Review of Alitalia flight Prague Rome in Economy

Airline Alitalia
Flight AZ513
Class Economy
Seat 29A
Aircraft Airbus A320
Flight time 01:50
Take-off 16 Apr 17, 18:10
Arrival at 16 Apr 17, 20:00
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Carlotherocks
Published on 17th January 2018

INTRODUCTION


Hello everyone
I'm writing this report after many months since I've been very busy with university.
Last Easter my family and I decided to visit Prague, since neither my father nor I have been there,
We booked the flight about one month before with CSA-Czech Airlines and Alitalia. While I've flown AZ many times in Europe, it would have been for me the first time with CSA
Here is the itinerary


13th April Rome Fiumicino - Prague Ruzyně with Czech Airlines A319
16th April Prague Ruzyně - Rome Fiumicino with Alitalia A320 (YOU ARE HERE)



AT THE AIRPORT


After spending Easter Holidays enjoying this beautiful city is time to come back home
Since the departure time was 18:10 we spend the morning walking around the city center
Around 15:30 we took a took a taxi to the airport and in about twenty minutes we reached Václav Havel Airport
Our flight would depart from Terminal 2, used for flights within the Schengen area
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The departure hall is bright and large
This Terminal had opened in 2006
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For unknown reasons we weren't able to make online check-in neither on AZ app nor on the website
Browsing on FlightReport in the days after I discovered it had happened also to other AZ flights
We had to wait about 10 minutes before check-in opened
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Since we had few people in front of us we obtained our BPs in about 10 minutes
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My boarding pass showing the gate D1
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Having nothing else to do landside we went straight to the security check-point
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The whole process didn't take so much
The control itself didn't seem accurate as in other European airports
When my turn came the policeman found the windproof light I bought the day before and told me it was forbidden
However he let me keep it (fortunately)
Duty-free area just after the checkpoint

It's not a hub without Victoria's Secrets XD
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Our gate
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Since there was a hour before boarding I decided to make a walk around the Terminal
The Terminal is clean and efficent, but it lacks of shops
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Spotting time!
CSA A319s, TAP A320 and Air Dolomiti E-Jet parked at Pier C
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Travel Service 737 at gate D3
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CSA A319 and KLM 737
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Brussels Airlines A320 just landed
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Our bird parked at Gate D1
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Boarding commenced on time
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Brussels Airlines parked at Pier C while we waited to board
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Going down the steep jetway
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Our Airbus A320, EI-IKB, delivered in May 2000 (16,9 yo) and named after Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Still old livery for me
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THE FLIGHT


Etihad Airways Partner logo near the door
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Fuselage shot with AZ green line along the fuselage
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The plane is equipped with new interiors
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Since the plane was not full (123 pax/162 seats according to the flight report) I moved to row 29
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The view from my seat as we started pushback (sorry for blurred pics)
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Alitalia's logo on the headrest
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Travel Service 737
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Heading to RWY24
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Bye Bye Prague
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There was no queue for takeoff
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And here we go…
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Terminal 2
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And finally in the air

Bye bye Czech Republic
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We quickly reached cruise altitude
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About half a hour into the flight a snack was served
The choice was between chips or biscuits and a beverage
I choose San Carlo's Chips and Coke
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Where are you going mate?
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Clouds
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Ryanair 737
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Approaching Italy clouds started to thin
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Ravenna's port
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Perfectly on time we started our descent
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Since we came from north and landing operations that day were from south we had to fly over Rome
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Olympic Stadium, Foreign Ministry (the white building next the stadium) and Gemelli Hospital (the enormous builiding complex under the stadium)
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Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park (called Foro Italico) and Foreign Ministry
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St Peter's Basilica
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The "Big Snake", a huge complex of public housing almost 1 km long
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EUR financial district in southern Rome
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Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana, also known as Colosseo Quadrato (Square Colosseum)
It was built in 1942 for Rome Universal Exposition (never held due to WWII) and in my opinion is one of the best example of Italian rationalist architecture
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PalaLottomatica, design by Italian engineer Pier Luigi Nervi
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Souther suburbs of Rome
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Cinecittà World, an amusement park themed around cinema
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Approach path for the RWY is over Tirrean Sea
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Tiber River's mouth
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Rome Airport long-term parking
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We landed on time on RWY34R

SAS A320 landed behind us
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Air Berlin A320 (RIP)
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Entering AZ's land
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This A320, EI-DTJ (named after Italian poet Giovanni Pascoli) is painted with a special livery called Employee Signatures
When new AZ corporate image was presented in June 2016 many employees were asked to write their promises for the airline and all this phrases have been printed on the plane fuselage
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A320s in old livery…
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…and in new one
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Parking on a remote stand next to EI-DSA, a former AirOne A320 named "Palazzo dei Normanni, Palermo"
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While desembarking I asked the flight report form to the Purser and he invited me to take some pics to the cockpit
Unfortunately the Captain was working on some papers and I just had time to say him "Thank you"
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Very well filled Flight report
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Last views of our aircraft from the bus
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Welcome to Rome
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Having cabin baggage only we headed straight to the exit and took the shuttle bus to the long term parking
Thank you for your attention!
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Verdict

Alitalia

7.0/10
Cabin7.5
Cabin crew7.5
Entertainment/wifi5.0
Meal/catering8.0

Prague - PRG

7.3/10
Efficiency7.5
Access7.5
Services6.5
Cleanliness7.5

Rome - FCO

8.0/10
Efficiency8.0
Access8.0
Services8.0
Cleanliness8.0

Conclusion

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2 Comments

  • Comment 428359 by
    okapi GOLD 3294 Comments

    Ciao e grazie Carlo per questo FR. Nice to see AZ on the english part of this website. I do fly a lot between Milan and Paris and it is sad to notice that the catering on board is not better on an almost two-hours long flight. What a shame, given all the culinary wonders of Italy. Alitalia could have done much better.
    I thoroughly enjoyed PRG airport. The wifi there is excellent and there are not many shops like in most airports today.
    I also liked your pictures of Rome during the approach, a city I know well and love.
    Thanks for sharing this trip!

    • Comment 428360 by
      Carlotherocks AUTHOR 47 Comments

      Thank you very much for the appreciation! It's very sad I know, I saw the difference in less than one year
      In summer '16 I went to Amsterdam and they gave us a tasty sandwich while now that's the situation
      I hope everything will be better for them
      Ciao ;)

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