Made to fly high | Fatti per volare alto
The new Alitalia Virtual was founded in June 2020 with the purpose of replicating the operations of Italy’s principal airline group, Alitalia – Società Aerea Italiana, S.p.A. We have ambitions to become the leading VA representing Italy and its pilots on Infinite Flight. At AZVA, we offer a laid-back but professional environment, where our pilot members can improve their flying skills while having fun at the same time. A varied fleet with 10 distinct aircraft and an expansive network with over 105 destinations are just two of the reasons to join us. So let’s go, andiamo!
It is a pleasure and honor to be at the helm of Alitalia Virtual. After months of hard work, I am glad to say we are officially open, IFVARB-approved, and accepting applications! We are modeled on a legacy carrier with roots going back nearly 75 years, which provides us with a varied fleet and an expansive global network. At AZVA, we take great pride in being the only Virtual Airline representing Italy and its pilots. At the same time, we fully embrace the Infinite Flight community worldwide, and we are devoted to promoting diversity & inclusion. Our founding staff members have ties to Italy, the USA, Mexico, Colombia, Jamaica and Serbia. We welcome pilots of all cultural and religious backgrounds, and we invite you to discover the world with us! After all, Alitalia flies with you (Alitalia vola con te).
At Alitalia Virtual we are committed to providing a safe space for our members to improve their piloting skills while still enjoying themselves. Both the CEO and I have prior VA executive experience at Aeromexico Virtual (AMVA), where we served as Vice President and Flight Manager, respectively, and where we learned so much. We hope to be a place where new friendships are formed as we are united by a shared interest in aviation. We strive to provide our pilots with the tools to successfully fly on the Expert Server: starting with our written knowledge exam, a set of check rides that each member must complete with our Chief Pilot, and our training program for those interested in additional one-on-one sessions. We remain at your service. Alitalia, working for you (Alitalia, al lavoro per te).
Alitalia Virtual operates a wide variety of aircraft types, which enables us to be flexible and remain highly efficient as we adapt to fulfill our customers’ needs.
Embraer E175 | E190
The E-Jets are operated by our subsidiary Alitalia Cityliner Virtual and are employed on regional routes to small airports within Italy and Europe. You may fly these to places like Pisa, Florence, Geneva, Kos and London-City!
Airbus A319 | A320
The A320 family is the backbone of the Alitalia Virtual fleet. The A319/A320 in particular fly short and medium-haul routes all over Italy, Europe, Northern Africa and the Middle East.
Our fleet of Airbus A321 is deployed on a multitude of domestic and international routes of short-to-medium length, and becomes particularly important during the busy summer season for popular beach destinations like Alghero, Cagliari, Olbia, Catania and Palermo.
An integral part of the Alitalia Virtual fleet, the Airbus A330 operates the most long-haul flights out of Italy, and can also sometimes be found operating quick domestic hops on high-traffic routes.
Boeing 777-200ER | 777-300ER
Alitalia Virtual’s flagship, the Boeing 777 is operated in two variants and can be found soaring high on long and ultra-long haul flights to destinations such as Buenos Aires, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Mauritius and Tokyo.
McDonnell Douglas MD-11
Part of our Alitalia Vintage fleet, the MD-11 has not been in service for many years, but our pilots may fly it on some historical routes that Alitalia is no longer operating (cities like Beijing, Hong Kong/Kai Tak, Caracas, Lima and Fortaleza).
Similarly to the MD-11, this aircraft is no longer in service, but can be flown on what were some of Alitalia’s most important routes during the Golden Age of Flying, with destinations like Bangkok, Sydney and Rio de Janeiro.
Beginning from the very first level, our ranking system permits multiple choices, putting our pilots at the center of our operations and allowing them maximum flexibility throughout their journey with us.
|Trainee||0-10||E175 / E190|
|Second Officer||10-20||A319 / A320|
|Captain||105-150||B772 / B773|
Winner of 2018 and 2019 ACI EUROPE Best Airport Award
Rome-Fiumicino “Leonardo da Vinci” Airport (LIRF) is located just outside of Italy’s capital and it serves as the center of our operations. From here, we have connections to cities around the Italian peninsula and islands, across Europe and to several intercontinental destinations.
