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DECEMBER NEWS BULLETIN
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COMPANY UPDATE

On December 12th, Alitalia's Chief Business Officer, Fabio Maria Lazzerini, met with the press in New York to present an overview of Alitalia's 2018 results and milestones, and to announce the opening of the new nonstop flight from Washington, DC to Rome in May 2019.

2018 has been a remarkable year of record growth for Alitalia, as we continue to head in the right direction: our passenger revenues grew +7.1% year to date November, and cargo revenues increased by 9.7%. November's latest results reaffirm the positive trend recorded in the past months: passenger revenues increased +8.3% compared to previous year, an increase driven by a strong performance in our international and intercontinental networks. Cargo revenues also showed a +17.1% growth in November compared to the same month last year. Our year to date on-time performance is 83.1%, and we confirm our position among the top European carriers for on-time performance. Baggage handling reflected a 98.6% delivery success rate.
 
 
NETWORK - NEW NONSTOP SERVICE WASHINGTON TO ROME

On May 2nd, Alitalia will begin year-round nonstop service from Washington (IAD) to Rome (FCO). The new service will operate 5 weekly flights (Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) by Airbus 330 aircraft in three classes of service: Magnifica - our long-haul business class, Premium Economy and Economy. The new flight's schedule is designed to provide convenient connections to the main cities in Italy, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. View schedule.
 
 
PRODUCT AND SERVICE - BEST AIRLINE CUISINE FOR THE NINTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR

For the ninth consecutive year, Alitalia received the award for "Best Airline Cuisine" by the readers of GLOBAL TRAVELER's 15th ANNUAL GT TESTED READER SURVEY AWARDS for its onboard meal service. And for the 1st time we received the award for our seat in Magnifica, Alitalia's long-haul business class. Readers selected the comfort of Magnifica's lie-flat seats upholstered in Poltrona Frau leather and equipped with massage function as "Best Business-Class Seat Design".

The awards reflect Alitalia's commitment to the continuous improvement of its onboard services and dining experience. Our food and beverage offerings are consistently revisited to deliver the highest quality prepared in the tradition of Italian cuisine. In Magnifica class, menus are designed in collaboration with Gambero Rosso, the world's authority on Italian food and wine. In Economy, the new menus are completely prepared in Italy and reflect the flavors of the best Italian gastronomic tradition.
 
 
 
POLICY AND PROCEDURES - TEHRAN CANCELLATION

As of December 31, 2018, Alitalia will be suspending its service to/from Rome (FCO) to Tehran (IKA). Exception guidelines for your passengers are available at Travel Exceptions/IKA. Please be reminded that all Alitalia travel exception guidelines are available at alitaliaagent.com/travel-exceptions.
 
 
DECEMBER WEBINAR WINNER

The lucky winner of two economy class tickets to Rome for attending our December – What's New with Alitalia webinar is Judith Wolfe from All Direct Travel. Congratulations to Judith!

Stay tuned for our upcoming webinars and for your chance to win two tickets to Rome. A recording of all webinars can be viewed on alitaliaagent.com.

WISHING OUR TRAVEL PARTNERS HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND A PEACEFUL 2019.
 
 
   
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