Airline Review: Alitalia (domestic)

Alitalia Airbus A320

Alitalia doesn’t offer Business Class on most domestic itineraries. Yet, there’s also no need for Business Class on these short flights. The experience in Economy Class is nice enough. Here’s why!

For domestic flights in Italy, Alitalia is the most obvious choice. While not cheap, the prices are usually reasonable. In addition, I’m a Alitalia Freccia Alata Plus member and thus enjoy several benefits on Alitalia itineraries, including access to the lounges.

  • Airplane: Airbus A320
  • Cabin Class: Economy
  • Daytime: Evening
  • Food: Snack
  • Seat Pitch: 30 Inch (76 Centimeter)
  • Seat Width: 18 Inch (46 Centimeter)

I’ve already reviewed the Alitalia Tintoretto Lounge Venice in the past, which is fairly nice. Leaving the lounge, I found myself at the gate just a minute later.

Alitalia Tintoretto Lounge Venice Buffet

The Tintoretto Lounge is a good spot to hang out prior to your flight

To my surprise, half of the passengers seemed to have Priority Boarding. The process was not exactly efficient either, so it took a couple of minutes until I was on board the Alitalia flight to Rome.

Seating on Alitalia domestic flights

This flight was operated by an Airbus A320, which is one of the larger jets for domestic itineraries. All Alitalia Airbus A320-series jets come with a 3-3 configuration.

Alitalia domestic Economy

The seats are in a 3-3 configuration

The design of the cabin is somewhat bland. The leather seats are grey with finishes in different tones of grey. As the design of the cabin doesn’t matter too much to me, I was interested in the seat comfort.

As it appears, this one is quite decent on Alitalia domestic itineraries as the seats are comfortable and got a good padding. At the same time, the legroom feels very tight, especially for a legacy carrier.

Alitalia domestic Economy Seat

The legroom feels very tight even in the front rows

Another weird detail are the in-seat monitors with a credit card swiper, which haven’t been operational for a couple of years now. Yet, Alitalia never bothered on changing the seats and thus getting rid of the in-seat monitors.

Catering on Alitalia domestic flights

It’s not like Alitalia would offer anything special on domestic flights. However, there’s at least a complimentary service including a snack and a drink of your choice.

Alitalia domestic Economy Snack

Alitalia serves a snack and a drink on domestic itineraries

While I wasn’t proactively asked whether I want a second drink, it was no problem getting one. The snack was either a sweet option (biscuits) or a salty one (crackers). While the packaged snacks you get on Alitalia domestic flights are no proper meal, they are alright for the short flights.

Alitalia domestic Economy Snack

The snacks are quite tasty

Personally, I found both snacks to be quite tasty. Thus, there’s nothing bad to say about the offerings.

Entertainment on Alitalia domestic flights

The entertainment selection is a little lackluster though. The entertainment screens are not operational, there are no newspapers offered and there is no Wi-Fi or an wireless entertainment system.

Alitalia domestic Economy Seat

The entertainment screens are not operational

If you didn’t bring anything, the only option to stay entertained is the board magazine. This one is quite interesting and offers enough content for a short flight.

Alitalia domestic Economy Magazine

The board magazine may keep you entertained during the flight

Yet, the magazine is just replaced on a monthly basis, so is no real entertainment option if you are flying with Alitalia more often.

Overall impression of Alitalia

Alitalia offers a couple of nice benefits if you are a frequent flyer. In combination with decent prices (not as low as the ones offered by LCC, but fair enough), I’d say that Alitalia offers a good experience. While there are no frills or anything, there is at least complimentary catering with a drink and a small snack. The seats are comfortable, but the legroom is a serious problem, especially if you are little taller than me. However, it should be alright for flights of less than an hour.

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