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意大利航空(Alitalia)的继任者ITA仍在考虑与中国直接对接

2020-10-13 13:28

 

新华网罗马10月12日电意大利航空公司首席执行官法比奥·拉泽里尼12日表示,即将从濒临破产的意大利航空公司中崛起的新航空公司ITA仍未决定是否开通直飞中国的航班。


周一,意大利多家新闻网站援引拉泽里尼的话说,他将担任意大利航空公司转型为ITA的首席执行官。ITA是意航总部意大利的缩写,也是意航总部的缩写。新华社联系意大利航空公司新闻办公室时,证实了拉泽里尼的言论是准确的。


新航空公司将会有一个新的标志,雇佣大约6500人,机队将近100架飞机,一旦开始运营,将会得到大约30亿欧元(35亿美元)的资金支持。媒体报道称,这一改造预计将在2021年初完成。


意大利财政部长罗伯托•瓜尔蒂耶里(Roberto Gualtieri)上周谈到了ITA的重启,他表示,意大利政府将为ITA配备必要的管理人员和资源,使这家新公司“在欧洲和国际市场上具有竞争力”。同样在上周,签署创建ITA法令的基础设施和交通部长保拉·德·米切利(Paola De Micheli)说,“一家全国性航空公司诞生了,它将发挥主导作用。”


意大利航空公司在经历了数年的财务困境后,提出了重组和更名的计划。该公司去年有破产的危险。


除了Lazzerini,新公司将由董事长Francesco Caio领导,他是一位经验丰富的国际高管,以及其他七名被任命的来自不同背景的董事。


谈到新公司将运营的航线,Lazzerini说,飞往北美和南美的航班“将会保留”,但董事会“仍在考虑包括中国在内的亚洲大部分地区”。他还表示,飞往日本的航线将继续。


他说,新公司还在考虑结盟的问题,拉泽里尼称这是“产业计划的基础部分”。意大利航空公司是天合联盟的一部分。但新闻报道推测,如果事实证明天合联盟更合适,新航空公司可能会退出天合联盟,加入另一个主要的全球航空联盟。


在新公司准备开始运营之前,该公司将继续以意航的名义运营。但据意大利《晚邮报》报道,尽管据报道,与2019年同期相比,意大利航空公司在2020年第三季度削减了开支,但该公司目前每天消耗的现金高达180万欧元(210万美元)。


意大利议会必须批准该计划,根据该计划,意大利政府将持有新公司的股份,直到其经济状况好转到足以使其完全私有化。

 

ROME, Oct. 12 (Xinhua) -- ITA, the new airline set to emerge from the near-collapse of Italy's flag carrier Alitalia, is still undecided about whether to operate direct flights to China, Alitalia Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Fabio Lazzerini has said.

Lazzerini, appointed as the CEO to transform Alitalia into ITA, was quoted by multiple Italian news sites on Monday as discussing the plans for ITA, which is an acronym for Italia Trasporto Aereo (Italian Air Transport) as well as a common abbreviation for Italy, the airline's home base. The Alitalia press office confirmed Lazzerini's comments were accurate when contacted by Xinhua.

The new airline will have a new logo, will employ about 6,500 people, will have a fleet of nearly 100 aircraft and will have a financial endowment of around three billion euros (3.5 billion U.S. dollars) once it starts operations. The transformation is expected to be completed by early 2021, media reports said.

According to Italy's Finance Minister Roberto Gualtieri, who spoke about the relaunch last week, the Italian government will equip ITA with the managers and resources necessary to make the new company "competitive on the European and international markets." Also last week, Infrastructure and Transport Minister Paola De Micheli, who signed the decree creating ITA, said that "a national airline is born, and it will play a leading role."

The plan to revamp and rename Alitalia came after years of financial struggles for the airline, which was in danger of going bankrupt last year.

In addition to Lazzerini, the new company will be led by Chairman Francesco Caio, an experienced international executive, and seven other appointed directors from diverse backgrounds.

Speaking about the routes the new company will operate, Lazzerini said that flights to north and south America "will be maintained," but the board "is still thinking about most of Asia, including China." He also said routes to Japan would be continued.

He said the new company was also mulling over the question of alliances, which Lazzerini called "a fundamental part of the industrial plan." Alitalia is part of the SkyTeam alliance. But news reports have speculated that the new airline could withdraw from SkyTeam and join another major global air alliance if that proved to be a better fit.

The company will continue as Alitalia until the new company is ready to start operations. But according to the Corriere della Sera newspaper, Alitalia is burning through cash at the rate of 1.8 million euros (2.1 million U.S. dollars) per day, though the company has reportedly reduced expenses in the third quarter of 2020 compared to the same period in 2019.

Italy's parliament must give its stamp of approval to the plan, which will see the Italian state hold a stake in the new company until its economic situation improves enough for it to be completely privatized.

 

来自: xinhua