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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.

Air Italy Milan – Miami route to go year-round

Air Italy (3rd) Airbus A330-202 EI-GFX (msn 571) MXP (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 942617.

Air Italy has announced that thanks to popular demand, the Miami-Milan Malpensa route launched on June 8, 2018, is now on sale for the entire winter season.

“Thanks to a great response from our customers and increasing demand, we are opening up our winter inventory for our MilanMiami flight, as we are already running at a load factor of over 80%. This expansion is a testament to our business plan and product offering, and is simply a response to the great support which we have been receiving from our customers,” said Neil Mills, Air Italy Chief Operating Officer

“Just last week we took delivery of our second Boeing 737 Max 8 after a successful showing at the Farnborough Airshow, and as our fleet continues to expand, we look forward to rolling out more frequencies and new destinations over the coming weeks and months to provide our new services to our rapidly growing customer base.”

The New YorkMilan route is also on sale for the winter season and is available five times per week on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

For Miami, the frequencies will remain four times per week, on Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and the service will be operated by an Airbus A330-200, with a configuration of 24 seats in Business Class and 228 seats in Economy Class.

In addition, for the upcoming winter season, Air Italy is also providing ideal connections and great fares form New York to India’s Mumbai and Delhi via Malpensa.

All Air Italy’s new services between Milan Malpensa and the USA, India and Thailand, are being operated with Air Italy’s new long-haul Airbus A330-200, which offers up to 24 seats in the exclusive Business Class cabin making it is possible to fly with maximum comfort in fully lie-flat seats with signature Italian cuisine accompanied by a selection of champagnes and Italian fine wines, Wi-Fi service, along with an extensive inflight entertainment service and the personalized attention from its on-board staff.

The Economy Class cabin with 228 seats also provides Air Italy’s guests with highly personalized service, WiFi connectivity, carefully crafted Italian cuisine and a wide selection of entertainment.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Air Italy): Air Italy (3rd) Airbus A330-202 EI-GFX (msn 571) MXP (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 942617.

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Qatar Airways unveils its new 2022 FIFA World Cup special livery, will bring the Airbus A350-1000 to Farnborough

"FIFA 2022 World Cup - Official Airline Partner"

Qatar Airways announced on social media:

Kick-starting the final leg of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, as we’ve unveiled a new FIFA livery freshly painted on one of our Boeing 777 aircraft. We are ready for take-off to the 2022 World Cup.

The airline also released this statement:

Qatar Airways, an Official Partner and the Official Airline of FIFA, has taken its celebration of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia to the skies with a specially-branded Boeing 777 aircraft painted in FIFA livery, ahead of the tournament’s Semi-Final and Final match.

The bespoke aircraft, which features distinctive FIFA branding, was hand-painted in Ireland and flown to Doha, where a press conference was held at Hamad International Airport before the aircraft flew to Moscow just in time for the tournament’s Semi-Final and Final matches.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “We are tremendously excited to celebrate our passengers’ love for football by bringing this unique, one-of-a-kind aircraft to Moscow. As Official Partner and Official Airline of FIFA, we are proud to be able to unite football fans from around the world in Russia, helping them to experience the magic of the FIFA World Cup. This beautiful aircraft further cements our commitment to our important partnership with FIFA, as well as our loyalty to millions of football fans around the globe who have gathered in Russia to cheer their teams on.

“We look forward to celebrating in the upcoming days with fans, both in Russia and around the world.”

Engr. Badr Mohammed Al Meer, Chief Operating Officer at Hamad International Airport stated: “As we prepare for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar, we are thrilled to witness our national carrier celebrate the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia with this truly unique and spectacular aircraft. This moment encapsulates the spirit of the FIFA World Cup, celebrating football, art and culture on an international scale.”

Qatar Airways kicked off its celebration of the tournament by teaming up with singer and TV star Nicole Scherzinger for a re-recording of the classic song ‘Dancing in the Streets’, which resulted in an upbeat and infectiously fun-filled ‘musical’ style TV commercial. The song expresses the airline’s firm belief that sport is a universal language, which has the power to inspire and encourage people to follow their dreams, with the commercial having a global reach to date of 2.6 billion people.

