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Formed in 2003. Formerly TAI-Transporti Aerei Italiani and Air Columbia. Charter, domestic & regional, passengers & cargo, jet airplane services.
Via Tiburtina 384
I-65129, Pescara (PE), Italy
ITALY (ITALIAN REPUBLIC) WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1861, IT COVERS AN AREA OF 301,268 SQ KM, ITS POPULATION IS 58 MILLION, ITS CAPITAL CITY IS ROME, AND ITS OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IS ITALIAN.
December 2004: Dornier 328JET (3133, I-ACLG), Leasing Roma leased.
July 2005: Member of Aeroservices Group.
March 2006: ItAli Airlines (ACL) (9X/Pescara) has added an ex-Bulgarian Air Charter (BUC/Sofia) MD-82.
November 2006: MD-82 (49212, I-DAWW) has "RDS World Tour - 100% grandi successi" stickers on the fuselage - see photo.
June 2007: At the Paris Air Show, ItAli Airlines (ACL) of Italy signed a deal for 10 Superjet 100/95 long-range airplanes with options for an additional 10, in a deal valued at $283 million. It is the first Western customer for the airplane produced by Sukhoi and Alenia Aeronautica. The announcement raises the total Superjet firm orders to 71. The new jets will replace (ACL)'s fleet of MD-80s and Dornier 328JETs and will be used to increase frequencies and serve international destinations between Italy and Eastern Europe. Roll-out for the Superjet is expected by year end, and the first will be delivered to launch customer Aeroflot Russian Airlines (ARO) in November 2008.
August 2007: Alitalia (ALI)'s new Chairman, Maurizio Prato, is considering selling regional and charter subsidiary Alitalia (ALI) Express in a separate tender, Finanza e Mercati reported. Air Alps and ItAli (ACL) were named as potential buyers.
September 2007: Superjet International (SI), the new joint venture (JV) between Alenia Aereonautica and Sukhoi Holding focusing on worldwide after-sales support and marketing and sales of the Superjet 100 regional airplane family in Europe, the Americas, Africa, Oceania and Japan, is targeting approximately 300 orders by 2010. The total includes the order for 10 placed by ItAli Airlines (ACL), the Superjet's Western launch customer. "One of the main priorities from tomorrow will be to try to get some orders from [Western] leasing companies," newly appointed CEO, Alessandro Franzoni said in Venice at (SI)'s launch. "They normally place large orders, and when they place an order, it sends confidence for the new airplane type to the market." He also said he has taken the advice of ATR Chairman, Filippo Bagnato, who said that "you have to sell a regional airplanet three times to conclude a sales agreement - - once to the airlines which is the easy part, then to the banks, and finally, and last but not least, to the entities that warrant the credit." Franzoni could not say which regions will account for the remaining 290 orders. "Hey, this is my first day," he joked, adding on a serious note, that he reckons the USA market will be the "most difficult." To date, 71 SSJs have been ordered plus 39 options. Sukhoi Chairman, Viktor Subbotin said he will announce two new orders "in the next weeks" and stressed he is confident total firm orders will top 100 by year end. He also confirmed there is an active interest in the VIP version. "There is a current interest from the Russian market for about 20 of these, and we see a [worldwide] demand for about 100 in the short term," he said. Conversion to the VIP, as well as to cargo configuration, will be the responsibility of (SI), which will outsource the work to Venice-based Alenia Aeronavali. Sukhoi General Manager, Mikhail Pogosyan reitered that the company is targeting "a good share" of the potential market for new 75/100-seat regional jets, which is estimated at 5,400 airplanes over the next 20 years. "Our business plan forsees to catch about 1,200 orders," he said. Some 70% are expected to be generated in markets covered by the new (JV), with 30% in Sukhoi's territory of Russia, (CIS), India, China, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia.
December 2007: 2 MD-82s (49216, I-DAVB; 49431, I-DAVJ), Alitalia (ALI) leased.
February 2008: Sukhoi does not intend to follow the example of Airbus (EDS) with its A380 or Boeing (TBC) with its 787 and stressed that its SSJ program is proceeding according to schedule. The prototype Superjet 100 is in final assembly at Komsomolsk and rollout of the 95-seat variant is scheduled for September 26. First flight will take place by year end and first delivery to Aeroflot (ARO) is expected in November 2008. Delivery to the first Western customer, ItAli Airlines (ACL) is planned for December 2009. Sukhoi General Manager, Mikhail Pogosyan said the company will take a decision on the development of a shorter or stretched version "in a short time."
