VictorKilo From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 301 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1670 times:
The present crisis at Alitalia gives us armchair airline CEO's a chance to figure out what we would do to build a intercontinental airline from Italy.
For the sake of discussion, let's assume you're the CEO of Air One. You have two 332's, with orders 10 more, and a domestic network in Italy. Alitalia suddenly ceases to operate.
Longhaul aircraft available on the market (per the Speednews website) include the following:
3 343's (2 from Air Canada, one from Etihad)
4 345's (all from Thai)
6 744's (2 ex-Singapore with PW engines; 2 ex-Singapore, ex-Oasis, with PW engines; and 2 ex-South African with GE engines)
16 763's from various airlines
Alitalia's fleet of 10 763's and 10 772's may also be available.
Of the potential longhaul destinations that Alitalia served, ten are easily within the range of the 763 (YYZ, BOS, JFK, EWR, MIA, ORD, CCS, ACC, LOS, DXB), four are within 5900 to 6000 miles (NRT, KIX, GRU, LAX), and one is around 7000 miles (EZE). Serving NRT would require slots, which would be difficult to get.
What presently available aircraft would you add to your fleet? What destinations would you serve? Would you serve these from FCO or MXP? And would your plans change if AF or BA or another airline snapped up AZ's 772's?