1960. ALITALIA IS THE OFFICIAL AIRLINE OF THE ROME OLYMPICS.
The 60s reinforce Alitalia’s position as an international carrier. It is the Official Airline of the 1960 Olympic Games and all the athletes reach Rome on Alitalia flights.
1960. THE FIRST JETS JOIN ALITALIA’S FLEET
The first reaction planes come into service: the Douglas DC-8 four-stroke engines for long-distance flights and the Caravelle bi-jet for short and medium-haul routes.
1961. FIUMICINO BECOMES THE MAIN AIRPORT
Operations are transferred from Ciampino to Fiumicino Airport. New hangars, designed by the engineer Riccardo Morandi, are built.
1964. ATI, AERO TRASPORTI ITALIANI, IS CREATED.
Alitalia founds ATI, a company based in Naples that exclusively operates domestic and charter flights with the purpose of improving connections between Southern and Northern Italy and the Islands.
1964. THE FIRST PAPAL FLIGHT
Alitalia accompanies Pope Paul VI to the Holy Land for his first flight outside of Italy.
DID YOU KNOW...
These are the years of the Dolce Vita and, thanks to the arts, Italy enjoys a period of great international recognition. Famous Italian and international actors and directors are captured by paparazzi as they come down the steps of an Alitalia plane.