US Department of Transportation greenlights “Covid-tested” flights to and from Italy.
NEW YORK – Neos, Italy's second largest airline, has received official approval from the US Department of Transportation to operate scheduled passenger flights to and from the United States. Twice-weekly "Covid-Tested" flights will begin in the second half of June 2021, connecting New York with Milan, Italy's center for business, fashion, shopping, design and architecture, and also an ideal starting point for exploring the rest of Italy and much of the European community.
Founded in 2002, Neos boasts the youngest airline fleet in Europe, including six latest-generation Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. The approval of the US Department of Transportation will allow Neos to expand its portfolio of routes, continuing the growth path that in 2019 led it to carry two million passengers with a turnover of $563 million. Neos operates scheduled service with more than 50 routes throughout Italy, as well as to Africa, the Caribbean, China, Egypt, Greece, Iceland, Israel, Jordan, the Maldives, Mexico, Oman, Spain and Thailand.
At the heart of the Neos philosophy are innovation, quality, and creating strong passenger loyalty. Neos underscores chic "Italian style" from the minute passengers board. Flights will depart JFK at 5:50pm and arrive at Milan-Malpensa at 7:20am the next day. Departures from Milan are set for 12:20pm, arriving in New York at 2:50pm the same day.
Neos has joined the IATA Travel Pass program, a digital passport to facilitate and speed up all boarding and disembarkation procedures. Before they fly, passengers can upload Covid test results and vaccination certificates, accessed by a simple QR code on their smartphones.
"The launch of Milan-New York service is a milestone for us," says Carlo Stradiotti, CEO of Neos, "an opportunity for business growth and to expand connections between Italy and the US. With this first American route, we will offer a new travel experience to the U.S. traveler, based on Italian style, wellness and the most advanced aircraft. In 2022, we plan to increase New York flights, and to add additional US gateways."
During the worst moments of the coronavirus pandemic, Neos flew hundreds of rescue and humanitarian flights, repatriating more than 40,000 travelers to 68 countries, including the US. Neos' cargo flights have transported over 4,000 tons of masks, lung ventilators, respirators, gloves, diagnostic kits, personal protective equipment and vaccines.
The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners flying the the JFK-Milan-JFK route, offer the world's most advanced technology and design. HEPA filters guarantee a continuous change of air every two minutes, eliminating virus and bacteria particles. The Dreamliner's carbon structure and improved pressurization system create a quieter and more comfortable environment that reduces jet lag. The aircraft's Rolls Royce engines reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by 20%. Unique in style, comfort and efficiency, the Dreamliner's interiors focus on strong design and elegance; its 65% larger, "intelligent" windows, roomy overhead bins, wider seats and an innovative mood-lighting system transform the flying experience.
Neos underscores its Italian soul with gourmet cuisine meticulously served and made from authentic and top quality ingredients. A wide range of special-diet meals are available. Neos' Dreamliners provide high-speed Wi-Fi, and entertainment for all ages includes the latest movies, playlists, games, flight information, shopping and bar service.
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