Flying with Air One

03/04/2010 - 17:24


I've used them a few times. Price-wise, I found them more expensive than the cheapest "low-cost / no frills" prices, but otherwise competitive. Like the "full service" airlines, there aren't the usual hidden charges, although don't expect lobster thermidor followed by baked Alaska when they bring the food trolley round. Ground service seems to be good. When I arrived on a late incoming flight in Milan, they were very helpful, holding the outgoing flight and ensuring that our bags were on the same plane. I would probably use them more, but their service (for the routes I'd want to travel) is fairly limited, meaning their flight options often entail very long stopover times in Milan. Postmac mentioned that they're extending their services; hadn't seen that, but I'll check it out when travelling next. I'd have no hesitation in using them again, and would recommend them. A subsidiary of Alitalia, but without the same attitude to passengers. Let's see how they do........

Thanks for the info on your experience. This was the report I'd seen  (ANSA) - Rome, March 4 - There have already been 120,000 to 130,000 reservations made for flights on Alitalia's budget carrier Air One, which begins service March 28 from Milan's Malpensa airport, the airline's CEO said on Thursday. Speaking on a morning radio program, Rocco Sabelli recalled how Air One tickets start at 25 euros for domestic flights and 60-70 euros for international destinations. Compared to other budget carriers, Sabelli observed, Air One allows passengers to book their seats and does not charge extra for luggage. Air One was originally Italy's biggest private airline until Alitalia, then Italy's national carrier, went bankrupt in 2008 and spun off and sold its flight operations. These were acquired by a group of Italian investors, Compagnia Aerea Italiana (CAI), who included the owner of Air One, Carlo Toto. CAI then created the new airline, keeping the Alitalia name, through the merger of the former national carrier's flight division and Air One. The new, private airline took off in January of last year and Air France-KLM was then chosen as its strategic partner and was sold 25% of Alitalia. In order to meet competition from budget carriers, Alitalia decided to create its own "price friendly" airline using the Air One marque which will operate from Malpensa to smaller airports with smaller planes.