Alitalia is to improve its Rome-Tehran service in October with bigger aircraft on one of its most successful routes.
The A330 widebody plane will provide 55 per cent more passenger seats and 70 tonnes of cargo space a week. It will replace an existing Airbus A320.
The air link went daily in March following the lifting of global sanctions against Iran by the United Nations. The Airbus A330 aircraft will offer 262 seats in business and economy classes. The planes flying between the Italian and Iranian capital cities will feature newly renovated interiors equipped with exclusive 'Made in Italy' amenities, products and services for customers. This will include Wi-Fi connectivity for phone calls, internet and e-mail.
Business class travellers can relax in luxurious Poltrona Frau leather seats that fully recline to a comfortable flatbed, and enjoy an award winning onboard fine dining menu which features the best of Italian regional food. A special coffee menu with three different blends of espresso selected for Alitalia from the famous Italian brand Lavazza is offered after the meal.
The daily flight departs Rome Fiumicino at 3:00 pm and arrives in Tehran at 8:10 pm local time. The return service leaves Tehran at 4:30 am local time and lands in Rome at 7:15 am.
The flight times allow passengers travelling from 20 Italian and 24 international airports to connect through Alitalia's Rome hub. Transit passengers at Fiumicino will also be able to take advantage of the Alitalia Transit Team set to help air travellers switch efficiently from the arrival flight to the connecting flight to Tehran.