The launch of Etihad Airways’ daily Abu Dhabi–Rome flights is “the next step in a burgeoning relationship with Italy,” according to president and CEO James Hogan, speaking in Rome Wednesday. Etihad is in the final stages of taking a 49% stake in Italian flag carrier Alitalia. The Abu Dhabi-based airline began its new Rome service Tuesday, using a 262-seat, two-class Airbus A330-200. Alitalia already operates a 5X-weekly service between the two ...

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