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ITA – Italia Trasporto Aereo (the new Alitalia) unveils its business plan approved by the Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of ITA – Italia Trasporti Aereo SpA (the new Alitalia) has approved the 2021-2025 Business Plan. The plan is still subject to Italian and European Commission approvals.

The plan outline is based on three main objectives:

  1. Create an efficient, innovative and competitive air carrier, able to offer the country quality connectivity in synergy with the strategic sectors of premium leisure and international business, placing the best service to customers – businesses, people and families – combined with social, environmental and economic sustainability, through careful and prudent management of resources.
  2. Develop a network of alliances aimed at expanding ITA’s range of action, increasing its growth and employment prospects, optimizing its investments in fleet and systems.
  3. Anchoring the network start-up, fleet and operating structures to the reality of the current context and their development, gradually and prudently, to the resumption of post Covid traffic, to ensure the public shareholder an efficient use of capital such as to allow an economic return on the amount invested, in line with the market. This, albeit in a still uncertain context, in which it remains difficult to accurately predict the evolution of demand and the consequent return on investments.

Operational Facts:

  1. Focus on the Rome Fiumicino Airport as main hub and Milan Linate Airport.
  2. Corporate structure with a holding company that will manage the flight operations, on which two subsidiaries will depend – and therefore with their own independent financial statements, which make it possible to constantly check their performance and compliance with the economic-financial balance – with specific skills in maintenance and handling, initially 100% controlled by ITA.
  3. Investments in digital systems and platforms to guarantee the customer experience of quality travel, as a distinctive element of the offer, and to develop a flexible and lean organization.

Marketing Facts:

  1. ITA aims to become the first choice on international destinations to and from Rome Fiumicino and to be the key company for business and leisure traffic to and from Milan Linate.
  2. The air cargo transport will be developed through the usage of jetliners belly cargo and the maybe in future a possible set up of a cargo division at Milan Malpensa airport is under overlook.

The business plan in the first year of operation envisions:

  1. 61 routes
  2. 52 aircraft
  3. Between 5,200 and 5,500 employees

International services from Rome:

2021: London, Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris CDG, Munich, Zurich, Geneva, Barcelona, ​​Madrid. Algiers, Tunis, Athens, Tirana, Cairo, Tel Aviv

2022: Valencia, Malaga, Frankfurt, Marseille, Belgrade, Malta, Sofia

2023: Moscow, Beirut, Amman

2024: Kuwait City, Jeddah, Riyadh

Domestic flights from Rome:

Turin, Bologna, Trieste, Verona, Venice, Florence, Bari, Brindisi, Naples, Lamezia, Reggio C., Catania, Comiso, Palermo, Alghero, Cagliari, Olbia.

International services from Milan Linate:

2021: London, Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris CDG and ORY, Frankfurt. Nationals on Rome, Naples, Alghero, Olbia, Cagliari, Palermo, Catania, Comiso, Reggio Calabria, Lamezia, Naples, Bari, Brindisi

2022: London (other stopover), Geneva, Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Luxembourg, Düsseldorf, Cologne, Stuttgart. National: Pescara

2023: Manchester, Hamburg.

By 2025 ITA will fly 93 routes.

The future aircraft fleet to be determined.

Talks are in progress with the old Alitalia SAI for the purchase of some of the commercial assets such as the Alitalia AZ code, 055 IATA ticket issuing plate, Alitalia brand, London Heathrow slots and Programma Millemiglia, the frequent flyer program.

Marco Finelli reporting from Italy.

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Alitalia to have COVID-free flights to New York by December 8

Alitalia and Rome airports managing company ADR –  Aeroporti di Roma have announced that, as of coming Tuesday, December 8, 2020, all passengers traveling on one of the three weekly flights from and to New York must present a certification proving the negativity to COVID-19, carried out within 48 hours prior to the flight, or perform the antigen test directly at the airport before embarking. For those departing from the United States, upon arrival at Fiumicino they will be asked to perform a new antigen test; a double check that will exempt passengers from the quarantine obligation upon entry into Italy.

