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Alitalia Thoughts?

Fri May 18, 2001 4:50 am

I'm taking a flight on Alitalia from JFK to Rome. I was wondering if anyone had any thoughts? I heard they weren't great (lost luggage, etc.), not sure if that's due to the state ownership or anything else? Hopefully, at least, there might be some cute F/A's...

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RE: Alitalia Thoughts?

Fri May 18, 2001 11:59 pm

I flew their 767 in Magnifica class from EWR to Rome, and from Milan to EWR. Service is fantastic, food is comparable to a five star restaurant, seats are great, FAs are charming, friendly. I did not like Malpensa airport, but Da Vinci in Rome is efficient and airy and stylish.
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RE: Alitalia Thoughts?

Sat May 19, 2001 6:59 am


I still recall some events long time ago regarding ALITALIA. I flew 4 times with them, first time in 1983 from Rome to Athens in their B. 727-200 ADV, then from Madrid to Rome in a MD82, then from Rome to Milan in a A300B4 and finnally from Milan to Lisbon in a MD83. It was a normal experience, I can't say that they're the best, but they're not the worst, decent flights, decent crews. I also had the chance to vist the cockpit from Milan to Lisbon, I asked the F/A if I could visit the cockpit, she said yes and I asked the Cap. if we will be landing in Lisbopn R/N 03 or 36, then he asked if I was a pilot, I said I was not but I was an enthusiast and we chat a little bit and finnally I gave the information that we would land in R/N 03 passing over the bridge. I was a great time, here go the registrations of the planes I flew in all these ocasions:


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RE: Alitalia Thoughts?

Tue May 22, 2001 12:57 am

Hi, I flew them from London - Venice about 2 years ago. I don't think that they are anything special - On the way I was siting in a very cramped seeting part (right at the back) and the food really was not nice - dry bread and butter with some fruit. It probably did not help that the weather was awful and the turbelence was very bad - oh well. On the way back I was siting just behind 1st class - very nice - big seets and great views. Have a nice trip, Tim
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RE: Alitalia Thoughts?

Tue May 22, 2001 1:10 am

I had two trips with them last week, FRA-LIN in a MD82 in Prima Business Class, which was on European standards, and unlike many other European airlines, had real business seats. The other flight was FCO-VCE, one class service, but still seated in a business seat, with adequate service for a domestic flight. Both flights were on-time, and flight attendants friendly. FCO has also become a nice airport. All in all, I think they're better than their rep.

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Mon May 28, 2001 10:38 pm

I flew economy class from Rome to Toronto a few years ago in a full 747-200 and it was fine. We had a choice of meals, a kit with toothbrush, a mask to cover our eyes with, small soft shoes to take off yours and normal inflight entertainment.
I have also flown Alitalia from Madrid to Rome, Milano Linate, Milano Malpensa and Venice without a single delay or anything and a fair service.
As for F/A's, Alitalia has a higher proportion of men than other airlines (this is a fact many times ascertained).
As for luggages, bear in mind that airports in Italy are privately managed and that a lost luggage is not always alitalia's or any other airline's fault.
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RE: Alitalia Thoughts?

Thu May 31, 2001 5:02 am

You may have gone already, but in case you didn't, I flew the same route over the past two weeks. I left on 5/16 and came back on 5/26. Both flights were 747-200's in coach class. I wound up on the aisle in the middle section (29D going and 34D coming home). The seat pitch is kind of tight in coach, at least for someone over 6 feet like myself. Service and food were OK, but not great. The movies were recent, but all of the other shorts were things like the Flintstones, Tom and Jerry cartoons, even old black and white Zoro shows from the late 1950's. They also had Animal Planet and that Australian nut who wrestles every animal that moves. The flights were smooth, hardly any turbulence at all, although the landing back at JFK was a bit on the hard side. Between the movies and shows, they have a moving map display to show where you are along the flight route and a text display that shows groundspeed, altitude, outside airtemp,etc. It is all in meters and kilometers, so bring a calculator if your a foot and inch kind of person. As for cute F/A's, unless your a girl (or a non-homophobic male), you'll find that most are male and married, at least on the flights that I was on. Overall, sort of a tale of two cities flight; "It wasn't the best of flights, it wasn't the worst of flights".

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