Itay’s flag carrier, Alitalia will begin flights between its home in Rome Fiumicino and Washington Dulles as of May 2, 2019 with five weekly frequencies.
The outbound flight AZ618 will depart Fiumicino airport at 9:30 a.m. local time, reaching Washington Dulles at 13:30 local time. The aircraft will be then departing Dulles at 16:00 as AZ619 and arrive back in Rome at 7 a.m. the following morning, according to a press release from the carrier. Flights will operate on Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays on a year-round basis.
Jack Potter, President and CEO of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which oversees Dulles and Reagan airports, commemorated the route’s announcement in a statement saying, “Alitalia’s newly announced year-round service to Rome, further enhances the connectivity and choice available for business travellers and tourists in both sides of the Atlantic.” Alitalia is set to become the second operator on the route alongside United.
The new flight will be operated using the airline’s A330-200, featuring a total of 249 seats in a three class layout. Magnifica business class includes 19 seats in a staggered 1-2-1 configuration with all aisle access. Behind the curtain, premium economy features 17 seats in a 2-3-2 configuration with 38 inches of peach, while economy is made by 213 seats in the type’s standard 2-4-2 arrangement with an above average pitch of 32 inches.
Washington is set to become Alitalia’s sixth destination in the U.S., after New York-JFK, Los Angeles, Miami, Boston, and Chicago. The carrier also offers additional connections through their transatlantic joint venture with fellow Skyteam alliance members Delta and Air France-KLM as well as Virgin Atlantic. Together they manage 25 percent of the capacity between Europe and North America, with more than 250 daily transatlantic flights.
At the time of writing, flights are yet to be loaded on Alitalia’s website and search engines.