Alitalia and Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, have been nominated Offical Global Airline Carriers for Expo 2015. Both companies, which have announced in the past few days this much sought after financial partnership, will guarantee 100 daily flights to and from Milan, connected to 866 destinations in the world, for the whole duration of the Universal Exhibition.
Gabriele Del Torchio, CEO of Alitalia, declared: "Expo 2015 will be an opportunity not to be missed for our Country and we could not have missed the appointment. It makes us very proud that Alitalia has been choosen by Expo as Official Global Airline Carrier together with our colleagues from Etihad Airways. The values and vision of Expo are the same for Alitalia: research for excellency, style and elegance which are typical of Made in Italy together with our famous food, fashion, design and art is what we commit to show to the world. We are delighted to work with Etihad Airways to favour connections and travels of visitors from around the world towards what will be the event of 2015."
Even James Hogan, President and CEO of Etihad Airways is satisfied: "Italy is a strategic market for Etihad Airways and the collaboration with Alitalia, as Official Global Airline Carrier for Expo 2015, is a natural extension of our agreement of cosharing which already exists. Italian style is already very present in Etihad Airways: from the collaboration with fashion designer Ettore Bilotta for the uniforms of our staff to that of the luxury furniture producer Poltrona Frau for our lounges and for the first class suites, up to the reclutement of Italian top chefs."
Giuseppe Sala, General Director of Expo 2015 Spa explained: "Having the support of a composite and operative asset on a worldwide level is thus a fundamental condition to reach our target. The partnership with Alitalia and Etihad goes towards this direction. The initiatives that from now and throughout the whole period of the Universal Exhibition will be offered will have a double value: on the one hand they will be an important vehicle of promotion of the event, and on the other they will make easier all travel towards and from Milan, contributing in this way to give the best welcome to who arrives in our Country to take part in the event that we are organising."