Also for these COVID-tested flights, passengers it will always be required to wear a protective surgical mask and to have a number of spare parts adequate for the duration of the trip, to replace them every 4 hours. In addition, before boarding, the completion of a self-certification certifying not to have had close contact with people affected by COVID-19 is required.

The initiative responds to the needs of passengers who, in a recent market survey, expressed a growing interest in adopting these measures with increasing flight hours. Furthermore, this experimental phase will aim to evaluate the effectiveness and functionality of the new travel mode, with the aim of making it more widely available in view of the upcoming Summer 2021 season.

The new travel protocol is governed by the ordinance of November 23, 2020 of the Italian Minister of Health, issued in agreement with the Italian Minister of Infrastructure and Transport and the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. The government measure will be in force, unless extended, until February 15, 2021. The restrictions on entry into the United States provided for by the provisions of the American administration remain valid.

With this initiative Alitalia and Aeroporti di Roma extend the COVID-tested flight option, successfully launched last September 16, on two daily domestic flights Rome-Milan and confirm the commitment undertaken, from the earliest stages of the pandemic, to implement measures to prevent and protect the health of passengers and operators.

All Alitalia aircraft are sanitized daily with highly sanitizing products and, thanks to HEPA filters and vertical circulation, the air on board is renewed every three minutes and 99.7 pure, as in a sterile room, confirming that air travel remains the safest way to travel. In addition, the Leonardo da Vinci International Airport is at the forefront for high security standards achieved and is considered one of the safest airports in the world, so much so that it has obtained from Skytrax the maximum rating of 5 starts on anti-COVID health protocols, the ACI Airport Health Accreditation, and has just been chosen for the third consecutive year by ACI Europe as the best airport in Europe precisely because of the virus containment measures.

Marco Finelli reporting from Italy.

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Alitalia to resume flights to Brazil and Argentina from mid-December

On December 15, 2020 Alitalia will resume non-stop services from Rome to Sao Paulo and inaugurate the codeshare agreement with Brazilian airline Gol; flights from Rome to Buenos Aires will begin on December 19, 2020.

Scheduled services ro Brazil and Argentina will be operated on a weekly basis and will mark not only the resumption, after about nine months, of a regular direct air connection between Italy and the two South American countries, but they will also guarantee greater opportunities for carrying goods between Europe and South America, thanks to the load capacity of 20 tons (in 80 cubic meters of space) of the bellies of the Alitalia Boeing 777-200ER aircraft which will fly on the two routes.

In detail, services to and from Brazil will restart from December 15 with departure from Rome Fiumicino airport at 10:05 pm and arrival at the Sao Paulo-Guarulhos airport at 6:25 am (local time) the following day. From Sao Paulo, the Alitalia Boeing will take off for the first time on  December 17 at 4:05 pm (local time) and land in Rome Fiumicino at 7:15 am the next morning. Departures from Rome will be every Tuesday and from Sao Paulo every Thursday.

With the resumption of operations in Brazil, a codeshare agreement with the Brazilian airline Gol will also be launched. The commercial agreement will offer will offer passengers the possibility to travel to 39 other Brazilian destinations (including, for example, Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia, Recife, Salvador) thanks to the flights operated by Gol to and from Sao Paulo airport in connection with the Alitalia flight to and from Rome.

Services to and from Argentina will restart from December 19 with departure from Rome Fiumicino airport at 9:50 pm and arrival at the Buenos Aires-Ezeiza airport at 8 am (local time) the following day. From Buenos Aires, the Alitalia Boeing will take off for the first time on  December 21 at 2:05 pm (local time) and land in Rome Fiumicino at 7 am the next morning. Departures from Rome will be every Saturday and from Buenos Aires every Monday.

With the resumption of these two routes to South America, Alitalia will serve three intercontinental destinations with scheduled flights: Buenos Aires, New York and Sao Paulo.

Marco Finelli reporting from Italy.

How the new Italia Trasporto Aereo SpA will replace the current Alitalia – Società Aerea Italiana

Newco, which replaced the current Alitalia, is now on the scene in Italy.

