In its bid to be recognised as a serious player in the Italian aviation industry, Air Italy is launching two services to California. From April 2019, both Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and San Francisco International Airport (SFO) will start hosting Air Italy flights. The flight to San Francisco will be the only direct link from Italy, however, flights already operate between Rome and Los Angeles. The two new routes will be Air Italy’s 3rd and 4th routes to the US behind flights to New York (JFK) and Miami (MIA) airports.
Who Is Air Italy?
Air Italy is a relatively new Italian carrier. In fact, the carrier is one of Simple Flying’s New Airlines To Watch in 2019. Air Italy commenced operations in March and is now Italy’s second largest carrier behind Alitalia. While the airline operates long-haul flights across the world from Accra to Zanzibar, it also operates a number of short-haul flights. This includes 13 domestic destinations. 49% of Air Italy is owned by Qatar Airways who are currently threatening to leave the OneWorld Alliance.
About The New Routes
While both of the new routes being launched by Air Italy will commence in April, one will begin before the other. On April the 3rd, the Milan to Los Angles service will launch. There will be four flights per week departing on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.
- Flight IG943 departs Milan at 1300, arriving in Los Angeles at 1650.
- Flight IG944 departs Los Angeles at 1850, arriving in Milan at 1555 the next day.
The following week flights between Milan and San Francisco will launch on the 10th of April. The flights will operate on a different schedule while departing Milan on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
- Flight IG937 departs Milan at 1335, arriving in San Francisco at 1710.
- Flight IG938 departs San Francisco at 1910, arriving in Milan at 1605 the next day.
Flights Available to Book Now
The two new routes are now available to book. The cheapest one-way fare from Milan to Los Angeles is currently €578, while the San Francisco flights start at €588. You can, however, also use Avios for bookings. Air Italy will operate the flights using A330-200 aircraft. The aircraft reportedly offers 24 lie-flat business seats, in addition to 228 economy seats. The business class cabin is configured as 2-2-2, while the economy cabin is laid out in a 2-4-2 configuration. Both of the new flights are reportedly scheduled to tie up with Air Italy connections in Milan.
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