Rome, December 7, 2015 – A major cabin refurbishment of Alitalia’s short and medium fleet of 96 aircraft has begun with the project earmarked for completion by April next year.
Four aircraft a week – both Airbus and Embraer models – will be stripped down internally to renovate the passenger cabins completely.
At the same time that the planes are in the hangar getting a new interior look and feel, the exteriors will be painted in Alitalia’s new livery that it launched in June this year.
The first refurbished aircraft began service on Saturday, December 5.
The refurbishment work on each aircraft will take five days from start to finish and more than 14,000 black leather seats with elegant beige stitching will be fitted on board the Alitalia aircraft.
Each seat will have new coloured headrests – beige for business class and red for economy.
Every plane will be fitted with new ‘wood effect’ bulkheads which will feature the distinctive Alitalia logo.
More than 130 new staff in Alitalia’s Engineering and Maintenance Department will help transform the aircraft cabin interiors and speed up the process.
Marco Martinasso, Alitalia’s Vice President Marketing, said: “The aim is give a greater feel of Italian style and quality on board the aircraft that will hopefully attract new customers and retain existing ones.”
"We have shifted from a typically technical type of refurbishment which relied more on functionality, airworthiness and acceptable aesthetics to a new focus on customers and higher levels of service. We want our customers to experience a higher degree of comfort by providing a much better standard of cabin".
Refurbishment work is underway on the airline’s long-haul fleet of 24 aircraft - six have already been completed - which will also undergo a similar and major facelift, with all work completed by the end of 2016. The lengthier time to complete the project is because of the size of the long-haul, wide-bodied planes needing a longer stay in the hangars than the short and medium haul fleets.