Alitalia Adds Beijing And Rio De Janeiro To Network

Italian national carrier Alitalia has expanded its flying network with the addition of flights from Rome to Beijing and Rio de Janeiro earlier this week. Operated by its 3-class Airbus A330-200 aircraft configured with 28 Magnifica, 21 Classica Plus and 181 Classica Class seats, the 2 destinations represent new forays for the airline into the booming Asian and South American markets as it seeks to revitalize and compete with rivals.


Rome – Beijing

Alitalia currently operates on the route 4 times weekly every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The airline will increase the flight frequency to 5 times weekly in October 2011 with an additional Tuesday service.


Flight AZ 790 currently departs Rome at 1540 hrs, arriving in Beijing at 0800 hrs the next day. The return flight, AZ 791, takes off from the Chinese capital at 0955 hrs to land back in Leonardo da Vinci Airport at 1510 hrs.


The route represents Alitalia’s entry to China and builds on synergies with incoming Skyteam member airline China Eastern Airlines. Both carriers already codeshare on flights between Rome and Shanghai, providing the Italian carrier with 2 points in the Asian country.


Rome – Rio de Janeiro

Alitalia has also opened up a nonstop link to Brazil’s second largest city with 3 times weekly services on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. A fourth weekly flight, operated on Mondays, will be added in July 2011.


Flight AZ 672 departs Leonardo da Vinci Airport at 2230 hrs, arriving at Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport at 0540 hrs the next morning. On the return leg, flight AZ 673 takes off from Rio de Janeiro at 1445 hrs to land back in Rome at 0710 hrs the next day.


Rio de Janeiro joins Sao Paolo as Alitalia’s second Brazilian destination, with 11 combined flights from Italy to both cities. Within South America, the carrier also flies to Buenos Aires and Caracas.


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