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Alitalia believes it is on the upswing after 23 months of new management

By Marco Finelli, reporting for Italy

Alitalia is starting to be reborn, again.

This was the belief expressed at the TTGExperience travel trade fair held in Rimini, Italy by Fabio Maria Lazzerini – Chief Business Officer of the Italian airline. “To say that Alitalia is in good condition would be a lie, but it is in better condition than two years ago,” says Lazzerini. For the past 23 months, there has been a growth in turnover, the fleet has decreased and is being more utilized than in the times of the old Alitalia – SAI under Etihad management. The company is trying to save money in every corner of the management team. Losses continue to exist but to a lesser extent than in the past. But economies at this point are not enough because there are losses.

What has been done in these two years is to look for those possibilities to increase profitability, increase revenue per passenger and increase the share of corporate passengers with different actions to get them back on Alitalia’s jets.

In addition, the company has made other innovations, especially in the digital environment.

For the winter timetable there have been contractions in the national network.

The company has remodeled the shuttle service between Rome Fiumicino and Milan Linate which drops to 21 flights a day. In the past, it reached to about fifty frequencies or so every day.

Several national routes from the north to the south from Verona were also decreased and Bologna – Catania and Venice – Catania were reduced from two flights to one a day.

The daily routes to Stuttgart and Cologne are the new highlighted additions and Dusseldorf will double from November 1, with 12 flights a week. The scheme is to use the cancelled frequencies on the Rome – Milan and reuse them on connections to Europe also in connection from Fiumicino flights.

Flights to Paris increases with the creation of the Shuttle Milan-Paris with six flights a day to Charles De Gaulle airport and two to Orly, with the same flexibility on some fares in the same way as the Shuttle Milan-London.

Linate will have a potential of 639 weekly frequencies to 27 destinations.

A lot of attention is paid to the intercontinental network where the destinations that produce profitability like Washington are rewarded, even if it has reached break even after only two months from start up and confirmed also for the winter.

The arrival of San Francisco sees the possibility of better serving California and west coast with the possibility of entry and exit in the two airports, which are Los Angeles and San Francisco. According to the Corriere della Sera, the new service could give € 62 million gross turnaround and over 20,000 passengers.

Photo: Alitalia.

 

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Alitalia is the most punctual airline in Europe in June and in the first half of 2019

Alitalia made this announcement:

With 82.2 percent of flights landed on schedule, in June 2019 Alitalia was the most punctual airline in Europe. The Italian airline is at the top of the ranking even considering the first half of 2019, when Alitalia recorded an on-time performance at 86.8%.

In June Alitalia ranked sixth most punctual airline in the world and this result allowed the Airline to reach the third place in the ranking of the most punctual airlines in the world in the first six months of 2019.

The results were certified by FlightStats, the authoritative US independent society which every month drafts the list of the major airlines in the world for on-time performance, comparing the data of equivalent airlines for size and network.

The analysis performed by FlightStats reported that, in June, the Alitalia on-time performance index was 7.9 percentage points higher than the average punctuality index of world airlines (74.3%) and 11.6 percentage points higher than the average of European airlines (70.6%). Comparing the results of the first half 2019 with the same period of 2018 – when Alitalia recorded an on-time performance at 85.1% – the Italian airline confirmed the place at the top of the European ranking and further improved its position in the world ranking, moving from fourth place in the first 6 months of 2018 to the third place recorded this year, thus confirming an excellent operating performance.

FlightStats is one of the few data service companies that monitors almost every flight operated by each airline. FlighStats follows the “A14” on-time performance method, monitoring flights which arrive at the gate less than 15 minutes after the scheduled arrival time.

Washington Dulles welcomes Alitalia

Washington’s Dulles International Airport made this announcement:

Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) celebrated Alitalia’s inaugural flight Thursday (May 2) between the U.S. National Capital Region and Rome Leonardo da Vinci Fiumicino International Airport.

“Alitalia is a great addition to our roster of 33 international carriers at Dulles International Airport, offering 65 daily flights to nearly five dozen nonstop international destinations,” said Jerome L. Davis, executive vice president and chief revenue officer of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.

There was a festive atmosphere at the gate, as passengers on the inaugural flight sipped Italian illy caffè at a pop-up coffee bar and snapped photos with iconic Italian landmarks at a photo booth. Alitalia’s chief business officer, Fabio Lazzerini, and Italy’s ambassador to the United States, Armando Varricchio, welcomed customers and recognized the importance of the new route’s service to connect the U.S. Capital Region to the Eternal City. In addition, a display at the gate recognized the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo Da Vinci, the namesake of Rome’s airport and the inventor of a flying machine.

Dulles International is Alitalia’s sixth passenger service gateway in the United States. Service details include:

Flight No.       From   To       Departure/Arrival          Days

AZ 619            IAD      FCO    1615 / 0700+1                    Mon., Thurs.,Fri., Sat., Sun.

AZ 618            FCO    IAD      0930 / 1330                        Mon., Thurs.,Fri., Sat., Sun.

