DOHA, QATAR – Air Italy marked a primary in Italian aviation with the landing of its Boeing B737 Max in new livery at Milan-Malpensa Airport.
Air Italy and Qatar Airways VIP dignitaries acquired the plane on the Boeing Everett Supply Centre in Seattle earlier than flying it again to Italy and upon arriving in Milan, have been greeted by a celebratory water cannon salute. VIPs on board the flight included Qatar Airways Group Chief Government, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker; Chairman of Alisarda and AQA Holding, Mr. Marco Rigotti; Director of Aga Khan Fund for Financial Improvement (AKFED) and AQA Holding Board Member, Mr. Sultan Allana; and Chairman of Air Italy, Mr. Francesco Violante.
They have been acquired by the Qatari Ambassador to Italy, His Excellency Mr. Abdulaziz bin Ahmed Al Malki Al Jehni; the Italian Ambassador to the State of Qatar, His Excellency Mr. Pasquale Salzano; U.S. Consul Normal to Italy, Mrs. Elisabeth Martinez; Chairman of Milan-Malpensa Airport, Mr. Pietro Modiano; and Chairman of Boeing Italia, Mr. Antonio de Palmas.
Throughout a press convention at Milan-Malpensa Airport, the VIP dignitaries mentioned the significance of this historic second, which is able to set a brand new period in Italian aviation for the folks of Italy and for passengers worldwide. Friends and media have been additionally handled to an thrilling reveal of the brand new trendy Air Italy cabin crew uniform.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Government, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, stated: “It’s actually a outstanding second to be witnessing the launch of a brand new period in Italian aviation. The landing of Air Italy’s first Boeing B737 Max in new livery at Milan marks the start of a brand new journey expertise for the folks of Italy. Not solely are we happy to be a part of this memorable second, however we’re delighted to be supporting it by leasing Air Italy with 5 Airbus A330-200 plane this yr from the Qatar Airways fleet.”
The brand new Boeing 737 Max plane function trendy and spacious cabins, superior working economics and a higher gas effectivity. The plane kind will function Enterprise Class seating and can change Air Italy’s present Boeing 737NGs.
The inaugural plane is the primary of almost 50 new plane that might be added to the Air Italy fleet by 2022. That is the primary of 20 model new Boeing B737 Max plane that may be part of the airline over the subsequent three years.
Air Italy may also lease 5 Airbus A330-200 plane this yr from Qatar Airways’ fleet, prior to those being additional changed by Boeing 787-Eight Dreamliner plane. Qatar Airways beforehand strengthened its dedication to Italy in 2017 with the acquisition of 49 per cent of AQA Holding, the brand new guardian firm of Air Italy, whereas the earlier sole shareholder Alisarda stored 51 per cent.
Community locations may also get pleasure from continued enlargement, with new long-range routes from Milan to New York, Miami, Bangkok and Mumbai already introduced. Air Italy this month additionally inaugurated short-haul routes connecting Milan to Rome, Naples, Palermo and Olbia. Extra routes from Milan to the Sicilian east coastal metropolis of Catania and Lamezia Terme in Calabria will start on 1 July and 1 September respectively.
Additional plans additionally embody strengthening the short-range community to enhance connectivity and launching the primary long-range vacation spot from Rome Fiumicino in 2019. Air Italy goals to fly greater than 50 year-round routes by 2022.