At 12:07 today Alitalia filed for bankruptcy or “amministrazione straordinaria” (extraordinary administration) in compliance with Italian law. The Italian government will now look to appoint commissioners who will assess whether the airline can be overhauled – either as a standalone company or through a partial or total sale – or indeed if Alitalia should be wound up altogether. Are you at all surprised by this? I think the only surprise to some will be that Alitalia has hit the buffers before AirBerlin. Another factor in play as Alitalia goes into administration is that for the first time the airline is

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