Air Italy's first Los Angeles-Milan flight takes-off
Los Angeles becomes the third North American destination served by Air Italy
following the launch of its direct flights to New York JFK and Miami in 2018
Los Angeles inaugural flight first to showcase new service and product
Starting April 10th 2019, Air Italy will launch its new Milan-San Francisco services
Air Italy’s first non-stop service from Los Angeles to Milan Malpensa was inaugurated today, taking off from Los Angeles at 6.50 pm, adding a third direct service to North America following last year’s launch of Milan-New York JFK and Milan-Miami.
The new Los Angeles-Milan IG944 service which will operate four times weekly was inaugurated by Air Italy's Chief Operating Officer, Rossen Dimitrov, who thanked Joe Buscaino, Council Member Los Angeles City, Keith Wilschetz, Deputy Executive Director Los Angeles World Airport, Max Reyes, Office of Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti Infrastructure Manager and Silvia Chiave, General Consul of Italy in Los Angeles and gave a warm send off to the departing passengers and media representatives.
In celebration of this new service, there was a traditional cake and ribbon cutting ceremony as the departure of the A330 aircraft was marked with a celebratory water cannon.
Air Italy's Chief Operating Officer, Rossen Dimitrov, said: "With the opening of this new service from Los Angeles, Air Italy is proud to inaugurate its third North American route. This is an important season for Air Italy as we significantly expand our connections to North America while fulfilling our mission to deliver an excellent and memorable passenger experience on board all of our flights with the introduction of Phase 2 of our new onboard services. Air Italy is revealing a completely new onboard business product on this inaugural Los Angeles-Milan flight with a new food and beverage concept and dine on demand service.”
“We are growing considerably in the North American market. Today, we are increasing our total flights to 20 weekly. Our Summer 2019 capacity has more than 200.000 seats and we are aiming for load factors like last summer when we exceeded 90% as an average through the key summer months.
“With the development of our new hub model at Milan Malpensa, we are already seeing an increase of more than 50% of customers flying with Air Italy from the United States via Milan, to Rome, Naples, Sicily, Calabria and Sardinia – and we expect this to continue with our new Miami and New York routes.”
Air Italy’s next and fourth US service to be inaugurated will be the four-weekly services between San Francisco and Milan, which will commence on April 10th with flights each Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Tuesday.
The new flights from Los Angeles are four times weekly (Wednesday, Friday, Sunday, Monday) and are operated by Air Italy’s new Airbus 330-200 offering 24 seats in Business and 228 in Economy class.
All international flights to and from Milan Malpensa, including the new LAX service, can connect with domestic flights served by Air Italy between Milan and central and southern Italy, namely Rome, Naples, Palermo, Catania, Lamezia Terme, Cagliari, and Olbia.
Summer 2019 - Timetable North America
Milan Malpensa – Los Angeles – Milan Malpensa
(Wednesday, Friday, Sunday, Monday)
Milan (MXP) – Los Angeles (LAX) IG943 departure 1:00 pm arrival 04:50 pm
Los Angeles (LAX) - Milan (MXP) IG944 departure 06:50 pm arrival 03:55 pm (+1 day)
Milan Malpensa – San Francisco – Milan Malpensa
(Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Tuesday)
Milan (MXP) – San Francisco (SFO) IG937 departure 01:35 pm arrival 05:10 pm
San Francisco (SFO) - Milan (MXP) IG938 departure 07:10 pm arrival 04:05 pm (+1 day)
Milan Malpensa – New York JFK – Milan Malpensa
Milan (MXP) – New York (JFK) IG901 departure 01:15 pm arrival 04:40 pm
New York (JFK) - Milan (MXP) IG902 departure 08:30 pm arrival 10:50 am (+1 day)
Milan Malpensa – Miami – Milan Malpensa
(Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday – From May 1st, + Thursday)
Milan (MXP) – Miami (MIA) IG969 departure 12:55 am arrival 05:10 pm
Miami (MIA) - Milan (MXP) IG968 departure 07:10 pm arrival 11:05 am (+1 day)
All flights connect with: Rome (FCO), Naples (NAP), Lamezia Terme (SUF), Palermo (PMO), Catania (CTA), Olbia (OLB) and Cagliari (CAG)
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 and Delhi, Los Angeles and San Francisco (April 2019), and 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