Steman is correct. Alitalia's B747-200 fleet date back to 1980, with the youngest plane having been delivered
in 1986. This is not old for a 742, in fact, this makes the
742's in Alitalia's fleet among the youngest in service.
Alitalia is not a bad airline. Not a good one either. It is
very hit and miss. The airline has an excellent safety
record. Lousy cabin crew who have no interest or any
concept of customer service, but that is what you get
from employees of a state-sponsored company. Alitalia could be a lot better with a fresher image, more professional cabin and ground staff, and a serious foreign partner. Hopefully, the Skyteam will whip this
dinosaur into shape.