In December 2017, Qatar Airways launched daily services to the cultural capital of Russia, St. Petersburg, doubling the number of Russian routes operated by the carrier. The addition of St. Petersburg to Qatar Airways’ route map demonstrates the importance of the Russian market to the carrier, which has been flying to Moscow since 2004. The award-winning airline currently operates three daily flights between Moscow and Doha, in addition to a daily flight between St. Petersburg and Doha.

In April, Qatar Airways signed an MoU with Moscow’s Vnukovo International Airport, Russia’s third-largest airport, committing to a potential acquisition of up to 25 per cent of the airport’s total shares, complementing the strong ties established with the country, and in support of the airline’s existing investment strategy.

Qatar Airways' first Airbus A350-1000, delivered on February 20, 2018

Above Copyright Photo: Qatar Airways Airbus A350-1041 A7-ANA (msn 088) LHR (SPA). Image: 941422.

In other news, Qatar Airways has announced that the new Airbus A350-1000 (above) will be on display at this year’s Farnborough International Airshow, taking place from July 16-22 in Hampshire, United Kingdom.

The award-winning airline will showcase its ultra-modern Airbus A350-1000 and Boeing 777, both equipped with the award-winning, luxurious Qsuite Business Class seat. Unveiled last year, the patented Qsuite features the first-ever double bed in Business Class, as well as sliding panels that transform the space into a shared area customisable for groups of two, three, or four, allowing passengers to tailor their in-flight experience to meet their specific needs.

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Qatar Airways will also display the Air Italy Boeing 737 Max 8 – the first aircraft to feature the recently rebranded airline’s striking new livery. The new Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft offers modern and spacious cabins, superior operating economics as well as greater fuel efficiency. The aircraft was recently unveiled in Seattle and delivered to Milan on its inaugural flight, signaling a new era in aviation for the people of Italy.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “Qatar Airways is delighted to be returning to this year’s Farnborough International Airshow. It has already been an incredible year for us, having been the Global Launch Customer for the Airbus A350-1000 in February. The six aircraft on display at Farnborough, including the A350-1000, the B777, and the Air Italy Boeing 737 Max 8, are the most technologically advanced aircraft in the skies today, and we look forward to welcoming visitors to Farnborough to experience them first hand.”

The airline’s cargo division will also publicly display one of its freighter aircraft for the first time at Farnborough International Airshow. The Boeing 747-8 freighter gives cargo operators the lowest operating costs and best economics of any large freighter airplane while providing enhanced environmental performance. It is optimised to provide greater revenue cargo-carrying capability than the Boeing 747-400, offering 16 per cent more cargo volume while keeping its unique nose door. The Boeing 747-8 freighter is also a popular choice of charter aircraft especially for oversized cargo. Qatar Airways Cargo is the world’s leading international cargo carrier, serving more than 60 exclusive freighter destinations worldwide, with many recent additions to its freighter network, including Pittsburgh, Phnom Penh and Yangon.

The fifth aircraft to be displayed at the airshow will be the Qatar Executive Gulfstream G500 jet. Qatar Executive, which provides VVIP charter on-demand-services to an elite clientele, continues to grow its global reach, serving worldwide destinations from New York to Shanghai. To support its ambitious expansion plans, Qatar Executive continues to increase the size of its fleet, and plans to take delivery of up to 25 additional aircraft between now and 2022, a combination of G500, G600 and G650ER jets.

The sixth and final aircraft to be displayed is the JetSuiteX Embraer 135 jet. The luxuriously reconfigured Embraer 135 offers 30 comfortable Business Class style seats, making it the ideal solution for group charters. In April 2018, Qatar Airways announced that it had taken a minority stake in JetSuite, Inc. and indirectly in JetSuiteX, Inc. JetSuiteX, the sibling company to JetSuite, offers semi-private air service on the U.S. West Coast and beyond. JetSuiteX fills a niche in underserved short-haul markets and small airports, and enjoys a Net Promoter Score over 90, higher than the major U.S. airlines. JetSuiteX operates its fleet of Embraer 135 aircraft from private terminals in California and Nevada, with no lines, no waiting and no stress, at a price competitive with commercial travel.

