Alitalia has just announced that they’ll be launching a new flight to Washington Dulles as of May 2, 2019.
Alitalia will launch 5x weekly flights between Rome and Washington Dulles as of next spring. The flight will have the following schedule (the flight doesn’t operate on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in either direction):
AZ618 Rome to Washington Dulles departing 9:30AM arriving 1:30PM
AZ619 Washington Dulles to Rome departing 4:15PM arriving 7:00AM (+1 day)
The flight will cover a distance of 4,495 miles in each direction, and is blocked at 8hr45min eastbound and 10hr westbound.
Alitalia intends to use an Airbus A330-200 for the route, featuring 20 business class seats, 17 premium economy seats, and 219 economy seats. Alitalia has fully flat staggered seats in business class, featuring direct aisle access.
This new flight is now bookable, and according to ExpertFlyer, award availability is wide open in both business and economy (Alitalia uses the “Z” and “U” codes for these awards, respectively).
However, I don’t yet see award availability on the websites of Air France-KLM or Delta. I suspect that’s just because these flights have only just now become bookable, and it may take a while for these seats to show up online. They should be bookable by phone, though.
Alitalia’s current US gateways include Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, and New York, so this will be Alitalia’s sixth US gateway.
Would I feel comfortable booking this flight, given Alitalia’s financial situation? Yes and no. I do still think the airline will be in business next summer, given that the Italian government refuses to let the airline die. They’re seeking out investors, and Delta is apparently interested in acquiring a stake in the airline.
I’m confident that the airline will still be in business, even if it shouldn’t be. What I’m not as convinced about is that they won’t have some sort of strategy shift, which could put this route in jeopardy.
Still, I’d feel mostly comfortable booking this route, and Alitalia does have a solid business class product.
Does anyone plan on taking Alitalia’s new flight between Rome and Washington? Would you feel comfortable booking an Alitalia flight next summer?