Air Italy signs code share agreement with Bulgaria Air
The code share agreement will offer increased connectivity between the main Bulgarian cities and
eight major destinations in Italy
Thanks to an interline commercial agreement, Bulgaria Air’s passengers will benefit from single tickets
for traveling between Bulgaria and Air Italy’s US, Canada and Africa destinations
Olbia, 28 February 2018 – Air Italy and Bulgaria Air have entered into a code share partnership to offer customers enhanced connectivity between Bulgaria and eight major destinations in Italy, with effect from today.
Under the agreement, Air Italy’s “IG” code will be placed on Bulgaria Air flights between Milan Malpensa and Sofia, Varna and Burgas, which are all on sale from today with the first flights available from March 31st. At the same time, starting with the new summer IATA season, Bulgaria Air will put its “FB” code on Air Italy flights between Milan Malpensa and Rome Fiumicino, Naples, Olbia and Cagliari (Sardinia), Palermo and Catania (Sicily), and Lamezia Terme (Calabria).
Moreover, thanks also to the interline commercial agreement, Bulgaria Air’s passengers will benefit from single tickets for travel between Bulgaria and Air Italy’s US, Canada and Africa destinations operated from Malpensa: Miami, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco (both from April), Toronto (from May), Cairo, Dakar, Accra and Lagos.
Air Italy Chief Operating Officer, Rossen Dimitrov, said: “The commencement of our partnership with Bulgaria Air is great news for passengers of both airlines. Our customers can now benefit from a new choice for connecting to Bulgaria via Milan Malpensa, from our seven key Italian destinations. Meanwhile, we are delighted to be welcoming Bulgaria Air’s passengers on board our new Air Italy flights from Milan Malpensa to Rome, Naples, Palermo, Catania, Lamezia Terme, Cagliari and Olbia.
“We are also very proud to be welcoming Bulgaria Air’s passengers traveling from Sofia, Varna and Burgas on board our new Air Italy intercontinental flights from Milan Malpensa to the US and Canada as they will experience our extremely comfortable widebody long-haul Airbus A330-200 and our new Business and Economy Class on board services.”
“It is a great pleasure to announce the new codeshare agreement which is only a step towards Bulgaria Air’s goal to offer passengers the opportunity to travel intercontinentally and connect Bulgarians all over the world. Our urge is to continually expand our portfolio of destinations and we are very happy that we have found a partner such as Air Italy who had already proven to be a responsible, innovative and progressive air career. Thanks to this partnership the passengers from the United States, Canada, Italy and Bulgaria can benefit and enjoy the same high quality and comfortable flights as always and reach numerous new destinations. We are happy to welcome all Air Italy’s passengers on board and be a part of creating a connection between Italy and Bulgaria,” said CEO of Bulgaria Air Hristo Todorov."
Flight tickets for the Italy/Bulgaria routes under the codeshare agreement are available for purchase at travel agents, or through each airlines’ website and call centers for travel from March 31st.
Air Italy is an Italian airline fully owned by AQA Holding (51% Alisarda and 49% Qatar Airways), with its headquarters in Olbia and main operating base in Milan Malpensa.
In March 2018 the Company started operation as Air Italy.
Beginning in May 2018, Air Italy added new domestic routes from Milan to Rome, Naples, Palermo, Catania, Lamezia Terme and Cagliari (March 2019) all scheduled for connection to its newest long-range destinations including New York, Miami, Bangkok, Delhi, Los Angeles and San Francisco (April 2019), Toronto (May 2019).
Its network also includes direct international flights from Milan Malpensa to Accra, Cairo, Dakar, Lagos, Sharm El-Sheikh, and, from its Olbia Costa Smeralda hub, year-round scheduled services to Rome, Milan Linate, Milan Malpensa and Bologna and seasonal ones to a wide range of domestic and regional destinations.
Air Italy’s fleet is currently comprised of three Boeing 737 MAX, five Boeing 737 NG, five Airbus A330.