Eurofly was a privately owned airline based in Milan, Italy.[1] Listed on MTA Stock Exchange and controlled by Meridiana, it was Italy's leading carrier in the leisure flights market and mainly operated international, medium to long haul, point-to-point flights.

Eurofly
Eurofly logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
GJ EEZ E-FLY
Founded26 May 1989
Ceased operations28 February 2010 (merged with Meridiana to create Meridiana fly)
Operating basesGuglielmo Marconi Airport
Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport
Malpensa Airport
Fleet size41
Destinations41 (combined figure for Meridiana and Eurofly)
HeadquartersMilan, Italy
Websiteeurofly.it/EN/index.asp
A Eurofly Douglas DC-9 in the original livery at Dublin Airport.
A Eurofly Airbus A319 seen in 2006.

The medium-haul activity was centered mainly on operations to Egypt and the Red Sea Riviera, Spain and Greece. The long haul included some of Italians’ preferred tropical destinations like the Maldives and Sri Lanka or Africa. Furthermore, during the summer season, Eurofly operated non-stop scheduled flights to New York City, exploiting the reverse seasonality of if compared to tropical destinations and focusing on incoming traffic to Italy. The company slogan was The Italian [air]way of life.

In 2010, the airline merged with Meridiana to form Meridiana Fly (but returned to its name Meridiana after merging with Air Italy).

HistoryEdit

The airline was established on 26 May 1989 with the aim of selling medium-haul flights to tour operators. Eurofly started its operations on 26 February 1990. It was set up with a 45% shareholding by Alitalia in response to the needs of the flag carrier to develop the leisure travel market. The original shareholding was divided between Alitalia (45%), Olivetti (45%) and San Paolo Finance (10%). There have been several changes of ownership since.[2]


In January 2004, Eurofly was acquired by Profilo Spinnkaer Private Equity Fund, managed by Sandro Capotosti (CEO and Founder of Banca Prolilo) and Paolo G. Alberoni. The Fund listed Eurofly on the Milan Stock Exhange on December 2005 [3] At the end of 2006, Spinnaker sold the residual 29,95% stake in Eurofly to Meridiana and Mr Giovanni Rossi (CEO of Meridiana) took over the CEO position in Eurofly.

In January 2008, two capital increases took place and Meridiana participation in Eurofly's capital grew to 46.1%.

On 28 February 2010, Meridiana and Eurofly merged to create Italy's second-biggest airline. The new airline is called Meridiana fly (Later Replaced & Return To Meridiana former name after the Merge Of Air Italy). For now, both airlines aircraft will continue to carry their individual logos. However, Eurofly's GJ code will immediately disappear and be replaced by Meridiana's IG code.[4]

By 2013 & 2014, all of the Eurofly Airbus fleet that was merged with Meridiana to create Meridiana Fly (later to return to its former name Meridiana after merging with Air Italy) were by Boeing aircraft to pursue the aim of operating an all Boeing fleet together with Air Italy. All Airbus aircraft Eurofly formerly owned are currently still flying under its new owners.[5]

DestinationsEdit

Before eurofly was acquired by Meridiana, the airline had 2 codeshare agreements which are with Air One and British Airways.[6]

FleetEdit

The Eurofly fleet consisted of the following aircraft (as of February 2010). As of 4 July 2009, the average age of the Eurofly fleet was 6.8 years.[7]

Eurofly Historical Fleet
Aircraft Total Introduced Retired Remark
Airbus A319-115(LR) 1 2006 2007 I-ECJA on lease[8]
Airbus A320-214 16 2001 2010 on lease[9]
Airbus A330-200 5 2002 2010 on lease[8]
Boeing 737-400 1 2000 2000 TC-AFM
leased from Pegasus Airlines[8]
Boeing 767-300ER 3 1998 2003 [10]
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32 2 1992 1993 I-RIFP, I-RIZW
leased from Alitalia[8]
McDonnell Douglas MD-82 8 1995 2005 leased or transferred from Alitalia[8]
McDonnell Douglas MD-83 5 1994 2004 on lease[8]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Contacts." Eurofly. Retrieved on 29 November 2010. "Eurofly S.p.a. Via Ettore Bugatti, 15 20142 Milano."
  2. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-03. pp. 78–79.
  3. ^ "Tutte le Ipo per Piazza Affari: Chiude Guala Closures, pronte Safilo e Eurotech". 16 November 2005.
  4. ^ http://www.meridiana.it/en/company_informations/index.aspx Meridiana and Eurofly merge to become Meridiana fly
  5. ^ "Meridiana completes A319-100 retirement". ch-aviation. Retrieved 2017-02-18.
  6. ^ "voli diretti eurofly - le vacanze decollano" (in Italian). 2007-02-19. Archived from the original on 2007-02-19. Retrieved 2020-12-21.
  7. ^ "Fleet age Eurofly | Airfleets aviation".
  8. ^ a b c d e f "Eurofly Fleet". Planespotters. Retrieved 21 July 2019.
  9. ^ "Airbus A320 Eurofly". Airfleets.net. Retrieved 21 July 2019.
  10. ^ "Boeing 767 Eurofly". Airfleets.net. Retrieved 21 July 2019.

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