Alitalia adds strength to long-haul network

New routes to cities in South Korea and China
Alitalia, now an Etihad Airways equity partner, appears to have regained enough strength to rejuvenate its long-haul network. It says it will re-launch flights to South Korea after a 20-year break and has plans to fly to two destinations in China, ATW reports.
Rome-Seoul will resume on June 4. Milan Malpensa–Shanghai will operate as a special service for Expo Milan 2015, which runs from May 1 to October 1. And Rome-Beijing will start by the end of 2015. The Seoul and Shanghai routes will be three times weekly with an Airbus A330.
“This is a major investment aimed at encouraging incoming tourism, which will support Italian exports in the East as well as the city of Milan and Expo 2015. But above all, with these new flights we keep our commitment to revitalise Alitalia by increasing intercontinental flights and destinations,” Alitalia CEO Silvano Cassano said.
[pictured: Alitalia A330-200]

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