MIAMI — Air Italy has just closed a very successful first summer season, logging over 90% of average load factor during its first four months of operations.
Having launched services between Milan-Malpensa to New York and Miami in June, the airline reports that both cargo and passenger loads have been better than what initially expected.
“Beginning our new US flights only several months into the launch of our new brand was always going to be challenging, but we were confident of our business model and in the great new product,” said Air Italy’s COO, Neil Mills.
The airline has also said that between June and August, services on the Olbia-Costa Smeralda network has increased to 11 destinations, boosted with the arrival of a second Boeing 737 MAX 8.
According to Ait Italy, between June and September, these routes from Olbia have carried more than 500,000 passengers.
Mills continued by expressing sheer gratitude to the passengers that have used Air Italy over the Summer.
“Having now carried more than 500,000 passengers to and from Sardinia and achieved, on the new US routes, load factors of more than 90% is clearly, therefore, a testament to that conviction, and we are extremely grateful to our passengers for supporting us so wholeheartedly.”
Mills then turned to what the future holds for the carrier and what is on offer to their regular customers going forward.
“As we now turn eastwards with our recent launch of Bangkok just last Sunday and our imminent launches to Delhi and Mumbai on October 28 and 30, we are equally confident as we balance our network, induct more new aircraft into the fleet and continue to enhance our product and service offering.”
Air Italy inaugurated its third international destination in less than five months after it launched operations to New York (JFK) and Miami (MIA) from its new hub in Milan-Malpensa (MXP).
The new non-stop flight to Bangkok (BKK) is running four times per week (Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays), increasing to five times during winter season (starting October 28, 2018).
Upgrades for the 2018/2019 Season
Air Italy has announced that starting from December 1, the Milan-New York service will increase to six weekly flights (from the current five).
The Milan-Miami service, which was originally conceived as a summer seasonal flight, will also be upgrading to five weekly flights, year-round.
Over the summer, New York will operate daily, Miami four times weekly and Bangkok five times per week.
Africa, according to the airline, is also becoming a market of significant importance.
Flights to Accra and Lagos will be doubled from two to four per week while Cairo and Dakar will be served five times per week.
All flights to Africa will be operated with the airline’s new Boeing 737 MAX 8s, starting from January 2019.
On the domestic front, it’s speculated that the airline will launch new flights to Puglia and Cagliari. However, formal confirmations are yet to be heard from the airline’s headquarters in Milan.
Next year, more North American destinations are expected to be announced by Air Italy, with the current active destinations intended to operate daily.
With the opening up of the airline’s Summer 2019 schedule to the public, Air Italy is offering more than 160,000 seats on flights to Miami and New York as well as 74,000 on the Bangkok service.
Reportedly, the airline is looking to establish an interline and code share agreement with British Airways and Iberia at the Milan-Malpensa hub.
As far as the Boeing 787-8s are concerned, there are rumors that the planes are slightly delayed by two or three months.
Overall, it has been a terrific start for Air Italy. As the airline’s CEO told Airways back in June, it’s up to them to keep the load factors as high as possible, also during the “more difficult” winter season.