Newly rebranded Air Italy plans to increase frequencies this winter on its new long-haul network because of strong demand.

Recently announced 4X-weekly Milan Malpensa-Bangkok (Thailand) service will begin Sept. 9, becoming 5X-weekly from Oct. 29.

Milan-New Delhi (India) services, which begins Oct 28, has already increased from 5X- to 6X-weekly services.

COO Neil Mills said in a statement: “As we are also opening up our winter inventory for our 4X-weekly Milan-Miami flights, which launched June 8, we are already running at a load factor of over 80%.” 

Air Italy operates the Airbus A330-200 on long-haul routes, offering 24 seats in business class and 228 in economy.

Air Italy is owned by AQA Holding and Qatar Airways, which took a 49% share in the Italian carrier in late 2017.

Qatar Airways Group CEO Akbar Al Baker told ATW that Air Italy should become successful “in the next three years.” He added: “We gave them 20 brand new [Boeing] 737 MAX and 30 787s initially. Then we can deploy bigger aircraft like 777s and A350s.”

Air Italy operates two Airbus A330-200s, two 737 MAXs, eight 737NGs and three 767-300s. By year-end, the fleet will be renewed with three 737 MAXs and five A330-200s, replacing all 767s.

Kurt Hofmann, hofmann.aviation@netway.at