Italia Trasporto Aereo SpA (Alitalia 4th) was born on Friday, October 9, 2020 when four Italian ministers signed the constitution act: Roberto Gualtieri (economy), Stefano Patuanelli (economic development), Nunzia Catalfo (labor) and Paola De Micheli ( transport and infrastructure) cleared the new airline company with Chairman Francesco Caio (currently chairman at Saipem in the oil & gas world business) and Fabio Maria Lazzerini as CEO, at this time chief business officer in Alitalia SAI.

Italia Trasporto Aereo will start operations with 20 million € investment capital and will shortly get 3 billion € from Italy‘s Government.
The head office will be in Rome and take over the current Alitalia SAI in AS.
Paola De Micheli choose the motto for Italia Trasporto Aereo as “bring Italy to the world”.
Above: Left: Fabio Maria Lazzerini is the CEO and chief business officer of the current Alitalia.

Right: Francesco Caio is the new appointed chairman of Italia Trasporto Aereo SpA and is still the Saipem SpA oil and gas company chairman.
In the past weeks, Fabio Maria Lazzerini was designed CEO on June 29, 2020, told about a month ago in an audit to the low chamber transport commission;
The new airline was pushed to be set up from current Alitalia SAI in AS by commissar Giuseppe Leogrande. In a speech last Wednesday in the low chamber transport and infrastructure commission said “we urge to have the new airline soon in business for our workers families”.
“The current Alitalia is in business for carrying and continuing to fly people inside the country, In Europe and to New York with responsible management for operating as most cost effective is possible and reducing to minimum the losses. In the first 9 months have seen -1.7 billion € in gross profits and in August carried about 650,000 people on 7,619 (-57%) flights flown and only 319 million € of tickets and services sold. Low demand times of this year were in April with only 47,000 flyers carried on 1,490 flights and only 20 million € of business in ticket sold. In February 2020 Alitalia carried 1,363,000 people on 13,521 flights.”
Marco Finelli reporting from Italy.

Alitalia converts more wide bodies to freighters

In the past weeks, Alitalia SAI, has decided to switch from passenger aircraft to cargo aircraft including its Boeing 777-300 ER registered as EI-WLA for Alitalia Cargo. The aircraft flies beside to Boeing 777-200 ER EI-ISD modified some months ago.

EI-WLA operated its first service from New York (JFK) to Milan (Malpensa) as flight AZ9453 on October 10.

On October 2, flying from Rome Fiumicino to Delhi, the 777 carried 53,626 kilograms establishing a record with freight in pallets.
Alitalia Cargo also operates to Mumbai and Delhi with fully cargo rotations.
Top photo by Alitalia. All others by Aeroporti di Roma.
Marco Finelli reporting from Italy.

Will Alitalia abandon Milan Malpensa?

Local media reports in Italy are reporting Alitalia will drop all flights to and from Milan Malpensa  Airport on October 1, 2020 after 70 years. The airline has not confirmed the media reports.

In Italian from il Giornale.it.

Alitalia also serves Milan Linate Airport.

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Alitalia will operate more flights to international destinations in September and October

Alitalia will operate more flights to foreign destinations in September and October when the medium and long-haul international sector will grow by 7% in September and 29% in October, compared to August.

The Alitalia flight schedule will see in September the resume of direct services from Rome to Buenos Aires and to Japan, Israel and Algeria which were postponed from mid-August to early September, following the extension of the restrictions to travels to those Countries. Alitalia will also resume domestic services from Rome Fiumicino to Verona. From Milan, in September Alitalia will resume Milan LinateFrankfurt services, as well as flights from Milan Malpensa to New York, another service rescheduled from mid-August to the beginning of the following month. In September, Alitalia will also increase number of frequencies on several international and domestic routes.

In October, Alitalia plans to resume flights from Milan Linate to Düsseldorf and Paris Orly, as well as further increasing number of frequencies on national and international routes served from Rome and Milan.

