Category Archives: Air Italy (3rd)

Air Italy grounds its three Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 aircraft


Following the European Union announcement closing European airspace to all MAX 8 and MAX 9 aircraft, Air Italy has made this announcement:

As an airline, the safety and security of our passengers and crew is always our first and key priority. With regard to the Boeing 737 MAX 8, all three of our MAX 8 aircraft are being grounded in compliance with the directive issued by ENAC this evening.

As stated previously, all aircraft that we operate are always in full compliance with the regulators’ instructions and manufacturer’s operating procedures. Air Italy will continue to be in constant dialogue with the authorities and Boeing with regard to our Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft and will follow all directives to continue to ensure the maximum level of safety and security for our passengers and crew.

With respect to our ongoing operations, Air Italy will re-protect all passengers.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Air Italy (3rd) Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 EI-GGL (msn 64607) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 943947.

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Air Italy signs code share agreement with Bulgaria Air

Air Italy and Bulgaria Air have entered into a code share partnership to offer customers enhanced connectivity between Bulgaria and eight major destinations in Italy, with effect from today.

Under the agreement, Air Italy’s “IG” code will be placed on Bulgaria Air flights between Milan Malpensa and Sofia, Varna and Burgas, which are all on sale from today with the first flights available from March 31st. At the same time, starting with the new summer IATA season, Bulgaria Air will put its “FB” code on Air Italy flights between Milan Malpensa and Rome Fiumicino, Naples, Olbia and Cagliari (Sardinia), Palermo and Catania (Sicily), and Lamezia Terme (Calabria).

Moreover, thanks also to the interline commercial agreement, Bulgaria Air’s passengers will benefit from single tickets for travel between Bulgaria and Air Italy’s US, Canada and Africa destinations operated from Malpensa: Miami, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco (both from April), Toronto (from May), Cairo, Dakar, Accra and Lagos.


Air Italy drops plans to serve Chicago O’Hare

Air Italy (3rd) Airbus A330-202 EI-GGP (msn 521) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 945550.

Air Italy has dropped its plans to launch a Milan (Malpensa) – Chicago (O’Hare) route. The airline is no longer taking reservations. The new route was intended to commence on May 14, 2019.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Air Italy): Air Italy (3rd) Airbus A330-202 EI-GGP (msn 521) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 945550.

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Milan Malpensa sets a new passenger record in 2018

The history books have been rewritten as SEA’s Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP) confirmed the continuation of its positive traffic growth, with 24.6 million passengers being handled in 2018, seeing the facility not only reach but smash its previous throughput record (2007: 23.7 million).

This industry-leading result (+11.5% year-on-year) further consolidates a trend that has seen Malpensa not only grow continuously for three years with above-average rates, but also sees it rank highly among Europe’s major airports (those over 20 million passengers) for its traffic growth rate. In 2019, the goal is for annual throughput to exceed 25 million passengers for the first time, and in breaking this threshold, it will push MXP into the top league of European airports.

The airport’s development is robust, as it is supported by all the main traffic segments: long-haul; low-cost; and legacy. Together with several other European and overseas fast-growing airlines, Air Italy is undoubtedly one of the major contributing factors of MXP’s continued success, thanks to its new positioning in the Italian market with Malpensa acting as its hub and base. Its intercontinental connections (New York, Miami, Bangkok, Delhi and Mumbai) and domestic flights (Rome, Naples, Lamezia Terme, Catania, Palermo and Olbia) inaugurated in 2018, will be joined by the already announced new routes for S19, namely Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Toronto and Cagliari. “Despite some of the new destinations having had an annual O&D demand of over 100,000 travellers, surprisingly they had not been served by any airline for a decade,” says Andrea Tucci, VP Aviation Business Development at SEA.

Among the fastest growing European country markets from MXP in 2018 were the domestic Italian market, along with Germany and Spain. When it comes to long-haul the top markets were the US, China and Canada. “We fully expect the North Atlantic to be one of this year’s star performers,” explains Tucci. “2018 already gave a boost to our intercontinental traffic, growing by 7.8%, and we expect some further development in the short-term.”

The prolonged period of growth at Malpensa is not only driving its traffic volumes, but also the quality of its customer portfolio – the airport is now served by 105 airlines – and its network of 210 destinations. As a result of the expansion in the markets / countries served from MXP, in W18 the airport ranked ninth in the world, and sixth in Europe, in relation to the number of countries served on non-stop flights, ahead of many major hubs such as Munich and Madrid.

“Malpensa was built as a hub airport and it is exciting to see it being used in that way again,” enthuses Tucci. “The 10 million inhabitants of Lombardy, Italy’s wealthiest region, need and deserve a true hub and spoke carrier and the connecting opportunities that such a network approach brings. With 70% of the country’s outbound traffic generated in our Northern Italy catchment, we are confident about our future traffic development.”

