Rome, November 3rd, 2023 – The new ITA Airways Milan Linate – London City Airport nonstop flight, operated with the new Airbus A220-100, departed today at 7:00 a.m, with the smallest jet liner among the new generation Airbus commercial aircraft, completely configured for the Company.
“I am proud of this first ITA Airways Milan Linate – London City flight, operated with the new Airbus A220-100” said Francesco Presicce, ITA Airways Accountable Manager and Chief Technology Officer. “Today’s entry into the fleet of the new Airbus is another major milestone achieved by the Company, which currently boasts 82 aircraft, including new generation units such as the A220, A320neo, A330neo and A350. The significance of this achievement is the result of the contribution and determination demonstrated by the entire Company, which has shown passion and courage. We are ready for ambitious new challenges by aiming for a fleet composed of 90 percent next-generation aircraft by the 2023-2027 Plan term.”
The new A220-100 is named after Fiona May, an award-winning world long-jump champion and Olympic silver medalist. Its small size makes it particularly suitable for flying to London City, an airport where operating conditions require the use of smaller aircraft equipped with special technologies. It features innovative elements which make the flying experience comfortable, relaxing, and enjoyable for passengers, thanks to wider seats, new custom lighting, larger windows, and roomier overhead bins. The cabin, with interiors designed by Walter De Silva, offers 125 seats and is configured in Business and Economy service classes, with Safran leather recliners in blue and cabin beige tones, equipped with USB power outlets.
The A220-100 is also provided with a Wi-Fi connectivity system through which travelers can use packages modulated to suit their needs: messaging, mailing and streaming. The new aircraft also contributes to ITA Airways’ commitment to sustainability, a key pillar for the Company, thanks to its fuel consumption and CO₂ emissions per seat which are 25 percent lower than previous generation short-haul aircraft.
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Pietro Caldaroni, Head of Communication and Institutional Relations