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How safe is Alitalia?
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Thursday, 02 June 2011 14:37

Alitalia Boeing 777 from Rome to LAX

Hello Capt Lim,

Your website is wonderful and helping me put my mind somewhat at ease.

I avoid flying like the plague, but my husband and I have our entire family in Europe and have to fly back at least once a year. The minute my ticket is booked I start to have major fear about my upcoming trip...

I will be flying with Alitalia this Thursday direct from LAX to Rome.

What kinds of airplane models do they have and does the airline have a good reputation for safety/low crash??

If not a safe airline, what could be a better airline alternative?

Thank you so much for answering my questions alt



Hi Vanessa,

I have answered numerous questions similar to yours. For a start, please read “I am so scared to fly" here

Alitalia flies the Boeing 777 from LAX to Rome.

On 13 January 2009 the new Alitalia re-launched its operations. Since then, Alitalia has been nominated as Europe's most punctual airline.

Alitalia, including flights operated by its subsidiary Air One Smart Carrier, serves 91 destinations; 28 domestic and 63 international in 40 countries (as at May 2010) and has a total 148 (+2) airplanes amongst its fleet (as of 20 May 2011)

Here are two incidents since the new Alitalia was launched; one of its flights from Rome to Cairo with 157 passengers had to make an emergency landing in Cairo after a reported bomb threat. On 24 April 2011, an attempt was made to hijack Alitalia Flight 329, en-route from Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris to Fiumicino Airport, Rome and divert it to Tripoli International Airport, Libya.

Despite these two events, my opinion is that it is still a reputable airline and I would not hesitate to fly on its plane as these unfortunate incidents can happen to any airlines.

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Alitalia Boeing 777 Departing Rome

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Is Alitalia safe and are they any better since the merge with Etihad?
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