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Pope Francis flies to Mongolia with ITA Airways

Departure today in the afternoon on the A-330 airplane

The Holy Father will depart today on 31 August at 6:30 pm from Rome-Fiumicino Airport for Ulaanbataar - Chinggis Khan International Airport. For this Apostolic Journey, he will be travelling on an ITA Airways flight with zero CO2 environmental impact.

The Italian carrier has chosen the A-330, with the new blue livery, to transport the Holy Father on his trip. As usual, the flight will depart from Terminal 5 at "Leonardo da Vinci Airport", with landing scheduled at 10:00 am local time. The Holy Father is scheduled to return to Rome-Fiumicino on 4 September at 12:00, local time. 

Welcoming the Holy Father on board at Fiumicino Airport will be Antonino Turicchi, President of ITA Airways, Andrea Benassi, General Manager of ITA Airways and Emiliana Limosani, Chief Commercial Officer of ITA Airways and CEO of Volare. Commander Riccardo Privitera, Chief of Flight Operations, who has been flying Airbus aircraft since 1997 and is qualified to fly A-320 Family, A-330 and A-350 aircraft, will be the flight supervisor. The crew will consist of nine people, including three pilots and six flight attendants, joined by the ITA Airways team dedicated to special flights.

It is an honour and a source of great pride for the airline to accompany the Holy Father on his Apostolic Journey.

The carrier has prepared a plan for this trip that takes into consideration the efficiency of operational procedures, the use of SAF (Sustainable Aviation Fuel) for an amount equal to 0.5 percent of the refueling needed for flights, and the full offsetting of emissions that cannot be eliminated through participation in a Gold Standard certified CO2 reduction project.

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency