Cost Cutting Alitalia Style

Passengers boarding Alitalia flight 614 from Boston to Rome may be in for a little culture shock. The crew on board Alitalia's shiny, new Boeing 767 will probably greet travelers with a "G'day" rather than a "Buon giorno." That's because nearly the entire crew, like the plane, is Australian, not Italian. Since Feb. 1, both are on lease from Australia's Ansett Worldwide Aviation Services, the Down Under aircraft-leasing operation controlled by media magnate Rupert Murdoch.

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