Italian Avro RJ operator Azzurra Air is ending its franchise agreement with Alitalia, which had seen it operating as Alitalia Express for the last few years. The franchise agreement will end on 31 March, and will be replaced by a much looser code-share agreement. Azzurra plans to continue scheduled flights from Milano’s Malpensa airport to Porto, Bilbao, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Hamburg, Thessaloniki, and Rome on its own account, in its own colors and using its own “ZS” code. Several of the airline’s Avro RJs have already been repainted in the airline’s colors. Azzurra currently operates three RJ85s and four RJ70s, but will reduce this fleet to five aircraft in light of more limited route network to be operated. Azzurra also operates several Boeing 737-700s on charter flights.