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Alitalia To Launch PEK  
User currently offlineLIPZ From Austria, joined Jun 2006, 1075 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3958 times:

According to an internal employee newsletter, Alitalia's CEO Rocco Sabelli confirmed today the resumption of service to Beijing after a 10-years hiatus in S11, a year earlier than previously forecasted in the long-term growth plan.
AZ will commence FCO-PEK in June, initially 5 times per week with new A-332. More details to come!
In the meantime new FCO-GIG too will be starting on June 4, route that was announced just a few weeks ago.

Rumors and speculations also abound regarding other potential new long-haul routes to follow in late 2011 or 2012 (among these Shanghai, Seoul, Ho Chi Minh).


For those of you who can understand Italian
http://www.aviazionecivile.com/vb/showthread.php?t=114048&page=3

[Edited 2010-11-13 13:58:57]

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User currently offlineTalaier From Spain, joined May 2008, 490 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3163 times:

I guess PVG is just a matter of time. As to Ho Chi Minh, really how much space is there for AZ given that AF is back on the route?

User currently offlineFly2yyz From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 1046 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3109 times:

Exactly, I think AZ should go for ICN...I mean I think KE has been on that route for a long time already...wouldnt AZ be able to make a go at it?

User currently offlineLIPZ From Austria, joined Jun 2006, 1075 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2995 times:

Quoting Talaier (Reply 1):
I guess PVG is just a matter of time. As to Ho Chi Minh, really how much space is there for AZ given that AF is back on the route?

Yes, as things stand today, PVG is definitely the most concrete rumor as new long-haul destination to follow.
Just 3 days ago AZ's president (Mr Colaninno), speaking from Singapore, told that AZ is looking to start both PEK and PVG in 2011. Here you find the passage (ITA) http://www.borsaitaliana.it/borsa/no...ttaglio.html?newsId=795751&lang=it
Anyway, as for the 1st one it has now been officially confirmed, while we are still waiting for the eventual PVG's confirmation, probably in the upcoming weeks/months.
AZ should also manage to coordinate schedule, frequencies...etc with future SkyTeam's partner - China Eastern Airlines - which is also starting PVG-FCO route next march.

Regarding SGN, frankly, I don't see AZ jumping on it. Instead there is a rumor about a Vietnam Airlines operated-flight (SGN-FCO) codesharing with Alitalia, but this is not much more than a speculation so far.

Quoting Fly2yyz (Reply 2):
Exactly, I think AZ should go for ICN...I mean I think KE has been on that route for a long time already...wouldnt AZ be able to make a go at it?

Well ICN, along with others, was mentioned in the very first stage of new Alitalia C.A.I. as "future destination" to fly to, although this happened just before the global financial crisis hit the whole world from 2008 onward.

In a side note, once NRT's increasing came into effect this month (from 10x to 14x), AZ will also add, by next june, 1 per week more flight to KIX (a total of 5xw).
Seems like AZ is putting finally a new focus on Far East Area.


User currently offlineIndianicWorld From Australia, joined Jun 2001, 2986 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2848 times:

Its a smart move for AZ to try and expand into Asia. I would focus on just 1 Chinese route at this stage though, along with focusing on existing and a couple of other destinations. Slowly opening up new routes, building up FCO as a strong Asian connection hub.

User currently offlinegoldorak From France, joined Sep 2006, 1846 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2688 times:

Quoting Talaier (Reply 1):
As to Ho Chi Minh, really how much space is there for AZ given that AF is back on the route?

SGN is not a new route or a restarted route for AF. They are flying there for years. The new thing is that the flight is now non-stop instead of making a technical stop in BKK.


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