The airline will operate in October almost 1,630 services per week to 45 airports, including 19 domestic, thus increasing its activity at 46% of what was planned for this month before the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In detail, from the beginning of September Alitalia will activate air services from Rome Fiumicino to Buenos Aires (4 weekly flights which will be increased to 6 in October), Tokyo Haneda, Algiers (6 flights per week for each airport), Tel Aviv (4 weekly services) and, on the domestic network, the Airline will resume services from Rome to Verona (4 daily flights).

The airline will also increase from September 1 the number of frequencies from Rome to Geneva, Brussels, Nice, Tunis (from 14 to 20 flights per week for each airport), Zurich (from 10 to 14 weekly services) and Cairo (from 6 to 10 weekly flights). Other increases of frequencies are expected in September on domestic routes, such as Rome Fiumicino-Milan Linate, which will grow from 10 to 22 flights per day (14 on weekends), and from Rome Fiumicino to Genoa, Bari and Reggio Calabria, which will double from 2 to 4 daily services on each airport.

Beginning from October 1, Alitalia will increase the number of flights from Rome to Tel Aviv (from 4 to 10 weekly services), Amsterdam (from 14 to 24 weekly flights), Tirana (from 14 to 20 weekly services) and Geneva (from 20 to 28 flights per week). Other increases in number of air services are expected on domestic routes from Rome to Naples and Florence (from 2 to 4 daily services for both airports). In October Alitalia will operate overall 1,100 weekly flights between its hub in Rome Fiumicino airport and 42 domestic and international destinations.

From Milan Linate airport, beginning in September, Alitalia will resume international flights to Frankfurt (14 weekly services) and will increase number of services on the routes from Milan Linate to London Heathrow, Paris Charles De Gaulle (from 2 to 4 flights per day on both airports) and Brussels (from 12 to 24 weekly services). In September the Airline will also restart flights between Milan Malpensa and New York (6 services per week).

Beginning in October, Alitalia plans to resume international services to Düsseldorf (24 flights per week) and Paris Orly (14 weekly services). The Airline has also planned an increase of frequencies from 1 October from Milan Linate airport to Amsterdam and Frankfurt (from 14 to 24 weekly flights on both airports). On the domestic network, Alitalia will increase services from Linate airport to Bari and Naples (from 4 to 6 flights per day on both airports). In October, Alitalia will operate around 670 weekly flights between Milan and 19 destinations.

In compliance with the current laws, all Alitalia aircraft are sanitised with high-powered sanitizing products every day and, thanks to HEPA filters and vertical circulation, the air on board is not only renewed every three minutes, but it is also 99.7% pure, just like in a sterile medical room. All passengers are also required to complete a self-certification form before boarding, which certifies that they have not had close contact with people diagnosed with Covid-19. In addition, passengers must bring protective masks to be worn from their arrival at the airport and during the flight, taking into account that they have to bring an adequate number of protective masks according to the duration of the flight, since it is necessary to replace the mask with a new one every 4 hours.

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Alitalia resumes direct Rome-Boston services

Alitalia resumed nonstop services between Rome and Boston on July 16. The first Alitalia flight to Boston Logan airport departed from Rome Fiumicino at 10:20 am (local time).

 

The service to Boston is in addition to the one to New York, resumed in early June, and will be operated three times a week (from Italy every Monday, Thursday and Saturday, from the United States every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday).

 

In compliance with the current laws, all Alitalia aircraft are sanitised with high-powered sanitizing products every day and, thanks to HEPA filters and vertical circulation, the air on board is not only renewed every three minutes, but it is also 99.7% pure, just like in a sterile medical room. All passengers are also required to complete a self-certification form before boarding, which certifies that they have not had close contact with people diagnosed with Covid-19. In addition, passengers must bring protective masks to be worn from their arrival at the airport and during the flight, taking into account that they have to bring an adequate number of protective masks according to the duration of the flight, since it is necessary to replace the mask with a new one every 4 hours.
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Alitalia to operate 24% more flights in August, will resume Milan-New York service

Alitalia has made this announcement:

Alitalia will increase number of flights in August, when the Airline will operate a total of over 1,600 flights per week, 24% more than in July and more than double compared to those operated in June.

