Original news was published 18 April, 2018
From April 24 onwards, the new agreement between Doha-based airline Qatar Airways and Italy’s carrier Air Italy is set to take off.
Qatar Airways informs, “The new agreement provides codeshares on Air Italy’s routes between major aviation hub Milan-Malpensa Airport and six domestic cities across Italy - Catania (CTA), Rome (FCO), Naples (NAP), Olbia (OLB), Palermo (PMO) and Calabria (SUF). The agreement also consists of Air Italy’s route between Rome Fiumicino Airport and Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport (OLB).”
From April 24, Air Italy will also offer codeshare flights on all of Qatar Airways’ Italy to Doha services along with two further routes on the Qatar Airways network to Singapore and Male.
Qatar Airways started flying to Italy in 2002 with a service from Doha to Milan. A year later, the airline launched direct service to Rome. In 2011, the airline started service to Venice, and in 2016, it expanded its services with a daily flight to Pisa.
In 2017, Qatar Airways acquired 49 percent of AQA Holding, the new parent company of Air Italy. Italy’s long established privately owned airline was previously known as Meridiana, however, in February this year, the airline started with its brand new identity and livery as Air Italy. The new airline aims to acquire 50 aircraft by 2022, and has already committed to receiving 20 brand new Boeing 737-Max aircraft type, starting this month.
Akbar Al Baker, Group chief executive officer, Qatar Airways said: “We are pleased to be announcing this codeshare with the newly-launched Air Italy. This codeshare between Qatar Airways and Air Italy demonstrates the strengthening ties between Italy and Qatar; two countries that share many economic affiliations.”
Qatar Airways Cargo currently offers global customers belly-hold cargo capacity to and from the Italian cities of Milan, Rome, Venice and Pisa. The cargo carrier also operates five Boeing 777 freighters and two Airbus A330 freighters each week to the fashion capital, Milan, taking its combined cargo capacity to Italy to more than 1,100 tonnes each week.
Additionally, it provides twice weekly Boeing 777 freighter service on the Milan-Chicago-Milan route.