Milan - The new airline operator Air Italy has introduced its first Airbus A330-200, which will allow it to launch daily flights between Milan and New York from June 1st, then Miami a week later.

The first of the five ex-Meridiana A330-200s (MSN 571), from the fleet of its shareholder Qatar Airways, is configured to accommodate 21 passengers in Business class and 223 in Economy (247 seats in total).

The aircraft will carry out its first long-haul flight on June 1st, from its base in Milan-Malpensa to the New York-JFK. Departures are scheduled at 13:10 to arrive at 16:00. Return flights will leave the United States at 20:30 to land the next day at 10:35.

Air Italy will compete on this route with Alitalia, American Airlines, Delta, Emirates and United Airlines.

On June 8, Air Italy will also launch four weekly flights between Malpensa and Miami with its newly arrived A330-200 with departures Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 13:00 to arrive at 17:45. Return flights will leave Florida at 19:45 to arrive the next day at 11:10. American Airlines is the only competitor on this route.

The A330-200 is already used to train crews on domestic routes between Rome and Palermo. Air Italy also plans to serve Havana, Bangkok or Mumbai, as well as Zanzibar in Tanzania, Mombasa in Kenya, Cairo in Egypt, Accra in Ghana, Lagos in Nigeria and Dakar in Senegal.

From 2019, this A330-200 and three Boeing 767-300ER in the fleet will be replaced by thirty 787-9 Dreamliner, which will be provided by Qatar Airways. Air Italy has already taken the possession of the first of the twenty 737 MAX 8 expected.