I doubt any will occur. The Concorde will probably land at FCO with Elvis and Louis Armstrong at the controls first. No Italian government wants to go down in history as the one that killed Alitalia.
Sad but true. Have to scratch my head coz Im totally baffled why AZ goes from one crises to another with no end in sight.
I'm not baffled.
-Alitalia failed and keeps failing to build a proper hub. Many European flights don't connect to their long haul departures.
-Alitalia's yield management is not very creative. In the low season, they'd rather fly empty than lower their fares.
-Italy is a very challenging market. Very seasonal, leisure-centered yet expensive at destination (so less budget for flying).
-The product offering is not appealing, customer service is a joke, the mileage program has nothing to offer.
I was FFP on AZ a couple of years ago, I ordered goodies with my miles and never received them. I was left stranded at FCO airport, they tried to get me on a bus to a faraway hotel while the Holiday Inn around the corner had rooms available and they refused my EU compensation blaming my missed connection on forecasted weather of 3 flights ago. This is all while it was under EY.
Since then, I never booked them again. I'm not a fan of AZ at all, but I understand its economic importance for Italy.
Eventually though, I believe that something will come out of this.
I also think that any serious attempt will have to abandon the Alitalia branding, the same way Swissair rebranded as Swiss International and became successful.
Alitalia is an outdated brand and carries a negative image of a disinterested government agency geared for perpetual failure.
The Rome hub is debatable.
A Milan hub would have been more suitable for their network but equally loss-making due to high costs at MXP.
AZ needs to rethink their hub strategy. Which markets do they want to serve and how can they do it efficiently.
Rome is of course important, it's by far the largest city. However, it's too far South to serve as an efficient hub.
AZ have progressively abandoned regional operations.
There is more than one way to run an effiicient and profitable hub, even out of FCO.
AZ needs a strong leader with a vision.
While AZ is in a challeging position and will remain to be so until a proper plan is divised, I expect to see Air Italy become insolvent in the spring of 2020 and to vanish before AZ.
It's a harsh prediction, but I've predicted the struggles of DY and WOW air long before the mainstream picked up on it.
The MAX crisis is one issue, but I followed Air italy from the days that it was listed on the Milan Stock Exchange and I know it like a book.
Whatever QR invested in it will be burned by the end of this winter and QR got nothing for it. The strikes of this month will probably be the final straw and it's telling the Air Italy will shut down its OLB operation for a month and a half during the runway works rather than operate from AHO. I expect that they will never operate again from OLB after the works are completed.