Category Archives: Aerolinee Operanti a Malpensa

easyJet ends Alitalia interest

easyJet has walked away from a potential deal for Italy’s flag carrier and SkyTeam member Alitalia.

In a statement, it said following discussions with Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane and Delta Air Lines about forming a consortium to explore options for the future operations of Alitalia, it has taken the decision to withdraw from the process.

“easyJet remains committed to Italy, as a key market for the company, where it currently carries 18.5 million passengers every year and employs 1400 pilots and crew, all on local contracts,” the airline said.

“We continue to invest in the three bases in Milan, Naples, Venice, as we have done by basing additional aircraft in Venice and Naples last summer.”

(Routes Online)

Air Italy one year on

A year has passed year since Italy’s second-largest carrier Meridiana unveiled plans to rebrand as Air Italy, outlining an aim to transport ten million passengers per year by 2022.

The move came just months after it secured an investment from Oneworld member Qatar Airways, which acquired a 49 percent stake in holding company AQA Holding in October 2017.

Speaking at a press conference in Milan, Qatar Airways’ chief executive Akbar Al Baker said the Gulf carrier and Air Italy would “work together to build a sustainable airline alternative for the people of Italy and global travellers”.

In addition to the name change, the new-look carrier announced Milan Malpensa would be its home hub and revealed a string of new routes it planned to operate, including services to New York, Miami and Bangkok.

“Since our launch last year, we have received eight new aircraft and opened multiple new routes,” chief operating officer Rossen Dimitrov told Routesonline.

“Our cabin crew and ground staff have been fully trained on the new product and service and this is clearly paying dividends as we can see from our load factors and the ongoing feedback that we are receiving from our passengers.”

Air Italy’s fleet currently comprises three Boeing 737 MAXs, five Boeing 737 NGs and five Airbus A330s.

Since launching, the airline has opened new domestic routes from Milan to Rome, Naples, Palermo, Catania, Lamezia Terme and Cagliari, plus international services to New York, Miami, Bangkok and Delhi.

Flights from Milan to Los Angeles and San Francisco will start on 3 April and 10 April respectively, with Milan Malpensa – Toronto opening on 6 May. However, Bangkok and Delhi will end this month.

“We had an extremely satisfactory summer thanks to the great customer support, which helped us achieve our goals on our US flights to New York and Miami, with a load factor of more than 90 percent,” says Dimitrov.

“It is even more impressive that more than half of our customers choose Air Italy to fly from and to the south and the centre of Italy via Milan, confirming that we are delivering on our promise of providing our customers with a new choice for their worldwide journeys.

“These routes continue to be among our best performing international routes.”

Dimitrov adds that Milan Malpensa, which is operated by World Routes 2020 host SEA Group, has so far proved to be an ideal base from which to expand.

He explains: “First of all, Italy deserves an airline that it can be proud of both domestically and internationally. At the same time, for a business model based on a combination of domestic feeder plus long-haul international, you need to base your hub in a highly populated area.

“Thirdly, to ensure you have a solid audience for repeat customers, it makes sense to locate yourself in an area that has people with high disposable incomes. Clearly Malpensa facilitates all of these requirements.”

Looking ahead, Dimitrov says the focus for the rest of the year will be to make sure its current routes, plus the three new flights to North America, are a success before it announces any additional services. A three-weekly route to Chicago had been pencilled in for a May launch, but it is understood to have been postponed until 2020.

However, Dimitrov adds: “With our longer-term growth plan for 2022, there are clearly more new destinations to come and we will announce those in due course. In the meantime, we are focusing on launching these new destinations and enhancing our feeder connectivity on both ends.”

According to figures from OAG Schedules Analyser, Air Italy operated more than 160,000 two-way seats between Italy and the US in 2018, compared with Meridiana’s 130,000 in 2017. Overall capacity on the Italy-US market rose by 17.3 percent to more than 4.8 million seats.

However, Air Italy’s expansion in the US has drawn criticism from an alliance of US-based carriers, including Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and United Airlines. They allege that Qatar Airways is using Air Italy to add flights between the US and Europe, despite a voluntary agreement that it would not add additional US services.

Despite this, Dimitrov is adamant that it is not the case. “Air Italy is an Italy based and Italy registered independent airline,” he stressed. “As we have said on several occasions, Air Italy does not codeshare with Qatar Airways on any routes west of Milan and has no plans to do so.”

In November 2018, Air Italy entered into a codeshare agreement with LATAM Airlines Brazil. Air Italy’s IG code will be placed on LATAM flights between Milan Malpensa and São Paulo, while LATAM will put its LA code on Air Italy flights to seven destinations in Italy.

A codeshare was also agreed with Bulgaria Air in February 2019, with Air Italy’s IG code to be placed on Bulgaria Air flights between Milan Malpensa and Sofia, Varna and Burgas.

(Routes Online)

Air Italy sigla un accordo di code-share con Bulgaria Air

Con l’accordo di code share migliorano i collegamenti fra le più importanti città della Bulgaria e otto fra le principali destinazioni in Italia

Grazie all’accordo di interline, i passeggeri di Bulgaria Air potranno inoltre utilizzare un unico biglietto per volare tra la Bulgaria e le destinazioni Air Italy in USA, Canada e Africa

Olbia, 28 Febbraio 2019 – Air Italy e Bulgaria Air hanno siglato un accordo di code-share grazie al quale da oggi potranno offrire ai loro clienti una maggiore connettività fra la Bulgaria e otto importanti destinazioni in Italia.

