull in a purchaser, even with Qatar Airways’ considerable help.
While the endeavor to tie down trips to America may appear to be optimistic, actually, it is likely a sign that intends to exchange the carrier are continuous. In the event that the carrier can hypothetically travel to the US, at that point it would hold its Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC). This would expand the estimation of the aircraft’s advantages on account of a deal.
The present condition implies it is unlikely other airlines will be hoping to take on a battling transporter, even one with the option to travel to the US. As of now, two delegated chiefs are selling the carrier’s advantages and paying debts.
Even with Qatar Airways support, Air Italy simply couldn’t contend with bearers, for example, Easyjet and Ryanair. Do you think Qatar Airways is pushing to restore Air Italy for its own benefit? Is this genuinely the finish of Air Italy, or do you think the carrier has something arranged? Tell us what you think in the remarks.