Alitalia puts its brand on sale as a step in the dismantling process
Rome, Sept. 17 (EFE) .- The auditors of Alitalia launched this Friday the call for tenders for the sale of the Italian airline brand, bankrupt since 2017, for a base price of 290 million and to which the new state-funded airline, Italia Transporto Aéreo (ITA), which intends to become the new national carrier and therefore the name would be maintained.
The announcements of the call for tenders were published in various Italian and European newspapers and indicate that “as part of the extraordinary administration procedure of Alitalia Sai, the auditors intend to proceed with the sale of the »Alitalia« brand.
The notice establishes that from tomorrow, Saturday September 18 (at 12 p.m. Italian time) and before September 30 (until midnight), those interested will be able to send requests for admission and firm offers for the first phase before October 4.
According to Italian newspapers, although it is not official, ITA intends to participate in the tender, but other companies may also do so with the aim of owning the Alitalia brand, the only obligation is to be “holders of licenses to operate air transport or aircraft operator certifications”.
In the event of an award, the candidate undertakes “not to use the mark in a manner contrary to law or public order and, in any event, not to use the mark for activities or for forms of communication that could damage the image. the company. any EU Member State in the economic, cultural, tourist and transport sectors ”. He must also submit, with the firm offer, a “security deposit” of 40 million euros.
After years of trying unsuccessfully to find a buyer for Alitalia and after intense discussions with the European Commission to avoid a sanction of state aid to companies threatened with bankruptcy, Rome has succeeded in creating a new Italian airline, ITA , which will take off on October 15, but will have a fleet of aircraft less than half that of Alitalia and will focus on profitable routes, in addition to using only take-off runways and Alitalia landing slots (“slots”) in accordance with its flights.
Italy has pledged to Brussels not to inject more than 1.35 billion euros into the capital of ITA over the next three years, including 700 million this year, despite the fact that in 2020 the government of the time of Giuseppe Conte announced that it would give the new company 3,000 million euros.
While the ITA continues to negotiate with the unions on the terms of the new contracts, since it is initially expected to have fewer than 3,000 workers, but will drop to 5,700 in 2025, from the nearly 11,000 who make up the workforce of Alitalia
The new Italian airline will begin its first operations with a fleet of 52 aircraft, the result of an offer made to the extraordinary management of Alitalia.
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