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Apr 18th, 2012, 07:02 PM
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Alitalia Returning to LAX on May 1, 2012

Alitalia nonstop flights between LAX and FCO resume on Tuesday, May 1, 2012, through mid-November.

NOTE: Alitalia is cramming more seats onto its newly reconfigured Boeing 777-200s:

From Alitalia's official seating charts, it appears that the newly reconfigured 777-200s will have 10-across seating in economy class (3-4-3) instead of 9-across (3-3-3). There will be a total of 239 economy seats. (Alitalia is not the only operator which has increased the number of seats per row on its 777s).

Economy-Plus will have 8-across (2-4-2), for a total of 24 seats.

Magnifica Class will have 30 fully-reclining (180 degrees) seats.

http://corporate.alitalia.it/it/group/fleet/b777.htm

It also appears that a few flights between LAX and FCO, at least in May, will utilize the smaller and more modern Airbus 330-200s, with 28 Magnifica, 21 Economy-Plus (2-3-2 across) and 181 Economy (2-4-2 across) seats.

http://corporate.alitalia.it/it/group/fleet/a330az.htm

NOTE: The seating charts on www.seatguru.com don't show the new configurations.

Frequency will be as follows:

May: 3 weekly flights
June: 5 weekly flights
July/September: daily flights
October: 4 weekly flights
November: 3 weekly flights through November 14

Alitalia's nonstop flights will be the fastest transportation between Southern California and Rome.
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Apr 18th, 2012, 07:27 PM
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You fly Alitalia at your own risk.
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Apr 19th, 2012, 07:38 AM
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I'm flying Alitalia in May from BOS. Why is flying Alitalia at your own risk?
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Apr 19th, 2012, 12:25 PM
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I'm flying Alitalia in October from BOS. Ditto.
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Apr 19th, 2012, 02:00 PM
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Robert2533 may be referring to Alitalia's chronic, long-term, bankruptcy/near-bankruptcy status. The airline also seems to have one of if not the worst reputation for frequent strikes or slowdowns in one category of employees or another.
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May 1st, 2012, 01:35 PM
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Alitalia Flight 620 arrived at LAX today from FCO at 13:07, or 13 minutes early.
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May 6th, 2012, 04:30 PM
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Today, Alitalia (for the first time in history), operated the Airbus 330-200 from FCO to LAX and back to FCO.

The return flight took off from LAX five minutes late (at 15:50), and is scheduled to touch down at FCO tomorrow at 12:20, making for a total airborne flight time of 11 hours, 30 minutes.

The larger Boeing 777-200ER makes the trip in a few minutes less time.

This may have been a test flight for the smaller and newer Airbus, since future flights on this route all appear to utilize the 777. Perhaps Alitalia wanted to test the Airbus on this route with the possibility of using it during timeframes when passenger load is lighter? Or testing it with the intention of using it in the future to SFO?
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May 6th, 2012, 05:10 PM
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I'm convinced now, more than ever, that every flight on every airline is a truly unique experience: they're late, they're on-time; they're in bankruptcy protection (and everybody here is saying "I told you so"); they're out of bankruptcy protection; the service is great; the service is terrible; "I'll NEVER fly them again;" "I'll always fly them again." they land; they crash on the way.
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