Milan, June 12, 2015 – The Italy-Mexico Business Council was held today in Milan at the Institute for International Policy Studies. Presided by Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto and the Italian Council President Matteo Renzi, Alitalia signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Mexican Government aimed at opening a new direct flight from Rome to Mexico City. The agreement signed today outlines the contributions and commitment of the parties aimed toward increasing tourism and economic growth for both countries.
The opening of this new route is made possible by the investment plan that Alitalia implemented which includes a renewal of the long-haul fleet.
The 2nd new Airbus A330 for long-haul flights is now in service, complete with new livery, redesigned interior and upgraded meal service in business class, as well as WiFi connectivity in all class cabins. The first newly styled and liveried A330 was unveiled on June 4th. The addition of these two aircraft has increased the long haul fleet to 24, inclusive of 14 Airbus A330s and 10 Boeing 777s. The business plan forecasts an additional five new planes for long haul routes by 2018.
With the Mexico City agreement, Alitalia reconfirms its commitment to the development of the intercontinental network. Since the beginning of the year the company has already launched four new intercontinental flights to Seoul (from Rome), Shanghai (from Milan) and Abu Dhabi (from Milan Malpensa and Venice, added to the route from Rome). Flights between Rome and Beijing will begin in Fall 2015.
Alitalia's Chief Executive Officer, Silvano Cassano said: "We are very determined in implementing the recovery plan for Alitalia that hinges specifically on the development of the long range.
The flight to Mexico City responds to market demands that appear to be of great interest, both in terms of traditional tourism, business tourism and cargo. We are very proud of the agreement signed today and, with this new route, Alitalia is doubly committed in promoting Mexico as a preferred tourist destination from Italy, while developing Italy as a preferred tourist destination from Mexico