Alitalia will fly to South Korea for the first time in more than 20 years this summer.
The airline will operate an A330 in a three-class configuration — Magnifica (business), Classica Plus (premium economy) and Classica (economy) — between Rome and Seoul Incheon from June 4.
Outbound service AZ758 will depart Rome Fiumicino airport on Sundays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 1500 and arrive in Seoul at 0925 the following day.
Return service AZ759 will leave Seoul on Mondays, Fridays and Sundays at 1405 and land in Rome at 1940 the same day.
Alitalia will also resume direct flights between Rome and Beijing by the end of the year, the airline said.
And, from May 1 until the end of October, the Italian carrier will fly between Milan and Shanghai.
Earlier this month, Etihad Airways officially acquired a 75 per cent stake in Alitalia Loyalty, which operates the airline's frequent flyer programme MilleMiglia (see news, February 3).
Last month, Alitalia and Etihad unveiled a strategic plan to bring the Italian airline back into profit by 2017 (see news, January 20).