Meridiana is an Italian airline controlled by AKFED (Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development), with its headquarters in Olbia. The company was set up with the name of Alisarda on 29 March 1963, with the aim of promoting tourism in Sardinia. In 1991 the name was changed to Meridiana. Thanks to the merger with charter carrier Eurofly and to the acquisition of the charter company Air Italy, during last five years, Meridiana has become one of the most important player in international leisure flights and its growth towards new medium and long haul destinations is still ongoing.
The Company connects the main Italian airports with Sardinia, Sicily and Naples as well as with Mediterranean or Egyptian destinations, like Canary and Balearic islands, Greece and Red Sea. The principal long range destinations are USA (New York from Naples and Palermo), Moscow, Maldives, Mauritius, Kenya, Zanzibar, Madagascar, Cabo Verde, Senegal, Nigeria, Ghana, Santo Domingo, Cuba and Brazil, mainly serviced from Milan Malpensa and/or Rome Fiumicino. Meridiana’s fleet consists of Boeing 737, Boeing 767 and McDonnell Douglas MD82.