I’m not sure how useful this necessarily is, but it’s a damn good fare. Meridiana was recently rebranded as Air Italy, after Qatar Airways took over a 49% stake in the airline. The airline is getting an overhaul, and over the coming years will get 30 Boeing 787s, as Qatar Airways hopes to turn Air Italy into Italy’s national airline.
While Meridiana has flown from Naples and Palermo to New York for years (I even flew them last summer, and had a pleasant flight, despite them using an ancient 767 for the route), as of this spring the airline will be based out of Milan, and operate flights to New York and Miami.
At the moment they have some insane business class fares from Cairo to New York. Specifically, they have one-way business class fares of under $400, and roundtrip fares of $600. That’s crazy.
The problem is the limited potential to earn miles here. Air Italy isn’t part of oneworld (though Qatar Airways wants them to join), so the opportunity to earn miles is limited. Meridiana has partnered with British Airways Executive Club, so you should be able to earn 125% Avios in business class for these fares, though the miles flown won’t count towards earning elite status.
In terms of what you can expect onboard, Air Italy is using ex-Qatar Airways Airbus A330s for these flights, featuring business class seats with a mild angle. This is certainly a big improvement over what Meridiana used to offer.
While Cairo consistently has excellent business class fares, this is even lower than anything I recall seeing, so it is worth pointing out. Like I said, I’m not sure how worthwhile it is, though.
Anyone plan to take advantage of these amazing Air Italy business class fares?
(Tip of the hat to God Save The Points)