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May 7, 2021
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New direct flights from Alitalia and China Eastern

Alitalia and China Eastern announced new direct flights between Italy and China, launched within the framework of a partnership agreement between the two companies, a press release informs. The new flights will connect Rome with the two main Chinese cities, Beijing, the political capital and Shanghai, the economic capital. Thanks to these new services, Alitalia will strengthen its operations in the Far East (where the Company today is the only carrier offering direct service between Italy and Japan) and China Eastern (one of the most important Asian carriers) will launch its operations on the Italian market. In 2010 China became the second largest economy in the world with a GDP larger than Japan’s. According to IATA, the International Air Transport Association, in the next 3 years China will be the country that will contribute the most to the growth of world air transport traffic with an increase of 214 million passengers out of the total increase of 800 million forecast at the world level. The agreement between the two companies provides for the extension of the code-sharing to the main Italian and Chinese domestic destinations. It also identifies further areas for cooperation in the handling, maintenance and cargo sectors as well as the respective customer loyalty programmes.


Moreover, the cooperation between Alitalia and China Eastern consolidates the SkyTeam alliance’s position on the Asian market.

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