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Alitalia Honors Top Performing Partners in Greece

Italy’s flagship carrier Alitalia recently honored its best performing partner travel agents in Greece for their contribution to the growth of the airline in the country.

The awarding ceremony took place during a special event held at the recent Athens Flying Week 2018 airshow held at Tanagra Air Base.

“Through these awards Alitalia wants to acknowledge the efforts of its partners for the promotion of its product,” said the airline’s Country Manager for Greece, Cyprus and Malta, George Athanassiou.

Alitalia Performance Awards 2017

The Performance Awards 2017 were based on the final contribution of three partner travel agents to Alitalia’s sales last year.

  • Best Performing Partner, INTERNATIONAL destinationsAltair Travel

  • Best Performing Partner, INTERCONTINENTAL destinations – E-Travel

Sneak preview of new Alitalia uniforms

During the event, Alitalia’s guests got a sneak preview of the Italian airline’s inflight crew uniforms, creations of renowned Italian fashion designer and dressmaker Alberta Ferretti.

The new uniforms, which signaled the opening of Milan Men’s Fashion Week in June, are created in a seasonless lightweight fine gauge blue wool and customized with satin gold buttons engraved with the “A” for Alitalia.

For the in-flight crew, Ferretti designed a vest and an Alitalia logoed jacquard apron style dress.

The women’s jackets are marked at the waist with a gros-gain ribbon in the Italian tricolor of the flag.

The new creations include a suit for men. The outerwear includes raincoats made of cotton and waterproof nylon, for both men and women, finished with a removable lightly quilted lining.

The look includes cotton poplin blouses with pocket detail, foulards and ties in matching silk twill, leather gloves and wool knitwear.

Interest in Athens

During his speech, Athanassiou underlined the airline’s interest in increasing its services from Athens either with the launch of new destinations or boosting the frequencies of already existing routes.

Moreover, he referred to the upward trend Alitalia is recording, despite the difficulties of recent years.

According to reports, the third quarter of 2018 has been profitable for Alitalia. The July-September period is expected to close with a net profit of some two million euros.

Alitalia currently has direct connections from Athens to Rome, Tel Aviv (from May 2017) and Milan Linate Airport (from December 2017).

(From left) Ioannis Novas, Athens International Airport (AIA), Developer, Airline Development; George Athanassiou, Alitalia, Country Manager Greece, Israel, Cyprus and Malta; Ioanna Papadopoulou, AIA, Director, Communications & Marketing; Mariella Sacconi, Alitalia, Regional Manager East Europe, Middle East & Africa; Dora Daga, Alitalia, Marketing & Web; Fay Kizgala, AIA, Marketing Specialist, Airline Marketing; Jenny Vallianou, AIA, Coordinator, Airline Marketing; Leonidas Raftopoulos, AIA, Senior Developer, Airline Development; Gianmario Chiesa, Alitalia, Sales Manager.

(From left) Ioannis Novas, Athens International Airport (AIA), Developer, Airline Development; George Athanassiou, Alitalia, Country Manager Greece, Israel, Cyprus and Malta; Ioanna Papadopoulou, AIA, Director, Communications & Marketing; Mariella Sacconi, Alitalia, Regional Manager East Europe, Middle East & Africa; Dora Daga, Alitalia, Marketing & Web; Fay Kizgala, AIA, Marketing Specialist, Airline Marketing; Jenny Vallianou, AIA, Coordinator, Airline Marketing; Leonidas Raftopoulos, AIA, Senior Developer, Airline Development; Gianmario Chiesa, Alitalia, Sales Manager.

On October 26, the airline will launch a new Rome-Mauritius route, which will have seamless connections to and from Athens. Alitalia’s winter 2018/2019 schedule, includes flights from Italy to Havana (Cuba) and Malé (Maldives). The airline also operates a Rome-Johannesburg service since April 2018. All routes provide convenient connections to and from Athens.

About the Author
Nikos is Greek-American born in New York, USA, and has lived in Greece for over 30 years. He is the managing editor of Greece's leading monthly travel and tourism guide, the Greek Travel Pages (GTP) since June 2008 and of news site GTP Headlines since its launch in September 2012. Nikos has also served as international press officer for the City of Athens and for the mayor. He has a degree in Mass Media and Communications, specializing in Journalism. Nikos is a native English speaker and speaks Greek fluently.

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