Alitalia Ottima Business Class Flight 436 Rome, Italy-Munich, Germany
If you are flying into or out of Fiumicino-Leonardo da Vinci International Airport in Rome, chances are that you are on an Alitalia flight. Known simply as Fiumicino, the airport is Italy’s largest, having served over 41 million passengers in 2013. It’s only 18.9 miles (35 kilometers) southwest of the city and is easily accessible via the Leonardo Express non-stop rail service.
I arrived at Fiumicino’s Terminal 1, which serves Alitalia’s short- and medium-haul flights (long-haul flights such as those to the United States leave from Terminal 3). I wasn’t able to generate a boarding pass on my phone, but at a business-class check-in desk, an agent cheerfully printed a boarding card. She also invited me to Alitalia’s lounge, which I am told is a bit more utilitarian than the one in Terminal 1.
Security was quick and efficient and I was soon in the very modern lounge that resembled an Italian café and was not very busy. A small selection of cheeses and breads was available as well as a wide variety of beverages.
Alitalia invites business-class flyers to board first, although this was of limited value as passengers were ferried to the aircraft by bus (a side benefit of which are much better photographs of the aircraft).
I was the only business-class passenger in the almost-full bus and it was a quick ride over.