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Ciao Greece! Alitalia Throws Party for Greek Travel Agents

Alitalia Country Manager for Greece, Cyprus and Malta, George Athanassiou with Alitalia VP Leisure Sales & International Markets, Nicola Bonacchi.

Alitalia Country Manager for Greece, Cyprus and Malta, George Athanassiou with Alitalia VP Leisure Sales & International Markets, Nicola Bonacchi.

Alitalia “says it with a Ciao” at Athens event!

Greek travel agents were updated on the latest developments involving Alitalia during the airline’s special event “Alitalia’s World” Party, recently held in Athens.

“2018 was one of the best years for Alitalia in the last 10 years,” the airline’s Vice President Leisure Sales & International Markets, Nicola Bonacchi, said in his welcoming speech.

Alitalia closed the year 2018 with an increase in traffic-passenger revenues of seven percent compared to 2017.

“We continued to also grow in January, which is also important because we continue to guarantee our top quality,” Bonacchi said, adding that Alitalia is one of the most punctual world-wide airlines. The Italian airline recently reported that January 2019 was its fourteenth consecutive month of growth, with a 4 percent increase in passenger revenues, compared to January 2018.

Alitalia last year unveiled new uniforms for ground and inflight crew, created by Italian fashion designer and dressmaker Alberta Ferretti and also invested in new catering on board for short-, medium- and long-haul flights.

“Τhere is another thing that we are doing,” Bonacchi said and presented the airline’s new motto Ciao.

Alitalia Country Manager for Greece, Cyprus and Malta, George Athanassiou with Italy's Ambassador to Greece Luigi Marras.

Alitalia Country Manager for Greece, Cyprus and Malta, George Athanassiou with Italy’s Ambassador to Greece Luigi Marras.

“For us it is a way to present a new and cool Alitalia. It is a way to present to the whole trade market that we are present,” he said.

Referring to the Greek market, Bonacchi said that Alitalia aims to become one of the most important airlines from Greece to the world.

“We will open Washington DC (May 2), where there is a strong Greek community and we will be very happy to take as much volume as we can,” he informed the travel agents, adding that from April Alitalia will also open a new destination in Sardinia for the summer season.

“In South America we have a strong capacity, as also in Delhi and in our seasonal flights like in Cuba, Mauritius and Maldives, so we are investing there a lot and we can become one of the first carriers in Greece,” Bonacchi concluded.

The travel agents that attended “Alitalia’s World” Party were treated to Italian delicacies and enjoyed a tour “on board” Alitalia’s Airbus A330 and in the Lounge Casa Alitalia through a real 3D experience with the unique “Oculus Go” VR system.

Greek band Onirama.

Greek band Onirama.

Guests were also treated to a DJ-set that was followed by an exclusive “secret” concert with Greek band Onirama.

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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