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Pope Francis flies to Lisbon with ITA Airways' airplane

A-320 will depart from Rome-Fiumicino next Wednesday in the morning

On World Youth Day, the Holy Father will depart on August 2nd at 07:50 am from Rome-Fiumicino to Figo Maduro air base in Lisbon, traveling with ITA Airways.

ITA Airways has chosen the A-320neo with a new light blue livery to accompany the Holy Father on his trip. It is a technological and efficient aircraft, providing 20% lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions per passenger than previous-generation aircraft.

As usual, the flight will depart from Terminal 5 at "Leonardo da Vinci" Airport, with landing scheduled for 10:00 am local time.

Welcoming the Holy Father on board at Fiumicino Airport will be ITA Airways President Antonino Turicchi, ITA Airways CEO and General Manager Fabio Maria Lazzerini, and ITA Airways Chief Commercial Officer and Volare CEO Emiliana Limosani. The supervisor of onboard activities will be Commander Corrado Di Maria, with 18,000 flight hours of experience; the total crew will be of 9 people, including 3 pilots and 6 flight attendants, joined by the ITA Airways team dedicated to special flights. As usual, in addition to the papal delegation, representatives of the Italian and international press will travel with Pope Francis.

It is an honor and a source of great pride for ITA Airways to accompany the Holy Father on his Apostolic Journey under the banner of sustainability.

On this trip, ITA Airways has prepared a plan that contemplates the efficiency of operational procedures, the use of SAF (Sustainable Airline 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