The airport was officially opened on 15 January 1961, with two runways, replacing the smaller Rome-Ciampino Airport (LIRA), which remains in service for some low-cost airlines as well as domestic and charter operations. Despite being officially opened in 1961, Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport had actually been in use since 20 August 1960. This was to help relieve air traffic that was congesting LIRA during the 1960 Summer Olympics. During the 1960s, home-carrier Alitalia invested heavily in the new airport, building hangars and maintenance centers.
Terminal 1 is used by Alitalia and other SkyTeam airlines.
Terminal 3 is the largest terminal which is used by most companies.
Terminal 5 was used by all U.S. and Israeli carriers (currently closed for renovations).
Milan-Linate “Enrico Forlanini” Airport (LIML) is located in Milan, an important business hub in Northern Italy, and is a key part of our operations. From here, we have connections all over Italy and Europe. Please note that Linate - not Malpensa (LIMC) - is Alitalia Virtual’s secondary hub, mainly due to its close proximity to the city center.
The airport was built next to Idroscalo of Milan in the 1930s when Taliedo Airport (located 1 km from the southern border of Milan and one of the world’s first aerodromes and airports), became too small for commercial traffic. Linate was completely rebuilt in the 1950s and again in the 1980s. Its official name is Enrico Forlanini Airport, after the Italian inventor and aeronautical pioneer born in Milan. Since 2001, because of Linate’s close proximity to the centre of Milan – only 7 km east of the city centre, compared with Malpensa, which is 41 km northwest of the city centre – its capacity has been reduced by law from 32 slots per hour down to 22 slots per hour and only domestic or international flights within the EU have been allowed.
Linate Airport features a single three-story passenger terminal building. The ground level contains the check-in and separate baggage reclaim facilities as well as service counters and a secondary departure gate area for bus-boarding. The first floor features the main departure area with several shops, restaurants and service facilities. The second floor is used for office space. The terminal building features five aircraft stands, all of which are equipped with jet-bridges. Several more parking positions are available on the apron which are reached from several bus-boarding gates.
Alitalia Virtual seamlessly connects travelers across Italy and the globe. We offer full coverage of our home market, as well as some of the only direct connections to Italy from many cities and countries worldwide.
Alitalia Virtual is a proud member of the SkyTeam Virtual alliance.
The real-world SkyTeam is comprised of 19 member airlines with access to 1,036+ destinations worldwide. With service to more than 170 countries and nearly 16,000 daily departures, SkyTeam offers more flights and connectivity than ever before.
As members of SkyTeam Virtual, we offer our pilots a weekly “Routes of the Week” schedule allowing members of any rank to log codeshare flights. In addition, our highest-achievable rank allows for pilots to fly any SkyTeam route at their leisure. Finally, being a part of a global alliance makes it possible to host group flights with the wider community.
We are delighted that you are considering being a part of our dedicated team!
In order to join Alitalia Virtual, you must:
- Be at least 13 years old
- Have an active Infinite Flight subscription
- Be Grade 2 or higher
- Have an active IFC account in good standing
- Have flown a minimum of 50 hours on Infinite Flight Live
- Have completed a minimum of 25 landings on Infinite Flight Live
- Pass the entrance exam with a score of 75% or higher
- Have access to Slack
- Be able and willing to log at least 1 flight every two weeks
- Maintain professionalism at all times
Once your application has been reviewed, one of our staff members will contact you here on the Infinite Flight Community to administer your entrance exam. If you pass the exam, you will be invited to join the AZVA Slack. You must then complete a series of check rides with our IFATC-Certified Chief Pilot before being fully integrated into the Alitalia Virtual ranks.