30. June 2011 11:14
Leading Italian carrier Alitalia started two new intercontinental flights early June this year.
The new flights started operations on Beijing and Rio de Janeiro routes from June 1, 2011. The flights are now connecting Rome with these two destinations.
The inaugural ceremony of the launch of the two new intercontinental routes was held at Leonardo da Vinci International Airport in Rome-Fiumicino. Alitalia provided a free gift to all the passengers of inaugural flights to celebrate the launch of new routes.
Giancario Schisano, COO of Alitalia, while speaking on the occasion said that Alitalia is focusing on business tourism and considers Beijing and Rio de Janeiro as world’s most traditional developing areas. He also said that Brazil and China are growing market targets for Alitalia’s international and intercontinental offers.
Providing the details on the new intercontinental flights, the Alitalia in a statement said that Rome-Beijing flight will be operated four-times weekly. However, the frequency of flights on this route will be increased from four to five. The airline further said that Rome-Beijing flight has been added to links between Shanghai and Rome, and will codeshare with China Eastern.
Alitalia is aiming to strengthen its presence in Far East with connection to Beijing. Al present, Alitalia is the only carrier in the Far East region to provide direct links between Japan and Italy.
Regarding the Rome-Rio de Janeiro route, the airline said that it began flight operations three-times-weekly in June. However, the frequency of the flights on this route will be increased from the current three to four effective from July.
With the launch of flight operations to Rio de Janeiro, Alitalia has become the only carrier in South America to expand its intercontinental network and offer direct scheduled flights to Rio de Janeiro.
Alitalia said that its new ACJ-330 aircrafts have been deployed on the two new intercontinental routes of Rio de Janeiro and Beijing. The aircraft is configured in three classes – Magnifica, Classica Plus and Classica.