Alitalia's last Miami flight with an MD
-11 took off on 30 November. When it landed in Milan the next morning, it was the last ever Alitalia MD
-11 passenger service. For December there is the downgrade (and the likely oversold flights, since a 767 is way too small for the market) to the 767 until they can get a 777 on the route, which is, as mentioned, 1 January 2004.
Alitalia's Miami flight is an excellent performer for them. Italians represent the largest European immigrant group in Miami, with over 200,000 Italians in South Florida, and more than 40,000 of them were born there. Though the reason that the flight is profitable for Alitalia is not high loads and oversold flights (which don't equate to a profit), but because of profitable cargo yields and high premium class demand, both thanks to the fashion industry. That is why MIA
is getting the 777 over markets with even stronger Italian ties, like Boston.