Air Italy is the latest carrier to be welcomed to Miami International Airport as the airline touched down from Milan Malpensa Airport on 8 June in Florida at the start of a four-weekly rotation.
The Italian carrier was rebranded from Meridiana at the start of the year and is being back by new shareholder Qatar Airways, which took a 49 per cent stake last year.
The inaugural arrival from Milan was welcomed with a water cannon salute, followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by various represenatatives from the airport and airline.
“We are honoured that Air Italy chose Miami as its first destination in the southeast US,” said Miami-Dade Aviation Director Lester Sola. “More than 288,000 passengers already travel between MIA and Italy every year, and we expect that number to increase because of Air Italy’s new service.”
Air Italy, which chose Miami and New York (JFK) as its first two US destinations, is using 260-seat Airbus 330-200 aircraft that includes 24 angle-flat seats in business and 236 in economy.
“Air Italy will offer our customers a true Italian-style experience,” said Air Italy chief operating officer, Neil Mills. “They will sense upon landing the beauty of Italy and our warm welcome, thanks to Air Italy’s high quality on-board service and in-flight entertainment tailored to every individual.
“Our modern A330 and the new Boeing 737 MAX are exceptional aircraft – now operating from Malpensa to the four wonderful Italian destinations of Campania, Sicily, Sardinia and Calabria.”
Air Italy aims to have approximately 50 aircraft by 2022 and is already committed to receiving 20 new Boeing 737-Max aircraft from April 2018, over the next three years.
The carrier will also receive five Airbus A330-200 aircraft this year from the Qatar Airways’ fleet, prior to these being further replaced by Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft, commencing May 2019.