Starting with the summer schedule beginning on March 29, 2015, Alitalia will launch new routes from Milan Malpensa and Venice to Abu Dhabi, tripling its frequency to the Capital of the United Arab Emirates with a total of 42 round-trip flights between Italy and Abu Dhabi.
The new Alitalia flights from Milan and Venice – in addition to Alitalia’s Rome Fiumicino – Abu Dhabi flight, which began on December 1, 2012 – will be in codeshare with Etihad Airways, already providing service from Abu Dhabi to Rome and Milan.
Alitalia’s new intercontinental flights will allow passengers departing from Northern Italy to reach the UAE directly, and to continue, via Abu Dhabi, to 27 destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australia thanks to convenient connections on Etihad Airways.
Gabriele Del Torchio, CEO of Alitalia, said:
“Today, following the agreement with Etihad Airways, we continue our path of growth and international expansion. By tripling our flights to Abu Dhabi, passengers from Northern Italy can reach many South-East countries in the world with convenient code-shared flights on Etihad Airways. Connections between Italy and the UAE have never been so strong. We decided to focus our efforts in expanding our flights in Northern Italy, where the best of Italy’s industry resides. By investing in this territory, Alitalia aims to recapture its position as preferred airline through an innovative offering and service excellence. The two new flights will provide transportation to Milan and Northern Italy for visitors of Expo 2015, the largest World Exposition that will take place in Milan next year, in which Alitalia and Etihad Airways are the Official Global Airline Carriers”.
The first direct Alitalia flight from Milan Malpensa Airport to Abu Dhabi will depart March 29, 2015 at 22:10, arriving in Abu Dhabi at 6.15 (local time) the following day. From Abu Dhabi, the first Alitalia flight to Milan Malpensa will depart March 30, 2015 at 8:45 (local time) and will arrive in Milan at 13.25. The daily flight will operate with Boeing 777 aircraft with 293 seats configured in three classes of service: Magnifica, business class; Classica Plus, premium economy class; and Classica, economy class.
Alitalia’s flight from Venice to Abu Dhabi will depart from “Marco Polo” Airport March 29, 2015, at 21:55 arriving in Abu Dhabi at 5:55 (local time) the following day. From Abu Dhabi, the first Alitalia flight to Venice will depart March 30, 2015 at 9.05 (local time) arriving in “Marco Polo” airport at 13.35. The daily flight will operate with Airbus A330 aircraft with 250 seats, also configured in three classes of service: Magnifica, business class; Classica Plus, premium economy class; and Classica, economy class.