In base all’accordo di code share sottoscritto, il codice “IG” di Air Italy verrà utilizzato sui voli di Bulgaria Air tra Milano Malpensa e Sofia, Varna e Burgas. Bulgaria Air utilizzerà il proprio codice “FB” su voli Air Italy tra Milano Malpensa e Roma Fiumicino, Napoli, Olbia, Cagliari, Palermo, Catania e Lamezia Terme. Le vendite sono aperte da oggi sui voli operativi dal prossimo 31 marzo.

Inoltre, grazie a un ulteriore accordo commerciale tra le due Compagnie, i passeggeri di Bulgaria Air potranno usufruire di un unico biglietto per volare tra la Bulgaria e gli Stati Uniti, il Canada e l’Africa serviti da Air Italy da Malpensa con voli diretti per Miami, New York, Los Angeles e San Francisco (queste ultime due saranno inaugurate ad aprile), Toronto (operato da maggio) oltre a Il Cairo, Dakar, Accra e Lagos.

Rossen Dimitrov, Chief Operating Officer di Air Italy, ha così commentato: “L’inizio di questa partnership con Bulgaria Air è un’ottima notizia per i passeggeri di entrambe le compagnie. I nostri clienti potranno beneficiare di nuove opzioni per volare in Bulgaria via Milano Malpensa da sette tra i principali aeroporti italiani. Siamo altrettanto lieti di poter accogliere i passeggeri di Bulgaria Air a bordo dei nostri voli Air Italy che collegano Milano Malpensa a Roma, Napoli, Catania, Palermo, Lamezia Terme, Cagliari e Olbia.

Siamo inoltre molto orgogliosi di poter ospitare i passeggeri di Bulgaria Air, in viaggio da Sofia, Varna e Burgas, sui nostri nuovi collegamenti intercontinentali in partenza da Milano Malpensa per gli Stati Uniti e il Canada. A bordo infatti potranno beneficiare dell’estremo comfort del nostro aereo di lungo raggio Airbus A330-200 e sperimentare il nostro nuovo servizio sia di Business sia di Economy Class. ”

Il CEO di Bulgaria Air, Hristo Todorov, ha dichiarato: “È per me un grande piacere annunciare il nuovo accordo di code share, che è un passo di Bulgaria Air in direzione dell’obiettivo di offrire ai passeggeri viaggi intercontinentali, collegando i bulgari in tutto il mondo. Il nostro desiderio è di espandere continuamente il nostro portafoglio di destinazioni e siamo molto contenti di aver trovato un partner come Air Italy, che ha già dimostrato di essere una compagnia responsabile, innovativa e in crescita. Grazie a questa partnership i passeggeri provenienti dagli Stati Uniti, Canada, Italia e Bulgaria potranno beneficiare e apprezzare la stessa alta qualità del servizio e comodi voli studiati per raggiungere nuove molteplici destinazioni. Siamo lieti di accogliere tutti i passeggeri di Air Italy a bordo e di essere protagonisti della nascita di un collegamento tra l’Italia e la Bulgaria.”

I biglietti per i voli operativi dal 31 Marzo 2019 sulle rotte Italia/Bulgaria, oggetto dell’accordo di code-share, sono disponibili presso le agenzie di viaggio e sul sito web e i call center di entrambe le compagnie.


Air Italy expands Toronto service in S19

Air Italy in recent schedule update filed additional service changes for its planned MilanMalpensa – Toronto service. Planned service launch on 06MAY19 remains unchanged, however the airline is now offering 6 weekly flight options, instead of 4. A330-200 operates this route.

IG923 MXP1355 – 1715YYZ 332 x246
IG925 MXP1355 – 1715YYZ 332 2
IG925 MXP1610 – 1930YYZ 332 6

IG924 YYZ1945 – 1010+1MXP 332 x246
IG926 YYZ1945 – 1010+1MXP 332 2
IG926 YYZ2130 – 1155+1MXP 332 6

(Routes Online)

Alitalia resumes Milan – Tel Aviv route from late-July 2019

Alitalia in late-July 2019 plans to resume Milan Malpensa – Tel Aviv route, previously served by the airline until March 2010. Initially this route will commence on 29JUL19 with 5 weekly flights, increasing to 6 weekly from 07SEP19. Airbus A320 series aircraft is scheduled to serve this route.

AZ816 MXP1125 – 1620TLV 32S x67
AZ817 MXP1725 – 2045MXP 32S x67

Service operates Day x6 from 07SEP19.

(Routes Online)

Air Italy closes Chicago reservations in S19

Air Italy this week closed reservation for its planned Milan Malpensa – Chicago O’Hare service. Previously scheduled to begin on 14MAY19, reservation for this 3 weekly flights is no longer available.

Previously filed schedule as follows.

IG913 MXP1310 – 1625ORD 332 26
IG913 MXP1325 – 1640ORD 332 4

IG914 ORD1825 – 1035+1MXP 332 26
IG914 ORD1840 – 1050+1MXP 332 4

(Routes Online)

Air Italy gradually closes India reservations from Feb 2019

Air Italy on Wednesday (30JAN19) filed additional changes to its inventory, as the airline closed reservation for Milan Malpensa – Delhi and Milan Malpensa – Mumbai route. Previously, the airline only opened reservation for C / Y / L / X / H / W-class fare for summer 2019 season.

Milan Malpensa – Delhi Reservation for travel on/after 31MAR19 closed
IG955 MXP1635 – 0400+1DEL 332 x256
IG956 DEL0550 – 1120MXP 332 x367

Milan Malpensa – Mumbai Reservation for travel on/after 21FEB19 closed. Following schedule effective 31MAR19.
IG927 MXP1450 – 0250+1BOM 332 256
IG928 BOM0450 – 1020MXP 332 367

(Routes Online)