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Ciao, Alitalia! Italy’s iconic airline takes off for final flight after almost 75 years in service


The Italian national airline, Alitalia, is scheduled to run its last flight on October 14, with a service from Cagliari to Rome. It will be replaced with a new state airline, ITA, which begins operations on Friday.

Alitalia’s final flight from Sardinia is expected to touch down at the Rome-Fiumicino airport at 11:10pm (21:10 GMT), an airline spokesperson told Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa).The airline, which for decades was associated with Italy’s postwar economic boom, has been losing money since 2008. In 2017 it went bankrupt and was put in the hands of special administrators. The coronavirus …

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