Alitalia aircraft will fly on 75 routes (24 more than July) and 52 airports (16 more than in the previous month), of which 20 in Italy and 32 abroad. Seats offered in August will return to exceed one million per month, with a growth by 29% compared to July. Despite the significant growth of operations compared to the previous two months, Alitalia will increase its activity in August at around 45% of what was planned before the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Alitalia flight schedule will see in August, on the long-haul sector, the beginning of the Rome-Tokyo Haneda route (from August 17), the resume of the Milan Malpensa-New York service (from August 15) and the increase of flights between Rome and New York.

On the medium-haul international network, Alitalia will increase the number of destinations served in Spain, France and North Africa and will resume services to and from the Middle East, as well as increasing the number of flights to airports already served abroad; in addition, the Airline will launch many seasonal services to the Balearic Islands and to the Greek Islands (both from Rome and Milan). For the domestic sector, Alitalia will increase air services between Northern and Southern Italy.

Furthermore, beginning on July 24, Alitalia will resume operations to and from Milan Linate airport where the Airline will operate, in a first stage, only the PSO routes to and from Sardinia. Starting from August 1, the airline will operate to and from Milan Linate Airport the other domestic and international routes operated until July 31 to and from Milan Malpensa, in compliance with the limit at the number of hourly movements on the city airport of Milan, that was decided by Authorities in order to reduce the number of departing passengers and ensure social distancing inside the airport.

In detail, in August Alitalia will connect its hub in Rome Fiumicino airport to 51 domestic and international destinations with approximately 1,050 weekly flights. In addition to the services already operated, from the beginning of August the Airline will start flights from Rome Fiumicino to Malaga, Algiers, Cairo (6 flights per week for each airport) Marseille and Tel Aviv (10 flights per week for both airports), as well as new seasonal summer flights to Palma de Mallorca, Ibiza, Menorca, Corfu, Kefalonia, Heraklion (Crete), Rhodes, Mykonos (4 flights per week with each of these airports) and Zakynthos (2 weekly flights). From August 17, Alitalia will inaugurate new service from Rome to Tokyo Haneda (6 flights per week).

Alitalia will also increase from August 1 the number of air services from Rome Fiumicino airport to New York (from 8 to 14 flights per week), Athens (from 2 to 4 daily flights), Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Geneva, Munich, Tunis (from 10 to 14 flights per week for each airport), Malta, Nice and Tirana (from 6 to 14 flights per week for each airport). Frequencies of flights will also be increased on domestic routes from Rome to Brindisi (from 2 to 4 daily flights) and Pantelleria (from 4 to 6 flights per week). With the reopening of Milan Linate airport, in August Alitalia will resume services from Rome to both Milan Linate (with 10 flights per day) and Malpensa (4 flights per day) airports.

Alitalia will serve a total of 24 destinations from Milan Linate and Malpensa airports with approximately 710 weekly flights.

From Milan Linate Airport, beginning on July 24, Alitalia will operate flights to Cagliari (16 per day), Olbia (10 per day), Alghero (6 per day).

Beginning from August1, Alitalia will operate to and from Milan Linate airport the domestic and international medium-haul flights operated until 31 July to and from Milan Malpensa airport, such as the routes to Bari, Brindisi, Catania, Lamezia Terme, Lampedusa, Naples, Palermo, Pantelleria, Reggio Calabria, Rome Fiumicino and, abroad, Amsterdam, Brussels, London and Paris. Alitalia will also increase frequencies of many domestic services from Milan Linate to Catania (from 8 to 12 daily flights), Lamezia Terme and Brindisi (from 4 to 6 daily services for both airports), Naples (from 2 to 4 flights per day) and Lampedusa (from 2 to 4 weekly flights, summer seasonal service).

Furthermore, from the beginning of August, the Airline will activate new summer seasonal services from Milan Linate to Palma de Mallorca, Ibiza, Menorca, Corfu, Heraklion (Crete) and Rhodes (4 flights per week with each of these airports). 

At Milan Malpensa airport, from August 1, Alitalia will continue to operate air services with Rome Fiumicino (4 flights per day) and, from August 15 the airline will resume direct flights to New York (6 flights per week).

