Italy’s flagship carrier, Alitalia will resume service to India after an absence of nine years.
Effective from October 30, Alitalia will launch a daily direct service between New Delhi and Rome, until March 24, 2018.
The decision was announced by Alitalia despite being declared insolvent by Italy Tribunal on May 11, after losing 205 million euros earlier this year. The carrier is relying on investors, mainly Etihad Airways to help it stay afloat.
A press release by Alitalia states: “The decision to launch this new service was taken to meet the increasing demand for flights between the two countries.”
Flight AZ 769 will depart from New Delhi at 0440 and arrive in Rome at 0900. Flight AZ 768 will take off at 1440 from the Italian capital and land in the Indian capital at 0240, the next day.
An A330 will fly the route. The aircraft will be equipped with “Made in Italy” amenities, and wifi for phone calls, internet and email. The on-board menu includes Italian cuisine and wine. Alitalia’s “Dine Anytime” meal service will give guests the flexibility to decide when would they like their meal. Business class seats in Italian brand Poltrona Frau leather recline to a flatbed position.
Alitalia passengers arriving at Rome Fiumicino Airport from New Delhi, will be able to take onward connections to 39 cities in Europe, North Africa and the Americas. A transit team will be available to help them arrive at the next departure gate on time.