Cabin Key: Eurofly
Addresses: Via E. Bugatti 15, Milan 20142, Italy; or JFK International Airport, Terminal 4, Room 275.194, B Concourse, Jamaica, N.Y. 11430 USA
Reservations: (800) 459-0581
Phone: (011) 39-091 500-7704; (718) 751-4499
Fax: (011) 39-091 500-7703; (718) 751-4498
Fares: Roundtrip economy fares for 2005 from New York start at $649 to Naples or Bologna and $749 to Palermo, Sicily.
Aircraft: One business-class Airbus A319; three two-class Airbus A330s; eight Airbus A320s
Review: Two recent Eurofly flights in economy class on new, widebody Airbus A330s proved comfortable and relatively stylish. Industry-standard seats, in 2-4-2 configuration, come equipped with seatback audio/video offering five current films, eight music channels, cartoons and games. Onboard meals consisted of a boxed lunch or dinner, a snack or breakfast one hour before landing and three beverage services. Bilingual crew was efficient, courteous and neat. Departures and arrivals in New York, Naples and Bologna were timely. -- K.K.
NAPLES, Italy --
Alitalia spin-off and onetime short-haul charter airline Eurofly
next year will expand service between New York and three Italian
summer launched seasonal, five-times weekly service. It will extend
its operating season and introducing all-business-class flights to
flew June 1 to Sept. 18 this summer, next year plans to again offer
leisure flights from New York to Bologna, Naples and Palermo,
Sicily, from May 11 to Nov. 11.
The airline will
also add a second weekly flight to Palermo in the
director of Italy product development at Bloomfield, N.J.-based
Club ABC Tours, which represents the airline in the U.S., said that
Euroflys leisure fares will remain frozen at 2005 levels for
bookings made at least through years end.
costs have gone up, Ill do my best so that the early bird who books
by Jan. 1 can get 2005 fares, he said.
introductory economy-class fares started at $649, roundtrip, to
Naples and Bologna and $749 to Palermo.
Eurofly will begin an all-business-class service on specially
configured Airbus A319 single-aisle jets flying between New York
and Milans Linate Airport daily, except Saturdays.
The carrier this
year offered 26-seat business-class cabins on the 282-passenger
A330 widebodies it flies on transatlantic routes.
Seats on the
business flights to Milan will be sold exclusively to members of
the carriers new MiMa (Milan-to-Manhattan) Club, which Mariani
called a private club sold through general distribution.
be required to fly the Milan route and will entitle customers to
special options and services, based on number of trips taken a
year, he said, adding that special membership schemes will be
devised for individuals, corporations and travel agencies acting as
We will pay a
referral fee, rather than a commission to travel agents, said
Mariani. The more passengers agencies refer, the higher the fee
they will get.
all-business flights were not available at press time.
Eurofly also may
start similar all-business flights to Rome.
Palermo a hit
Eurofly is considering expanding its transatlantic leisure service
to additional Italian cities, although no further U.S. gateways are
planned, and flying to New York year-round, thanks to a successful
We were almost
30% over budget and enjoyed nearly 80% load factors, he said,
largely due to heavily ethnic traffic on the Naples and Palermo
But with the
expansion of service into shoulder season, well focus more on the
agency and operators more so than the friends-and-family market we
did this year.
The closest thing
to a disappointment was the route to Bologna, which Eurofly
promoted as a gateway to Venice and Tuscany.
We have to work a
little harder, changing peoples thinking by re-educating the
public, Mariani said.
Destinations editor Kenneth Kiesnoski, send e-mail to [email protected].