Air Italy (IG, Milan Malpensa) has received expressions of interest for its assets and activities, it acknowledged in a brief statement on its website on March 26, adding that its administrators would now review them.

"Following the notice published on March 19 which specified the deadline for the submissions of offers to be 1800L on March 25, Air Italy announces that it has now received several expressions of interest. Liquidators will now proceed with examining the bids and will assess them according to the relevant requirements," it said.

Air Italy ceased operations on February 11 when owners Qatar Airways (QR, Doha Hamad Int'l) and Alisarda Group agreed to place the loss-making carrier into liquidation.

The company lost EUR390 million euros (USD430 million) during the two years it was in operation, according to business daily Il Sole 24 Ore. It has two liquidators, economics professor and former Alitalia commissioner Enrico Laghi and former PriceWaterhouse director Franco Maurizio Lagro.

Who submitted the expressions of interest is not known. Il Messaggero reported in February that Blue Air (Romania), Volotea, and the regional government of Sardinia had expressed interest in Air Italy's few assets, chief among them its slots at Milan Malpensa airport.

The carrier operated a fleet of 11 leased and six wet-leased aircraft at the time of its liquidation. A single, owned, 32-year-old B767-200(ER), I-AIGH (msn 23973), is currently stored at Olbia Airport and is to be scrapped, the ch-aviation fleets advanced module shows.