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Alitalia is shortly to launch and offer to the customers on long haul flights the new intermediate product Classica Economy Plus. The new cabin will offer 21 seats on brand new delivered Airbus A330/200s that shortly join the fleet by coming June. The new more roomy and sillenced cabin where the new seats are located offer more than 20% with 120° recline. 45 films available on demand together with news in real time on new 10,6 inches LCD technology screens with noise cancelling headsets. New USB port is now available for uploading digital music from your laptop, netbook or MP3 player in the inflight on demand program system. You can recharge your PC battery. The availability of satellite phone. New dedicated hot meals as lunch, breakfast are available depending the flight duration with hot or soft drinks and Italian wines selected between the most famous wineries.
The new Classica Economy Plus is available by July 11 2010 on Milan Malpensa-Tokyo Narita, as from Aug 10 2010 on Milan Malpensa-New York and to Miami by Aug 12 2010. In the following months the new service will be available on long haul routes in departure from Rome Fiumicino.
The scene is wholly changed from the beginning. Lufthansa Italia with focus to set up at Milan Malpensa an important hub with point a point flights inside Italy and towards Europe and in second time the opening of long haul routes left void by Alitalia re positioning to Rome FCO is now gone. Today, the first target is to get traffic rights for flying the most Italian lucrative route, Rome Fiumicino-Milan Linate. Thats taking in consideration the outsider action of Alitalia and fast trains that soon will see two players competing on the same scene. No plans are available shortly about long haul flights in departure from Milan Malpensa, everything is closed in a box for a long time. The dream to see one day the long haul network launched by LHI that especially SEA - Milan Airports managing company has counted to see realized is gone.
16 months after the start up Lufthansa Italia continue to aligns several planes based at Milan Malpensa with operations mostly towards Europe and Southern Italy. Failed the operations to Rome Fiumicino and playing the same game where at Milan Malpensa the budget low fare airline EasyJet is in business, moreover the best series of full free of charge benefits from in flight service until no charge baggage load in the bulk. Continues the difficulties speaking about load factors especially on routes towards Southern Italy after new competition in act is commenced a pair months ago by a new competitor, AirOne, the new smart carrier arm of Alitalia.
The commercial results continues to be affected by aggressive advertising campaign and the launch of bargains in economy and business class. The take off of this Italian arm of Lufthansa is again plenty of troubles and the last day could be next if this model was a main business. Lufthansa Italia is the way surely to cope the trade unions dispute had in Germany when some subsidiaies were re-sized and workforce newly located also short term in Italy with Lufthansa Italia. No financial results was diffused until now about Lufthansa Italia, profits should be difficult if offering 99€ for companion trip, flying twice round trip ticket towards an European destination all inclusive.
Malaysia Airlines Italy's area manager Mr. Baharom Mohd Yatim, has declared "we are looking to open a non stop flight to Milan Malpensa from Kuala Lumpur. Not yet is known when the new route will be launched. The opportunity was in the middle of official visit conducted by Tourism Ministrer Datò Sri Dr. Ng Yen Yen. The new flight Milan-Kuala Lumpur could increase the routes from Italy passing from 1 to 2. Today Malaysia Airlines service Rome with three flights a week. Optimism comes also from Sea - Milan Airports managing company.
Traffic rights was aeardfed to Alitalia for flying non stop Panama from Milan and Rome FCO. Foreign Affairs Minister Franco Frattini signed the deal with Panama's Government.
Its the declaration by Wokita TO sales manager appeared on a travel media at Pow Wow of Orlando. The airline is on the way to prject a direct flight that will link Turin and New York due to the increased value of US Dollar up to the Euro.
New services out from Taranto could be operated soon if the deal will be signed. Some days ago the local newspapers of Taranto has reported the news declared by Head of Province.
In the last days, its appeared the realese in some local medias of Apulia regarding that small Polish carrier Jet Air is interested to establish regular flights from Taranto to Rome FCO. The airline aligns in flett some Jetstream and ATR42s and currently the predicted route is not operated.
