Alitalia, an early flight, and the dreaded Terminal 5

Hi friends, I have been reading up on Ron In Rome's fantastic blog, and am hoping he, or someone, can help with my question.
Ron states that "US flagged flights" all fly out of T5, and that they do not leave before 9:30AM. Does "flagged" mean any flight headed to the US without an EU layover; or that they have to be a US based company? (or something else?). I fly Delta operated by Alitalia, from Rome direct to LA. My departure time is listed at 9:15AM. Does this sound like a T5 departure? Thanks, Cat.

Posted by Harold
New York, NY, USA
2852 posts

"operated by Alitalia" That's the key phrase. The answer is no. Your flight will be out of T3, not T5.

Posted by Roberto
Fremont, CA, USA
3342 posts

I concur. It's T3.
You are flying Alitalia, not Delta. Delta is only the code share.

Posted by Cat
Paia, HI, USA
141 posts

Thank you both for the replies! This is exactly what I was hoping to hear :)

Posted by Nigel
East Midlands, England
8756 posts

US flagged flights means US flag flights, which means aircraft with US flags on them, in other words operated by US carriers.