The new Airbus A350-900 of Italian national flag carrier ITA Airways (Italia Trasporto Aereo) on Thursday performed its first flight in the company’s blue livery. The flight took place at the Airbus headquarters in Toulouse.
A latest generation aircraft, the A350 will join the ITA Airways fleet in June to serve the new intercontinental routes that the company will open in the 2022 summer season from Rome Fiumicino to Los Angeles, Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo and Tokyo.
During the first flight, the Airbus A350, featuring the new blue livery of ITA Airways, flew in cruise to complete the preparatory cycle before its entry into operations.
According to a company announcement, the introduction of the Airbus A350 in the ITA Airways fleet represents an important step towards sustainability and is in line with the objectives of the international “Fit for 55” package, whose objectives are shared by the Italian airline.
“ITA Airways is proud to add the Airbus A350 to its fleet, an aircraft which will allow the company to further develop its intercontinental network,” the announcement said.
The environment-friendly Airbus A350 features cutting-edge technology that aims to reduce CO2 emissions by 750,000 tonnes over the 2021-2025 plan timeframe.
The Airbus A350 Family is the world’s most modern and efficient widebody family and an undisputed long-range leader. It is the lightest, quietest, and most efficient aircraft in its category.
Thanks to the new aircraft, ITA Airways will benefit from a 25 percent reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions per seat compared to previous generation aircraft as well as any other aircraft in its category.
ITA Airways is a member of SkyTeam alliance as of October 2021.