ITA Airways becomes first Italian A-350 operator
It is the 40th one of this model
ITA Airways, Italy’s new national carrier, has taken delivery of its first A-350, becoming the 40th operator of the type. The aircraft, which is on lease from ALAFCO, landed for the first time in Italy at Rome-Fiumicino "Leonardo da Vinci" International Airport on Wednesday evening.
Its A-350 cabin is configured in a two-class layout, with 334 seats comprising 33 full lie-flat bed Business and 301 Economy seats.
The airline's model will start operations early June 2022 to serve the new intercontinental routes that the company will open in the Summer season from Rome-Fiumicino to Los Angeles, Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo.
In December 2021, the Italian carrier firmed up an order for 28 Airbus, including 18 Single Aisle (seven A-220s, 11 A-320neos) and 10 A-330neos, the latest version of the A-330 widebody airliner. Moreover, the airline already leased more than 50 additional new generation Airbus aircraft, six of which are A-350s, to complement their fleet modernisation.
The A-350’s clean-sheet design features state-of-the-art aerodynamics, fuselage and wings made of advanced materials, plus the most fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines. Together, these latest technologies translate into levels of operational efficiency and sustainability for ITA Airways, with a reduction in fuel-burn and CO2 emissions compared to previous generation airplanes.
AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency