MIAMI — Alitalia has announced Havana as its newest destination, set to start on November 29 with a twice a week service on Tuesdays and Saturdays, and flown with the airline’s 293-seat Boeing 777-200ERs.

This is the fourth new long-haul destination started by the Italian carrier during this year, following the launch to Santiago de Chile, Mexico City and Beijing.

Alitalia will now operate six Latin American routes and a total of 12 in the Americas, consolidating its leadership on the transatlantic routes from Italy.

“Tourism and business in Cuba have great growth prospects for Italians and this new service to this wonderful island will go towards fulfilling that ambition,” said Cramer Ball, CEO, Alitalia. According to him, the new service to Cuba confirms “Alitalia’s strategy to build our long-haul network of intercontinental flights to give Italians greater opportunities to travel further afield for both leisure and business.”

Alitalia is Italy’s largest airline, now partially owned by Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates. Since the acquisition, the carrier is focused on a three-year plan to regain profitability by 2017, while enhancing its network, branding and cabin products, as well as improving its cooperation with partner airlines in the SkyTeam global alliance and Etihad Airline Partners.