The new route is operated using an Airbus A330-200, carrying 249 passengers in a three-class configuration, with 19 in Magnifica Business Class, 17 in Premium Economy and 213 in Economy. Passengers across all three classes enjoy a sophisticated dining experience with award-winning menus featuring regional Italian cuisine and premium wines.

Thursday’s Alitalia launch is the latest new air service route from Dulles International in 2019, which saw passenger activity increase by more than 5 percent in 2018. Washington Dulles is the leading international airport in the National Capital Region, with more than 8 million international passengers in 2018.

Photos: Washington Dulles International Airport.

Alitalia in February – the most punctual airline according to Flightstats

Alitalia (3rd) (Societa Aerea Italiana) Airbus A321-112 I-BIXP (msn 583) LHR (SPA). Image: 940944.

Alitalia made this announcement:

Alitalia has ranked most punctual airline in the world in February 2019 with 90.12 per cent of flights landed on schedule, according to the report published by FlightStats, the authoritative US independent society which every month drafts the list of the major airlines in the world for on-time performance, comparing the data of equivalent airlines for size and network.

The analysis performed by FlightStats reported that the Alitalia’s on-time performance was, in February, more than 12 percentage points higher than the average punctuality index of world airlines (77.6%).

The data related to the month of February confirm the Italian airline’s excellent on-time performance in January when Alitalia had ranked second most punctual airline in the world. A positive trend also registered during 2018 when the Italian airline, with 83.2 per cent of flights landed on schedule, had ranked second most punctual airline in Europe and eighth in the world.

FlightStats is one of the few data service companies that monitors almost every flight operated by each airline. FlighStats follows the “A14” on-time performance method, monitoring flights which arrive at the gate less than 15 minutes after the scheduled arrival time. Full February 2019 report by Flightstats

Top Copyright Photo: Alitalia (3rd) (Societa Aerea Italiana) Airbus A321-112 I-BIXP (msn 583) LHR (SPA). Image: 940944.

Alitalia aircraft slide show:

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Alitalia: Records 14th consecutive month of passenger growth – +4% in January

Alitalia (3rd) (Societa Aerea Italiana) Airbus A330-202 EI-EJJ (msn 1225) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 104900.

Alitalia made this announcement for January 2019 as other airlines (Air France-KLM, Lufthansa, Delta, easyJet etc.) consider taking a share of the struggling flag carrier:

Alitalia’s passenger revenues increase continues the growth trend reported in the previous months.

The Italian airline reported in January 2019 the fourteenth consecutive month of growth, with a 4 percent increase in passenger revenues, compared to January 2018.

The growth was achieved without aircraft fleet expansion and was in particular driven by the excellent performance in the international and intercontinental sectors.

In January 2019, passenger revenues of long-haul services increased by 6 per cent compared to the previous year and now represent 48 percent of total passenger revenues, a value never achieved in the last 5 years.

Number of passengers carried on long-haul flights also continues the growth trend: in January 2019, Alitalia carried 197,380 travelers on its intercontinental services with a 2.3 percent increase compared to the same month of the previous year.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Alitalia (3rd) (Societa Aerea Italiana) Airbus A330-202 EI-EJJ (msn 1225) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 104900.

Alitalia aircraft slide show:

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Avianca Brazil and Alitalia announce a code-share agreement

First Stretched Triple Seven, delivered on September 1, 2017

Avianca Brazil and Alitalia have announce the implementation of a code-share agreement.

At first, with its “AZ” code, the Italian airline will sell air tickets to its partner destinations in Brazil, significantly increasing its penetration in the market.

The shared network will include 21 national and international destinations in connection with Alitalia services to/from São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro: Brasilia, Cuiabá, Campo Grande, Belem, Belo Horizonte (Confins), Curitiba, Florianópolis, Fortaleza, Foz do Iguaçu, Goiânia, João Pessoa, Maceió, Natal, Navegantes, Porto Alegre, Recife, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, São Paulo, Vitória, and Santiago, Chile, as an international destination. Sales are already available for travels from  July 3.

The agreement will expand the offer and connectivity for travelers arriving in the country with the Italian airline. Among other facilities, Alitalia customers will be able to fly to the desired destination in Brazil with a unique ticket, checking-in once at the departure airport for the entire journey, and collecting the checked baggage at the end of their trip in the arrival airport.

Currently, Avianca Brazil serves 25 domestic and four destinations abroad, with 282 daily departures, using 55 Airbus aircraft – the youngest fleet in the Americas. Alitalia, on the other hand, is the leading Italian airline and offers 18 weekly frequencies between Italy and Brazil, 11 on the Rome-São Paulo route and 7 weekly frequencies on the Rome-Rio de Janeiro route.

 

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the two airlines): Alitalia (3rd) (Societa Aerea Italiana) Boeing 777-3Q8 ER EI-WLA (msn 35783) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 941779.

Alitalia aircraft slide show:

Avianca Brazil aircraft slide show:

Bottom Copyright Photo: Avianca (Brazil) (OceanAir Linhas Aereas) Airbus A330-243 PR-OCK (msn 1508) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 104595.

Avianca (Brazil) (OceanAir Linhas Aereas) Airbus A330-243 PR-OCK (msn 1508) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 104595.