Air Italy expands route network as it adds Milan-Delhi

posted on 4th July 2018 by Justin Burns
Air Italy expands route network as it adds Milan-Delhi

Air Italy will start flying its fifth new international route this year on 28 October when it starts a five weekly rotation to Delhi from Milan Malpensa.

An Airbus A330-200 will be utilised and it is the carrier’s second destination in India as begun flying to Mumbai last April.

The Delhi routes joins new routes to New York JFK and Miami which start this month, and Bangkok that will take-off on 9 September.

Air Italy chief operating officer, Neil Mills said the addition of the Indian routes will ensure the airline becomes the largest in terms of non-stop flights between Italy and India.

The carrier was rebranded earlier in 2018 from Meridiana. Qatar Airways took a 49 per cent stake in the carrier last year.

Air Italy aims to have approximately 50 aircraft by 2022 and is already committed to receiving 20 new Boeing 737-Max aircraft from April this year, 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.

Further plans also include strengthening the short-range network to improve connectivity and launching the first long-range destination from Rome Fiumicino in 2019. Air Italy aims to fly more than 50 year-round routes by 2022.