Date Posted 22/08/2018
What happens when an airline can’t fly a plane between some of Italy’s most picturesque cities? They announce a codeshare agreement, but it’s not like any other codeshare agreement as it not with another airline. The new partnership is with Trenitalia, Italy’s national railway company.
The new agreement between Emirates and Trenitalia was announced at the start of this month, enabling Emirates customers from around the world to discover new destinations across Italy. 27 train stations in Italy will now form part of Emirates’ global network, with one single ticket combining rail and flight. High speed trains depart from all four of Emirates Italian gateways – Bologna, Milan, Roma and Venice.
“This codeshare agreement with Trenitalia opens up new possibilities for our customers and complements our current services to Bologna, Milan, Rome and Venice. With Trenitalia, travelling to the Far East from Foggia, or to Padova from Sydney has never been easier.” said Hubert Frach, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, West.
Emirates customers will be able to board Trenitalia’s trains directly, without the need to exchange their boarding pass for a separate train ticket. Just like your flight, your ticket for the train will be assigned with a seat number and a carriage number, this will all be displayed on your Emirates ticket.
If you have come accustomed to the ultra-luxurious First Class or Business Class cabin, why not extend your experience by travelling in more comfort on a Trenitalia train. If you have booked First Class on your Emirates flight, your train ticket will be booked into the same cabin class as you airline ticket was, so in this example you would be travelling in the Trenitalia Executive Class. Depending go the type of train, cabin classes on board Trenitalia trains range from Executive, Business, Premium and Standard classes.
For customers travelling with baggage they will need to collect all their checked in bags from the arrivals hall at the airport and get them to the train station. The Emirates baggage allowance will also apply for train journeys as well as baggage article dimension restrictions.
“Emirates already flies more than 1.6 million passengers to and from Italy every year. With this codeshare agreement, we’re connecting Italian regions to our global network, significantly boosting the Italian tourism industry,” Mr Frach added.
Train stations that are included as part of this codeshare agreement is below:
Customers are now able to book these new codeshare trips via the Emirates website (emirates.com) and benefit by only needing the one ticket for their journey. First Class and Business Class passengers will automatically be booked in First Class (Executive Class) on Trenitalia’s trains.
This new agreement also allows lounge access when available to those passengers travelling in Emirates First Class and Trenitalia Executive Class. Lounge access can be gained by presenting your boarding pass upon entry to the lounge.
“The agreement signed by Trenitalia and Emirates is a pivotal step towards the increase of effective and comfortable integration between train and airplane. Our customers will now be able to buy one single solution for their train and flight journey, departing and arriving from 27 Italian stations and enjoying the comforts and the best commercial facilities offered by Trenitalia and Emirates.” said Gianpiero Strisciuglio, Director of Trenitalia Long Haul Passenger Division.
For more than 25 years the connection between Italy and Emirates has grown stronger and stronger as each year passes by. The airline offers eight daily flights to four getaways – Bologna, Milan, Rome and Venice. Emirates have become an important contributor to the Italian trade and tourism industry. The airline is also the proud sponsor of AC Milan since 2010, as well as being the main sponsor of the International BNL d’Italia tennis tournament.