Air One


Air One

Infobox_Airline
airline=Air One
logo=
logo_size=200
IATA=AP
ICAO=ADH
callsign=HERON
parent=AP Holding S.p.A.
founded=1983
key_people= Carlo Toto, Lino Bergonzi, Nicola Ruccia
headquarters= Rome, Italy
hubs=Malpensa International Airport
focus_cities=Milan Linate Airport
Leonardo da Vinci Airport
Turin International Airport
Venice Marco Polo Airport
frequent_flyer=Miles & More
lounge=Senator Lounge
alliance=
fleet_size=44 (+95 orders, 20 options)
destinations=25
website= http://www.flyairone.it

Air One S.p.A. is an independent airline based in Rome, Italy. It operates a high-frequency domestic scheduled network to 36 destinations in Italy, Europe and North America. 2007 revenues totaled EUR750 million ($1,032 million USD)with a net profit of EUR6.8 million ($9.4 million USD). Regional destinations are served under the name Air One CityLiner with the brand new fleet of Canadair CRJ-900's.

Its main bases are Leonardo da Vinci International Airport, in Rome, Linate Airport, in Milan, and Turin International Airportcite news | title= Directory: World Airlines | work= Flight International | pages= 64-65 | date= 2007-03-27] , all equipped with a dedicated Air One Lounge named "Sala Welcome".

Even though the official airline name is pronounced in the English way, "Airone" in Italian means heron, which is the company logo.

History

Air One began life as Aliadriatica which was established in Pescara in 1983 to operate as a flying school and provide air-taxi services and later regional scheduled services. With the acquisition of its first Boeing 737-200 in June 1994, Aliadriatica started scheduled and charter operations. On 23 November 1995, the new name Air One was adopted and the airline began operating scheduled flights between Rome and Milan. In 1996, the first full year of operations, 713,000 passengers were carried and the airline expanded rapidly. In 2000 Air One announced a partnership with Lufthansa and nearly all Air One flights are code-shared with Lufthansa.

In June 2006, Air One CityLiner was launched as a regional subsidiary; in 2007, Air One carried approximately 5.5 million passengers (scheduled and charter), thus becoming the second largest Italian airline in terms of passenger traffic.

In August 2008, it was announced that Air One is to be merged with Alitalia. [http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/2a9dd312-7774-11dd-be24-0000779fd18c.html] Details of the merger have yet to be disclosed.

Destinations

Codeshares

Air One codeshares with the following airlines [ [http://www.flyairone.it/en/OrganizzaViaggio/DestinazioniInternazionali.aspx International routes in code-share with Air One ] ] :

* Aegean Airlines
* Air Baltic
* Air Canada
* Air Malta
* Austrian Airlines
* Bulgaria Air
* Croatia Airlines
* Ethiopian Airlines
* LOT Polish Airlines
* Lufthansa
* TAP Portugal
* Swiss International Airlines
* United Airlines
* US Airways

Fleet

The Air One fleet includes the following aircraft (as of 3 October 2008) [http://www.ch-aviation.ch/aircraft.php?search=set&airline=AP&al_op=1] :



*In January 2006 the airline signed a contract with Airbus for 30 Airbus A320s and 60 options, reportedly worth $1.8 billion at list prices, to replace the carrier's leased fleet of Boeing 737-400s [ [http://www.atwonline.com/news/story.html?storyID=3699 Air Transport World] 13 January 2006] .
*In May 2006, it has placed an order for 6 Canadair CRJ-900 along with options on a further 4 aircraft. Fact|date=February 2007
*The airline has received the first of three Avro RJ70 aircraft wet leased from Transwede Airways.
*White Eagle Aviation, of Poland, acquired a single ATR 42 on lease and placed it into service on a long-term Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance and Insurance (ACMI) contract with Air One flying domestic Italian passenger routes [Airliner World, February 200] ] .
*In February 2007 Air One announced the conversion of 10 Airbus A320 options into firm orders, bringing its total order for the type to 40 firm, as well as 25 options and 25 purchase rights [ [http://www.atwonline.com/news/story.html?storyID=7884 Air Transport World] 12 February 2007] .
*In May 2007 the airline announced the conversion of options and purchase rights for 50 Airbus A320s into firm orders, bringing its commitment to the type to 90 aircraft. By 2012 Air One expects to operate flights to 35 destinations in Europe, rather than 9 currently [ [http://www.atwonline.com/news/story.html?storyID=8842 Air Transport World] 9 May 2007] .
*In June 2008 the airline has ordered 24 planes from Airbus for 4.8 billion dollars. Air One also had an option to buy another 20 planes for 3.8 billion dollars, Carlo Toto told a news conference. The order of the 24 planes includes 12 A330s and 12 A350s [http://www.reuters.com/article/rbssIndustryMaterialsUtilitiesNews/idUSRAT00385820080604]

References

External links

* [http://www.flyairone.com/ Air One]
* [http://www.ch-aviation.ch/aircraft.php?search=set&airline=AP&al_op=1 Air One Fleet]

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