Alitalia is flying back to India after a nine-year absence with a new direct service between Delhi and Rome operated every day for the whole winter season until 24 March 2018. The first flight from Rome took off on 29 October 2017, while the inaugural flight from Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi took off on 30 October 2017.
Passengers will feel they’ve already arrived in Italy upon boarding Alitalia’s 250-seat Airbus
A330 operating the flight, equipped with exclusive Made in Italy amenities and completely refurbished cabin interiors to reflect Italian elegance and style. ‘Magnifica’ business class guests can relax in luxurious Italian brand Poltrona Frau leather seats that fully recline to a comfortable flatbed position, and enjoy award-winning onboard dining featuring the best of Italian regional fine dining menu which has won the prestigious “Best Airline Cuisine” award from the American magazine “Global Traveler”.
The onboard menu features the best of Italian regional food accompanied by wines from the country’s best estates and the “Ferrari Trento DOC” sparkling wines. Alitalia’s new ‘dine anytime’ meal service allows customers to decide when they prefer to eat. After their meal, business class passengers will also have the chance to choose from a special coffee menu, offering three different blends of espresso selected for Alitalia by the famous Italian brand Lavazza. Furthermore, all classes feature onboard Wi-Fi connectivity for phone calls, Internet and e-mail.
The schedule of the new service is the following:
Passengers departing from Delhi, upon arriving at Rome Fiumicino airport will benefit from easy connections to 39 cities in Italy, Europe, North Africa and the Americas served by Alitalia including cultural capitals (such as Florence, Pisa, Venice, Paris) and many more (such as four US destinations, New York, Boston, Los Angeles and Miami, as well as Havana and Sao Paulo). Guests from Delhi with connections to other cities will have a Transit Team to assist them and ensure they reach their next departure gate on time.
The departure schedule of the flight from Rome is ideal for Alitalia passengers to connect to many other cities across India, such as Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Jaipur and Bangalore thanks to special agreements between Alitalia and Jet Airways, as well as with other major
Indian airlines. Members of Alitalia’s MilleMiglia loyalty programme can earn and redeem miles on the new service.
New ties between India and Italy
The decision to launch this new service between Delhi and Rome was taken to meet the increasing demand for flights between the two countries: Italy, in fact, is the second European country, after Great Britain, for arrivals from India. In 2015 over 426,000 travelers from India arrived in Italy, recording a growth of 49.7% versus the previous year (source: Italian National Statistical Institute). The new Alitalia’s direct flight is also an important opportunity to strengthen trade relations between India and Italy. With an exchange of 7.5 billion euros in
2016, Italy is the fifth economic partner of India among the EU countries and those data have great potential for growth (source: Italian Foreign Ministry).