It may be in a financially strapped condition, but Italian air carrier Alitalia has announced plans to begin five nonstop flights per week from Washington Dulles International Airport to Rome starting next spring.
The air carrier will use Airbus A330-200 aircraft, capable of carrying 249 passengers in three-class configuration. Service is slated to start on May 2.
Alitalia Flight 618 will depart Rome’s Fiumicino International Airport on Mondays and Thursdays through Sundays at 9:30 a.m., arriving at Dulles at 1:30 p.m. The return Flight 619 will depart Dulles at 4:15 p.m., arriving in Rome at 7 a.m. the subsequent day.
The proposed service “further enhances the connectivity and choice available for business travelers and tourists on both sides of the Atlantic,” said Jack Potter, CEO of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.
Alitalia can trace its roots to 1946; its most recent incarnation dates to 2015. Last year, the carrier entered the bankruptcy process in Italy after employees rejected a proposal to cut jobs.
Alitalia is a member of the SkyTeam Alliance, which also includes Delta, Air France, KLM and Virgin Atlantic.