Alitalia is the national airline of Italy and is named from the words ali (wings), and Italia (Italy). Alitalia has been nicknamed with the backronym (back acronym) “Always Late In Takeoff, Always Late In Arrival” since at least 1974.
Alitalia—Compagnia Aerea Italiana S.p.A. (English: Alitalia — Italian Air Company), operating as Alitalia, is the flag carrier and national airline of Italy, which took over the name, the landing rights, many planes and some other assets from the liquidation process of the old Alitalia — Linee Aeree Italiane and the entire Air One. The company has its head office in Fiumicino, Italy. Its main hub is Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport, Rome.
Alitalia is Italy’s biggest airline, and the world’s 19th. The name “Alitalia” is an Italian portmanteau of the words ali (wings), and Italia (Italy).
3 February 1974, Post-Herald and Register (Beckley, WV), “Egyptian Pastime” by Bob Warden, pg. 24, col. 4:
Alitalia: “Always Late in Takeoff, Always Late in Arrival.”
15 February 1987, Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, WI), “Walter Scott’s Personality Parade,” Parade magazine, pg. 2, col. 2:
Have you ever heard in airline circles that...ALITALIA (the Italian airline) stands for “Always Late In Takeoffs, Always Late In Arriving”?
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ALITALIA (Italy) always late in take-off, always late in arrival.
The Age (Melbourrne, Australia)
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Lawrence Money and Suzanne Carbone
March 16, 2007
Jenny Chatfield, of Kew, re airline names: “Qantas now flies into Rome via Alitalia. We’ve found through experience that the name stands for ‘Always Late In Takeoff, Always Late In Arrival’.”
Work is hell at airline Italians love to hate
By Irene Chiappisi
MILAN | Wed Jul 25, 2007 12:58pm BST
Poor staff morale and the derision of some Italians—who joke Alitalia is an acronym for “Always Late In Takeoff Always Late In Arrival”—are a far cry from the glory days.
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By Edoardo Teodoro Brioschi
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In America Fiat is popularly supposed to stand for “fix it again Tony” and Alitalia “Always late in takeoff always late in arrival”!