Continental and Alitalia Begin Code Sharing

SkyTeam alliance members Continental Airlines and Alitalia are beginning to code share; they are two of nine carriers in SkyTeam, which also includes Aeromexico, Air France, Czech Airlines, Delta Air Lines, KLM, Korean Air and Northwest Airlines. Effective immediately, Continental will place its code (CO) on the following Alitalia flights: between Rome/Milan and Bari, Brindisi, Catania, Florence, Lamezia Terme, Naples, Palermo, Pisa, Trieste and Venice, Italy; between Rome and Bologna, Genoa, Reggio di Calabria, Turin and Verona, Italy; and between Rome/Milan and Tirana, Albania. These flights will connect with Continental's daily non-stop services between New York/Newark and both Rome and Milan. At the same time, Alitalia will place its code (AZ) on Continental flights between New York/Newark and 11 U.S. destinations: Cleveland, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland (Oregon), San Francisco and Seattle, as well as Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. These flights will connect with Alitalia's daily nonstop services between Rome and Milan and New York/Newark. Customers traveling on connecting CO/AZ itineraries are able to have single check-in for all flights, including the issuance of boarding passes and checked baggage to their final destination. Additional code-sharing routes between the two airlines are in the works.