In an attempt to push the airport’s passenger numbers even higher, SEA Milan, on behalf of Milan and the Lombardy Region, will host the 26th World Routes network development conference, taking place between 5-8 September next year. The three-day gathering allows senior airport and airline decision makers to meet face-to-face and discuss the future of air services, develop and plan network strategy and explore new route opportunities.

The Milan airport system closed 2018 with a total of 33.7 million passengers, an increase of 7% compared to 2017, with Milan Linate having delivered 9.2 million passengers, down -3.3% year-on-year. This result was due in a large part to the restructuring of both Alitalia and Air Italy at Linate, with the carriers’ major international business routes still undergoing a period of consolidation.

New routes already launched in 2019:
13 January – Neos, weekly service to Guiyan (new destination).

New routes still to launch in 2019:
22 February – Wizz Air, daily service to Vienna;
12 March – Ernest, twice-weekly service to Kharkiv (new destination);
14 March – Neos, weekly service to Luxor;
19 March – Wizz Air, twice-weekly service to Ohrid (new destination);
31 March – Air Italy, daily service to Cagliari;
1 April – Ryanair, daily service to Madrid;
2 April – Ryanair, twice-weekly service to Almeria (new destination);
3 April – Air Italy, four times weekly service to Los Angeles (new destination);
10 April – Air Italy, four times weekly service to San Francisco (new destination);
6 May – Air Italy, four times weekly service to Toronto Pearson;
14 May – Air Italy, three times weekly service to Chicago O’Hare (new destination);
21 May – Neos, weekly service to Mersa Matruh (new destination);
1 June – Neos, weekly service to Samos (new destination);
3 June – Neos, weekly services to Malaga and Corfu;
3 June – Ryanair, three times weekly service to Heraklion;
7 June – Neos, weekly service to Larnaca;
12 June – Neos, weekly service to Chania;
29 June – SAS, weekly service to Stavanger (new destination);
30 June – SAS, twice-weekly service to Bergen (new destination).

All photos by MXP.

Air Italy is coming to California

Air Italy's first Airbus A330-200

Air Italy (3rd) is launching two new California routes from Milan (Malpensa) in the spring 2019.

The rejuvenated carrier is launching a new route to Los Angeles (four days a week) on April 3, 2019 followed by San Francisco (four days a week) on April 10, 2019.

In other news, the airline launched a new route from Milan (Malpensa) to Delhi yesterday (December 7) (below).


This will be followed by a Milan (Malpensa) – Mumbai route starting on December 14, 2018.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Air Italy (3rd) Airbus A330-202 EI-GFX (msn 571) ISS (Marco Finelli). Image: 942229.

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Finnair wet leases an Airbus A330 from Air Italy for its Chicago and Miami routes for the rest of October

2nd A330, ex A7-ACD, delivered June 2, 2018

Finnair will wet lease an Airbus A330 aircraft and crew from Air Italy for its Chicago and Miami routes for the period of October 12-31, 2019.

One of Finnair’s long-haul aircraft was damaged at Chicago O’Hare International Airport on September 25 when a high loader accidentally hit it. With the wet lease from Air Italy, Finnair ensures that flights to Chicago and Miami can be operated normally while the damaged aircraft is being repaired.

Air Italy aircraft and crew will be operating Finnair flights to Chicago and Miami as follows:

  • All flights between Helsinki and Chicago (AY09/AY10) from Oct 12 to Oct 29. Finnair has four weekly return flights between Helsinki and Chicago, the flight days are Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
  • Five return flights between Helsinki and Miami (AY07/AY08) on the following dates: Oct 14, Oct 16, Oct 21, Oct 23 and Oct 30.

The wet leased aircraft from Air Italy has 24 full-flat seats in business class and 232 seats in economy class, all with a seat-back inflight entertainment system. With the wet lease, the cockpit and cabin crew come from Air Italy, and the flights will have two Finnair cabin crew members on board to support the delivery of Finnair’s customer service concept.

Finnair contacts customers with bookings on the flights to be operated with the wet leased aircraft directly to inform them of the change in carrier. Customers can cancel their flight or change the departure date due to the change in carrier. Cancellations or changes can be made by contacting Finnair customer service.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airlines): Air Italy (3rd) Airbus A330-202 EI-GGP (msn 521) MXP (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 942618.

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Air Italy starts Milan – Bangkok services

Air Italy (3rd) on September 9, 2018 commenced a new route between its Milan (Malpensa) hub and Bangkok. A water cannon salute was performed for the first departure from MXP.

The airline added: “Live on board and cruising at 37,000ft on our inaugural Milan to Bangkok flight – ready to enjoy our new signature Business Class service.”

“Flying over Baku and enjoying our delicious Sardinian Culurgiones Pasta with Tomato and Basil.”

All photos by Air Italy.