Qatar Airways steigt gerade stark bei Meridiana ein und möchte die Airline ausbauen …

Das ist ja steil. Etihad hat die Europa Tour schon hinter sich. Bei Alitalia und Airberlin sehen wir gerade den Rückzug von Etihad. Alitalia und Airberlin geht es derzeit bekanntlich nicht so gut.

Jetzt steigt Qatar Airways bei der italienischen Airline Meridiana mit 49% ein. Die Pressemeldung von Qatar Airways:

“Qatar Airways has further strengthened its commitment to Italy with the acquisition of 49 per cent of AQA Holding, the new parent company of Meridiana fly (Meridiana), while the previous sole shareholder Alisarda has kept 51 per cent.
Qatar Airways currently flies from Doha to Rome, Venice, Pisa and Milan a total of 42 times per week and this partnership will further strengthen the airline’s ties to Italy, while promoting job creation within the country, and from where it connects passengers to more than 150 destinations around the world.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “We are delighted to formalise this important partnership, which will help increase Meridiana’s competitiveness in the European market. We look forward to working together to reinforce its position to provide even more connectivity to Italy and other European destinations, as well as those in the US and beyond.””

Zur Presseaussendung von Qatar Airways: Completion Of The Meridiana Agreement By Qatar Airways And Alisarda

Man plant einen massiven Ausbau – so Al Baker – zu Reuters:

“Qatar Airways will “massively grow” the Italian airline, including a relaunch with new aircraft and new branding and an expansion of its European and international network, Chief Executive Akbar al-Baker told Reuters in Doha.
Meridiana, Italy’s second biggest airline, will “over the next six months” start taking delivery of widebody Boeing 787s or Airbus (AIR.PA) A330s, and narrowbody Boeing (BA.N) 737 MAXs ordered by Qatar Airways, he said.”

Zur Reuters Meldung: Qatar Airways expects Meridiana to be Italy’s ‘real’ national carrier

Na dann bleibt uns nur toi, toi, toi zu sagen.