Alitalia’s Rome Fiumicino to Beijing
The inaugural Alitalia flight from Rome Fiumicino to Beijing on 18 July was commemorated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Italian airport by: Head of Aviation Marketing Development of Aeroporti di Roma, Fausto Palombelli; Alitalia’s CEO Cramer Ball; Heritage, Arts and Tourism Minister, Dario Franceschini; Actress Maria Grazia Cucinotta; and the Deputy Mayor of Fiumicino, Anna Maria Anselmi.
- Alitalia began non-stop flights on 18 July from Rome Fiumicino (FCO) to Beijing (PEK) after a three-year absence on the route between the two capital cities. The 8,143-kilometre sector will be served four times weekly by the SkyTeam carrier’s A330-200 fleet. Speaking at the inaugural flight ceremony, the airline’s latest CEO, Cramer Ball, said: “We have introduced a trio of new intercontinental routes from Rome in 2016 and today’s new service to Beijing joins the recently launched destinations of Santiago and Mexico City, an 8% increase in the number of our long-haul flights we offer. Alitalia is committed totally to the Chinese market and wants to grow its presence in China. The new service to the Chinese capital city is an important investment for Alitalia as part of our strategic growth to serve long-haul destinations for the benefit of business and leisure travellers.” Star Alliance member Air China will compete on the airport pair, with its existing daily operation. In total Alitalia now serves 14 long-haul (> 4,500 kilometres) destinations non-stop from Fiumicino. Of these, 11 are in the Americas, while just three are in Asia; Seoul Incheon, Tokyo Narita and now Beijing.