Air Vallee will start to fly from Rimini by next June 25 2010 with launch of new flights to Naples, after that from July 4 to Cagliari and Split. Two 31 seater Dornier 328s are dispatched there and several destinations are operated in the peak of the season, of which: Lamezia (July 17), Beograd (July 18), Olbia (July 19), Kekryra (July 24). The summer schedule will end in Sept 30 2010. It is expected to open flights to Paris with different type of aircrafts. Its possible the launch of new service in the Balkhans in the coming fall. Maxxcom is the web booking engine selected fir selling seats on these flights and the sales opening is within some days.
Rome will be not an all year round destination non stop serviced by American Airlines. The route Rome FCO-New York JFK is planned to be stop by Nov 15 2010. Currently it has two routes: New York all year round and Chicago seasonal. Milan MXP services will continue all year round as planned.
Alitalia will begin to serve both Italian main gateways as from June 3rd 2010, when a new thrice weekly service is available newly from Milan Mxp to Miami. The days of operation are mondays, thursdays, saturdays.
Milan Mxp-Miami 11.50-16.50
Miami-Milan Mxp 18.30-10.20
As from coming August 2010, the route is planned to be served with newest delivered A330/200s that shortly Alitalia will get brand new from manufacturer.
These new jets will offer new interiors and the newest triple service configuration with:
•The new business class “Magnifica”, with latest generation Sogerma seats wholly flatty bed and a newest high quality in flight service, expressione of finest Italian style,.
•The new Premium Economy Class “Classica Plus”, Its an intermediate upgraded product that propose new benefits for whom travels with an economy ticket and it don't want to refuse the privileges of an exclusive class. .
•The new face lifted Economy Class “Classica”, studied for offering comfort and care in the details along the whole travel flight experience.
Oman Air is on the way to launch direct flights in the coming winter from Milan Malpensa to Muscat. Shortly they'll resume connections to UInited Arab Emirates gateways of Ras Al Khaimah and Al Ain. They already serve Dubai and Abu Dhabi, reaching 35 gateways all over the world. Oman Air has recently launched filights to Kuala Lumpur and shortly: Lahore, Islamabad, Dar-Es-Salaam and Kathmandu. The new 86th destination on the network of Milan Malpensa will be serviced by A330/200s aircrafts.
Alitalia is shortly to order a batch of 20 new planes on 100 seats size for its regional market that range from Italy's domestic to the closest destinations in Europe. The bid is between Bombardier, Embraer or the consortium formed with Alenia and Sukhoi. The new Superjet appears the first choice but if they'll get a good discount on the offer is surely one of the most preferred conditions to get the order. Reasonably today the value is about 500 million €, but they are looking for less.
Rome Ciampino, Bergamo, Treviso and Cagliari, these are the first batch of Italian gateways with non stop flights by September 2010 to Barcelona El Prat. Ryanair opens the new base, the 42th in the main gateway of Barcelona. Rome Ciampino and Bergamo are served daily, 6xweek to Treviso and 3xweek to Cagliari. 5 airplanes are planned to be dispatched in the new base. The new Ryanair operation consist to cope the availability of gates in the old terminal, after that new one was opened recently.
Talks are currently in progress between Alitalia with Salerno Airport and local authorities in order to open soon the services with Rome FCO and Milan Malpensa. These services surely are granted using partner airlines like Darwin Airline with 50 seater Saab2000s. Alitalia of course wants compensations and the amount reoported by the press is 7 million € as support marketing risk cover.
Alitalia in the last have planned to resume flights from October ut recently some situations are changed and the start up was anticipated. Currently Salerno, located south of Naples is without flights after that Air Dolomiti stopped services to Milan Malpensa and Verona.
Livingston chairman Massimo Ferrero confirm the interest of many investors about the take over of Livingston. Differently he said about the good finacial status of the airline, no debts with banks and the expansion fo customer list as tour operators mainly. The airline is in the radars of many investors and offer are currently under his evaluation. Ferrero explain that in summer season 2010 new routes are expected top be open and the partnership with tour operators is confirmed. Concerning the relations with lessors from many months Livingston is in talks the optimization of fleet with the addition of new A320s and A330s in order to respect the business case.
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