ROME, ITALYItaly now officially has a new airline. Aeroitalia was announced yesterday with a press conference that was held at the Hil- ton Hotel in Rome Fiumicino Airport. Aeroitalia secured its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) from the Italian civil aviation regulator on April 22nd, four months after its application.

Aeroitalia was established with entirely private capital. The founder partners are South American entrepreneur German Efromovich (Non-Executive President), the French banker and expert in the sector of airline financing, Marc Bourgade (Chairman), and the university professor and expert in air transport, Gaetano Intrieri (Chief Executive Officer).

“Aeroitalia will be a sustainable airline who respects and serves its most valuable assets: its passengers,”

said Marc Bourgade, Aeroitalia’s Chairman.

“Today is an important day not only for the birth of Aeroitalia but also for the entire commercial aviation in Italy and across the world. An airline has being created that will offer everyone the opportunity to fly, strictly respecting standards of safety, comfort and excellence in service,"

said German Efromovich, Aeroitalia’s Non-Executive President.

The startup carrier plans to launch passenger and cargo operations from its regional hub at Forli Luigi Ridolfi Airport by summer 2022. Aeroitalia is expected to launch charter operations in the coming days and develop its regional network in line with demand. The airline also plans to begin long-haul flights in the near future.

Aeroitalia will show up in Italian skies with a fleet of six Boeing 737-800 jets. A Boeing 787 Dreamliner will join the airline's fleet in 2023 for long-haul operations.