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Emirates and ITA Airways Forge Expanded Codeshare Partnership

Italy, and beyond, Emirates and ITA Airways have formalized an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to elevate their existing interline agreement into a full-fledged codeshare partnership.

This collaboration, announced today in Berlin, aims to provide customers with increased connectivity and seamless travel experiences.

The MoU sets the stage for a strengthened partnership between Emirates and ITA Airways, offering travelers convenient one-stop connections to popular cities across Italy and wider Europe. By leveraging each other’s networks, the airlines aim to optimize routes, schedules, and connections, ultimately enhancing the travel experience for their customers.

Adnan Kazim, Deputy President and Chief Commercial Officer of Emirates Airline, emphasized the importance of expanding partnerships, particularly in key regions like Europe.

He highlighted the commitment to providing customers with flexibility and access to complementary networks through partnerships with airlines like ITA Airways.

Chairman of ITA Airways, Antonino Turicchi, expressed delight in signing the codeshare partnership with Emirates, marking a significant milestone in the company’s growth strategy. He emphasized the benefits of connectivity via Rome Fiumicino and Dubai, providing passengers with enhanced travel options and convenience.

Under the planned codeshare, Emirates customers will enjoy seamless access to a range of domestic cities in Italy from Rome, including popular destinations like Florence, Genoa, and Palermo, as well as connections to various European cities.

Similarly, ITA Airways customers will gain access to Emirates’ extensive route network from Dubai via Rome, facilitating smoother connections and travel experiences.

The agreement also aims to introduce combined ticketing and seamless baggage transfers, streamlining the travel process for passengers. Furthermore, reciprocal loyalty benefits on both airlines’ frequent flyer programs are anticipated at a later stage, enhancing the value proposition for frequent travelers.

Upon obtaining necessary government and regulatory approvals, the codeshare flights will be progressively made available to customers through online platforms and travel agencies.

Emirates has been serving Italy since 1992, currently operating 41 weekly flights between Dubai and its four Italian gateways: Rome, Milan, Venice, and Bolonga, utilizing a mix of Boeing 777s and Airbus A380s.

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