Cutting the ribbon for the inauguration of Alitalia’s new service to Abu Dhabi in Rome were the airline’s VP Alliances & Network Agreeements, Andrea Tucci; Marco Malato, Ethiad Airways’ GM South Europe; and Sergio Berlenghi, AdR’s Head of Aviation Commercial Department.
Cake ceremony in honour of Alitalia’s inaugural service to Abu Dhabi was performed by Sheikha Lubna Bint Khalid Al Qasimi, UAE Minister for Foreign Trade; Giorgio Starace, the Italian Ambassador to the UAE; and senior executives from Etihad Airways, Alitalia and ADAC. Andrea Tucci, Alitalia’s VP Alliances & Network Agreements, said: “This new route strengthens the partnership between Alitalia and Etihad Airways, developed in December 2009 with a code-sharing agreement.”
- Alitalia inaugurated flights on the 4,300-kilometre route from Rome Fiumicino (FCO) to Abu Dhabi (AUH), which has been the only unserved MEB3-airport without direct services to the Eternal City (flights to both Dubai and Doha are served by the respective hub carriers). Beginning on 1 December, Alitalia deploys one of its A330s to provide four-weekly frequencies on the route.