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Lots of new changes coming to Alitalia over the next few months. From a full fleet renewal, more transparent fares on their most popular flights, and even a very generous offering for their passengers from young to older. In true Italian fashion, they have named their newest classes of services super romantic names.
In the past 3 years, the Italian airline has spent a considerable amount of time, not to mention, euros, on creating a more pleasurable experience for all of their passengers. In a quest to fly the youngest fleet in the world, they have bought new planes and refreshed existing planes. By the beginning of next year, the entire fleet will be an average of about 6 years old.
Trust us for a sec; we totally get why you'd want to have an aisle seat on an international flight (easy to get up and stretch, elbow room, etc), but we're personally huge fans of the window seat. Maybe it's because the world looks so coollike a real-life Google Earthfrom above, or maybe it's because we just like being able to lean against the window and drool an something that isn't a strangers shoulder. Still, there's much to be said for the window seat.
For example, this amazing view, taken while landing at Milan-Malpensa Airport. Indeed those are the Alps in the distance, although they don't seem too distant when you're flying just a bit above them, with a perfect view directly down into ski villages, hopping with the rich at this time of the year.
Need any more reason to choose the window? Check out the video version of this image.
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One of the major perks to flying to Europe from the US is not just that you're on your way to Europe for heaven's sakes, but also that you'll likely be treated to some amazing sights outside your plane window. For example, on both our recent to and from flights for JFK-Milan on American Airlines, we enjoyed almost a full hour of looking straight down to the snow-capped peaks of the Swiss and Italian Alps. There's nothing quite like being reminded exactly how high in altitude those peaks are as when you're sharing airspace with them.
If you're heading to Switzerland for some skiing or northern Italy for any reason, be sure to choose your seat for the best views based on the POSH ruleport out, starboard homeand you too can catch the full panorama, kinda like this:
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Ahh...duty-free souvenirs. Buying stuff at the airport is always a Catch-22; you have extra currency and maybe want to bring home a few extra things to give as gifts, but you sure don't want to pay the prices they charge and sometimes, the selection just sucks.
Not so at Milan's Malpensa Airport, however. Yesterday, while we (thankfully) caught the last direct flight back to JFK before the snow cancellations set in, we managed to stock up on everything from Provolone cheese and Bresaola cured beef to squid ink-infused risotto. And then we grabbed the most kitschy souvenir of allthe 4 Euro Monumenti d'Italia bag of multicolore pasta. The details are...glorious.
Can you name all of the Italian landmarks depicted in the pasta above? Answers this way...