Alitalia launched a five times weekly service between Rome Fiumicino and Washington Dulles on 2 May. Pictured cutting the route launch cake are Yil Surehan, VP Airline Business Development, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority; Armando Varricchio, Ambassador of Italy to the US; and Fabio Lazzerini, Chief Business Officer, Alitalia.
- Alitalia launched its latest US route on 2 May, adding Washington Dulles (IAD) to its network. The SkyTeam member will operate a five times weekly service from Rome Fiumicino (FCO) using its fleet of A330-200s. Competition on the 7,228-kilometre transatlantic route comes from United Airlines. The Star Alliance member is operating the airport pair daily this summer using 767-400s according to OAG schedules. “Alitalia’s service to Rome is especially important to meet the needs of the business community and the Italian-American community, who have long expressed support for additional service throughout much of the year,” commented Yil Surehan, VP Airline Business Development, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, about the arrival of the Italian flag carrier. “The inauguration of a non-stop flight operated by Alitalia between Rome and Washington represents another positive development in growing bilateral relations between Italy and the US,” added Armando Varricchio, Ambassador of Italy to the US.