As the Official Global Airline Carriers of Expo Milano 2015, Alitalia and Etihad Airways are committed to promoting and facilitating the participation of people from all over the world to Expo. With their integrated network and, together with their partners, the two airlines connect Milan with more than 560 destinations across the world, providing convenience to the eight million visitors that are expected to travel to Milan for Expo. In addition, Alitalia and Etihad Airways fly two Airbus A330 aircraft with a special Expo Milano 2015 livery, promoting the messages of this global event to a large global audience.
Alitalia - Società Aerea Italiana is Italy’s largest airline and commenced operations on January 1, 2015 after acquiring the operational activities of Alitalia - Compagnia Aerea Italiana, now named CAI. CAI has a 51% controlling stake in Alitalia and the remaining 49% of shares are owned by Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates. As part of its 2014-2015 winter schedule, Alitalia flies to 83 destinations, including 26 Italian and 57 international destinations, with a total of 123 routes and 3,650 weekly flights. Alitalia boasts one of the most modern and efficient fleets in the world with an average age of seven years. It is a member of the SkyTeam alliance and is part of the Transatlantic Joint Venture alongside Air France-KLM and Delta Air Lines. Alitalia, together with airberlin, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles, Etihad Airways, Etihad Regional operated by Darwin Airline, Jet Airways and NIKI, also participates in Etihad Airways Partners, which brings together like-minded airlines to offer customers more choice through improved networks and schedules and enhanced frequent flyer benefits. Alitalia and Etihad Airways have been named Official Global Airline Carriers of Expo Milano 2015. This choice reaffirms Alitalia’s important and strategic role as an infrastructural asset in Italy’s development and its commitment to travel and tourism, as well as showing the Italian renowned cuisine, fashion, design and art globally. Alitalia and Expo 2015 share the same values and vision: the pursuit of excellence, style and elegance typical of the “Made in Italy” brand.
About Etihad Airways
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, was set up by Royal (Amiri) Decree in July 2003 and has become one of the fastest growing airlines in the history of commercial aviation.The airline has received a range of awards that reflect its position as one of the world’s leading premium airline brands, including ‘World’s Leading Airline’ at the World Travel Awards for six consecutive years.Etihad Airways’ main business is the international air transportation of passengers, but it also operates Etihad Cargo, Etihad Holidays, and a global contact centre organisation as part of its commercial group.From its Abu Dhabi base the airline flies to 111 existing or announced passenger and cargo destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and the Americas. In Italy, Etihad Airways operates daily flights from both Milan and Rome to Abu Dhabi, connecting onwards with destinations across the globe. The airline also codeshares on partner Alitalia’s flights between Abu Dhabi and the Italian cities of Rome, Milan and Venice, as well as 15 of Alitalia’s domestic routes from Rome Fiumicino Airport, offering extensive access to and from Italy. Through Etihad Airways’ vast international route network, the airline will play a leading role in promoting Expo 2015 to a global audience, focusing on key markets across the Gulf region, Australia, Asia, and the Indian Subcontinent. Etihad Airways’ fleet comprises 110 Airbus and Boeing aircraft, and more than 200 aircraft on firm order, including 70 Boeing 787s, 25 Boeing 777-X, 62 Airbus A350s and nine Airbus A380s.
Etihad and Alitalia in EXPO: Connecting the World
Ideas have the power to change the world. Expo 2015 offers a unique opportunity to bring a subject to the forefront and engage the world through education, the exchange of knowledge, inspiring people to take action. Expo 2015 attracts a wide range of individuals from different continents, cultures and beliefs. It is this diverse background that will broaden perspectives and open the conversation to incorporate a wide range of angles to enrich the discourse about food and energy sustainability.
Etihad Airways and Alitalia are Official Global Airline Carriers of Expo Milan 2015. Under the theme Connecting the World, Etihad Airways and Alitalia are committed to increasing the participation at Expo, both physically and virtually. By increasing the frequency of our flights and the routes covered, by offering competitive rates, and by providing additional services to accommodate the needs of Expo, Etihad and Alitalia hope to, not only make it possible for people to attend, but also to contribute to the experience of participating in such an event. Additionally, Etihad Airways and Alitalia are building a pavilion that will host a Social Hub. The Social Hub will be a dedicated space that will enable participants both present and remote to take part in the conversation and activities being hosted at our pavilion.
Our goal in Expo will be to bring people together, so that the mission of Expo can be achieved successfully. To be a part of this world-changing event, book your flight on: www.alitalia.com
We look forward to welcoming you in Milan!