Meanwhile, Alenia Aeronautica is waiting for Russian President, Vladimir Putin to sign a decree allowing the Finmeccanica subsidiary to take a 25%-plus-one share in Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Co. Non-Russian companies are allowed to take only 25% in certain strategic industries, including aviation, and a special presidential decree is necessary for the Italian company to acquire the extra share.
At June's Paris Air Show, a general agreement was signed between Alenia Aeronautica and Sukhoi Holding for the 25.1% shareholding, paving the way for Finmeccanica to realize its longstanding ambition to be involved in a regional jet program. It currently is a 50% shareholder through Alenia Aeronautica in turboprop manufacturer ATR, with (EADS) (EDS) holding the other half. It is widely known that Finmeccanica would like to take over EADS (EDS)' shareholding in ATR.
March 2008: Technical problems will postpone delivery of the first Sukhoi Superjet indefinitely, the Russian manufacturer announced. First deliveries originally were slated to begin by late 2008. "The airplane is currently in the final testing stages and it will make its first flight within a month," Alexei Fyodorov, CEO of United Aircraft Building Corp, told "RIA Novosti." "Our specialists are working round the clock to meet our obligations to contractors." Recently, Superjet International CEO, Alessandro Franzoni told the SpeedNews Commercial Aviation Suppliers Conference in Los Angeles that the regional jet's first flight was "imminent." To date, the 78/98-seat airplane family has garnered 73 firm orders plus 46 options, the bulk of them from Russian customers. The company hopes to market some 700 airplanes priced at $25 to $28 million. Program suppliers include Honeywell (SGC), Parker, Thales (THL), and Goodrich (BFG). The SaM 146 engine is supplied by Powerjet, a joint venture between Snecma and NPO Saturn.
November 2008: Russia's Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company is pressing ahead with the type certification schedule for its Superjet 100 ahead of launching serial production next year. On November 5, a specially chartered An-124-10 flight operated by Volga-Dnepr Airlines (VDA) transported fuselage, wings and empennage to the Siberian Chaplygin aviation research center in Novosibirsk for assembly of a second prototype for full-scale static tests. The other ground-test airplane is under trials at the Central Aerohydrodynamics Institute (TsAGI) at Zhukovsky outside Moscow. The first operable prototype has chalked up more than 100 hours of flying since May 19. Two more airplanes are slated fly in December and January.
The static test program at the Chaplygin center is designed to validate the airframe's service life capability of 70,000 hours as claimed by Sukhoi. This is double that of the short-/medium-range Tu-134 the Superjet is expected to replace. "Following the reassembly, the airframe will be subjected to fatigue and functional checks providing for its airworthiness during 140,000 hours," Chaplygin Director, Vladimir Barsuk said. "We have already tested about 170 key elements successfully and don't expect gross abnormalities in its operability as a whole." At the same time, (TsAGI), while continuing airframe structural trials, has begun testing the passenger cabin structure for safety by simulating internal pressurization at different altitudes.
The Snecma/(NPO) Saturn engine joint venture is poised to launch a series of on-wing trials of the PowerJet SaM146 in France, once they are completed in Russia. Program Co-director, Yuri Basyuk said the engine's performance measured under various operating modes and involving up to 2,000 parameters, has remained within forecast levels.
Sukhoi is bent on gaining Russian certification for the Superjet by mid-2009 and starting delivery to launch customer Aeroflot (ARO) toward the end of next year. It says (KhAAPO) is gearing up for mass production with logistics and material supples being arranged. Yet there are serious doubts about the schedule's viability. Citing a lack of funds, Sukhoi and (NPO) Saturn last month jointly appealed for an injection of an extra $150 million from the state to expedite the Superjet's certification.
January 2009: ItAli Airlines (ACL) is a regional carrier operating scheduled & charter, cargo and air taxi jet airplane flights.
(IATA) Group: 9X. (ICAO) Code: ACL - (Callsign - ITALI (SPADA)).
Parent organization/shareholders: Guiseppi Spadaccini (100%).
Main Base: Pescara airport (PSR).
January 2011: ItAli Airlines (ACL) has ceased all operations on January 18 after its CEO had previously been arrested on tax evasion charges. (ACL) had operated several MD-82s and Do328JETs on scheduled and charter services and was supposed to be the Western launch customer for the Sukhoi Superjet SSJ 100-95.
April 2011: Italy’s Civil Aviation Administration (ENAC) last month revoked the Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) of ItAli Airlines (ACL), citing (ACL)’s continuing critical financial situation. ItAli (ACL) was the first Western carrier to place an order in 2007 for 10 firm Sukhoi Superjet 100s and a further 10 options. The order was taken off Sukhoi’s order book earlier this year. (ACL) operated five MD-80s, and its executive flight division "Mustfly" had one Cessna Citation and five Citation Mustangs.