MIAMI — Italy’s newest airline is ready to launch long-haul flights under its new callsign, new colors, and recently acquired Airbus A330-200 to New York (JFK) and Miami (MIA).
Air Italy flights to the US will begin on June 1 to JFK and June 8 to MIA.
As the Italian carrier initiates its long-haul adventure under Qatar Airways’ watch, Airways will test its new premium service on both inaugural flights from New York and to Miami.
The Doha-based carrier purchased 49% of Meridiana’s shares back in February this year, then transforming the airline into Air Italy.
Qatar Airways not only invested in the small Italian airline; it also boosted its operations by leasing them five Airbus A330s, which will initiate Air Italy’s international expansion while 30 factory-fresh Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners are assembled and delivered from Boeing’s plant in Everett.
The first ex-Qatar Airways Airbus A330-200 (EI-GFX • MSN 571) was delivered to Air Italy on May 17, right after the plane was towed out of the painting hangar in Dublin, Ireland, sporting a fresh livery.
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The remaining four A330s will arrive in the upcoming months.
On top of these wide-body planes, 20 Boeing 737 MAX 8s will join the Italian airline to boost its domestic and regional networks through 2022, replacing the aging 737NGs in the airline’s fleet.
The first 737 MAX was officially delivered at Boeing’s Delivery Center in Paine Field Airport (PAE) on May 11, arriving in Italy the following morning.
Since then, Air Italy has deployed the aircraft on several domestic runs numerous times per day, including trips from MXP to Naples (NAP), Palermo (PMO), and one hop to Hamburg (HAM).
According to an Air Italy spokesperson, the plane might be deployed on future flights to the airline’s headquarters in Olbia, Sardinia. Airways will also report live from that flight.
Inaugural Flight To New York
The first A330 will then be deployed on the airline’s inaugural trip to JFK on June 1, under flight IG901, departing Milan-Malpensa (MXP) at 13:10, arriving in JFK at 16:00.
The return flight from JFK will depart at 20:30 under the callsign IG902, arriving the following morning at 10:35.
Airways will report and produce a full report on the inaugural ceremony and inaugural flight back to MXP.
Through the airline’s website, Air Italy offers its passengers to accrue British Airways/Iberia Avios on all their flights.
Inaugural Flight To Miami
Likewise, Air Italy will deploy its recently-painted A330 on the inaugural MXP-MIA route on June 8.
Flight IG903 will depart MXP at 13:00, arriving in MIA at 17:45. The return flight leaves MIA at 19:45, landing in Milan the following morning at 11:10.
Airways will also cover the inaugural MXP-MIA flight, with reporters both in the air and on the ground.
Flights to Miami are offered four times per week, whereas flights to New York are set to depart on a daily basis.
Stay tuned for more news and follow all Airways social media feeds for live coverage of these events.