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Alitalia to operate over 1,000 weekly flights in July

Alitalia will increase number of flights and destinations served in July. During the month, the Airline will operate over 1,000 weekly flights reaching 13 new domestic and international airports: Amsterdam, Athens, Boston, Malta, Nice, Tel Aviv, Tirana, Tunis and in Italy Brindisi, Florence, Lampedusa, Pantelleria and Reggio Calabria.

Alitalia will operate 60% more flights compared to June and will double number of services compared to May. Alitalia aircraft will fly on 52 routes (22 more than June) to 37 airports, including 19 in Italy and 18 abroad. Seats offered in July will grow by 60% compared to the previous month.

The Alitalia flight schedule in July will mainly include the reopening of international air services from Milan and the increase of international flights from Rome, as well as the increase of services from Northern Italy to Southern Italy and the Italian islands.

 

In detail, Alitalia will resume flights from Rome Fiumicino to Athens (2 flights per day, from 1 July), Amsterdam, Tel Aviv, Tunis (10 flights per week with each of the three airports, from 1 July), Nice and Tirana (6 flights per week for each airport, from 1 July), Malta (6 flights per week, from 2 July), Boston (6 flights per week, from 16 July), Brindisi (2 flights per day, from 1 July), Florence (2 flights per day from 1 July, replacing the services to Pisa), Reggio Calabria (2 flights per day, from 1 July), Lampedusa and Pantelleria (4 flights per week with each of the two airports, summer seasonal services from 4 July).

Alitalia will also increase from 1 July the number of air services from Rome Fiumicino airport to Barcelona and Madrid (from 6 flights per week to 2 per day for each airport), Paris (from 20 flights per week to 4 per day), London (from 4 to 6 flights per day), Milan (from 8 to 10 flights per day), Bologna, Lamezia Terme, Turin and Venice (from 2 to 4 flights per day for each of the four airports). The Airline has already planned to increase, beginning from 15 June, the number of services from Rome to Catania and Palermo (from 8 to 10 flights per day with each of the two airports) and to Cagliari (from 6 to 8 daily flights).

From Milan Malpensa airport, where the Airline will carry on its operations until the reopening of Linate airport, Alitalia will resume international services to London, Paris, Amsterdam (2 flights per day with each of the three airports, from 1 July), Brussels (12 flights per week, from 1 July) and domestic services to Brindisi, Lamezia Terme, Naples, Reggio Calabria (2 flights per day with each airport), Pantelleria and Lampedusa (2 flights per week with each of the two airports, summer seasonal services which will start, respectively, from 4 and 5 July).

Furthermore, the Airline has already planned to increase, beginning from today, the number of flights from Milan to Cagliari (from 4 to 6 daily flights) and to double services, from 13 June, to Catania and Palermo (from 2 to 4 flights per day with each of the two airports).

Overall, with about 750 weekly flights Alitalia will connect its hub in Rome Fiumicino airport with 36 domestic and international destinations (Alghero, Bologna, Bari, Brindisi, Cagliari, Catania, Florence, Genoa, Lamezia Terme, Lampedusa, Milan, Naples, Olbia, Palermo, Pantelleria, Reggio Calabria, Turin, Venice and, abroad, Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Boston, Brussels, Frankfurt, Geneve, London, Madrid, Malta, Munich, New York, Nice, Paris, Tel Aviv, Tirana, Tunis and Zurich).

From Milan, Alitalia will serve 17 domestic and international destinations (Alghero, Bari, Brindisi, Cagliari, Catania, Lamezia Terme, Lampedusa, Naples, Olbia, Palermo, Pantelleria, Reggio Calabria, Rome and, abroad, Amsterdam, Brussels, London and Paris) with over 350 weekly flights.

All passenger flights are operated with reduced aircraft capacity, in order to comply with the provisions of the Italian law on social distancing on board aircraft. Alitalia’s aircraft are sanitized with high-powered sanitizing products every day and, thanks to HEPA filters and vertical circulation, the air on board is 99.7% pure, just like in a sterile medical room.

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