On Thursday, Air Italy opened its fifth long-haul flight to Mumbai, India from its hub at Milan Malpensa.

The flight, IG927, is operated by an Airbus A330-200 featuring 252 seats in 2 classes. There are 24 seats in Business Class and 228 seats in Economy Class.

Air Italy’s Airbus A330-200.

The new connection is scheduled three times per week on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

Flights depart from Milan at 14:20 and arrive in Mumbai at 02:50 (+1 day). Return flights depart Mumbai at 04:50 and arrive in Milan at 09:20.

A ceremony held at the airport to mark the occasion included Andrea Tucci of SEA Aviation Business Development and Air Italy Chief Operating Officer Rossen Dimitrov.

Rossen Dimitrov, Air Italy Chief Operating Officer, posing for a photo at the launch event.

“This is the fifth long-haul destination by Air Italy from our airport since the airline was born this year. Milan already has 40% of Indian traffic before the new connections to Dehli and Mumbai, now we expect to reach 50%. Thanks to Air Italy this year we will reach 24.5 million passengers from Malpensa, a record for the airport,” said Tucci.

“Mumbai will be the last destination for 2018 after New York, Miami, Bangkok, and Delhi,” said Dimitrov. “In 2019, we will continue growing in the United States by adding San Francisco and Los Angeles to our network, starting respectively on April 3rdand April 11th. Two new destinations will be announced very soon, but we would like to keep everything a secret, giving information little by little.

“Italy is the second most popular european destination for Indian people travelling to Europe for business, tourism and education. On the other hand also Italian tourism to India is developing very strongly.”

Dimitrov also announced a new domestic destination: Cagliari, starting on March 31st. The flight will start daily but will be operated twice a day starting on July 1st.

All images by Federico Meraviglia / Aeronautics Online