Qatar Airways recently launched direct services to both London Gatwick and Cardiff airports, strengthening Qatar Airways’ presence in the United Kingdom. Passengers in the United Kingdom can now choose from up to 95 flights per week, including six daily departures from London Heathrow, 16 weekly from London Gatwick and Manchester, and daily flights from Cardiff, Birmingham and Edinburgh.

Qatar Airways has revealed a host of upcoming new global destinations, including the announcement that it will be the first Gulf carrier to begin direct service to Luxembourg. Other exciting new destinations to be launched by the airline include Tallinn, Estonia; Valletta, Malta; Langkawi, Malaysia and Da Nang, Vietnam.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Qatar Airways): Qatar Airways Boeing 777-3DZ ER A7-BAX (msn 41780) (FIFA 2022 World Cup) DUB (Michael Kelly). Image: 942689.

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Air Italy’s first Milan – Miami flight takes off from Malpensa

Air Italy's first Airbus A330-200

Air Italy’s first flight from Milan (Malpensa) to Miami took off today (June 8). This follows last week’s launch of daily service to New York (JFK). The new route is being operated with newly acquired Airbus A330-200s.

The next new international route will be from Milan (Malpensa) to Bangkok starting on September 9, 2018. It will be operated four days a week.

Air Italy is full owned by AQA Holdings (51% Alisarda and 49% Qatar Airways).

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

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Air Italy unveils its first Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 at Milan Malpensa

EI-GFY arrives at the Milan Malpensa base on May 14, 2018

Air Italy (3rd) (Milan-Malpensa), as previously reported, took delivery of its first Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 (EI-GFY) on May 12, 2018 in Seattle. Two days later the rebranded carrier, with officials from part-owner Qatar Airways  standing by, welcomed the new airliner to the Milan Malpensa base with the water cannon salute (top) and the official unveiling. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was also held with Qatar Airways CEO Al Baker presiding (below).

All photos by Marco Finelli.

Air Italy has 19 additional copies on order.

New crew uniforms were also introduced.

Below Photo: Officially the new MAX 8s are designated as Boeing 737-8s as detailed on the data plate.

The first Air Italy MAX 8 is due to go into revenue service tomorrow (May 16) from MXP to Naples and Palermo.

In addition, the former Qatar Airways A330-203 A7-ACE (msn 571) (below) has now become EI-GFX  and is being painted for Air Italy at Dublin. Qatar Airways is leasing five 260-seat Airbus A330-200s to Air Italy pending the delivery of new Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners in 2019.

Air Italy is an Italian airline fully owned by AQA Holding (51% Alisarda and 49% Qatar Airways), with its headquarters in Olbia. The company was established with the name of Alisarda on March 29, 1963, with the aim of promoting tourism to Sardinia.

In 1991 the name was changed to Meridiana. Following a merger with charter carrier Eurofly and the acquisition of the charter company Air Italy the airline became the most important Italian player in international leisure flights.

In December 2017 growth towards new domestic, medium-haul and long haul destinations from Milan Malpensa was announced reflecting a major strategic shift for the company.

In February 2018 a new corporate identity was presented and the company was rebranded as Air Italy.

Beginning in May 2018, Air Italy will add new domestic routes from Milan to Rome, Naples, Palermo, Catania, Lamezia Terme scheduled for connection to its newest long-range destinations including New York, Miami and Bangkok (starting in September 2018).

Its network also includes direct international flights from Milan Malpensa to Accra, Cairo, Dakar, Havana, Lagos, Mombasa, Moscow, Zanzibar and, from its Olbia Costa Smeralda hub, year-round scheduled services to Rome, Milan Linate and seasonal ones to a wide range of domestic and regional destinations.

Air Italy’s fleet, currently comprising 8 Boeing 737 NGs and 3 Boeing 767-300s, will be progressively renewed with 8 new aircraft – 3 brand new Boeing 737 MAX 8s and 5 Airbus A330-200s joining during 2018 and with the full retirement of the Boeing 767-300 by the end of 2018.

All photos by Marco Finelli, reporting from Milan.

Top Copyright Photo: Air Italy (3rd) Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 EI-GFY (msn 64605) MXP (Marco Finelli). Image: 941855.

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