ITA Airways plans to fly to South America for the first time, deploying its first Airbus A350-900 aircraft there. From getting its A350 ready with a fresh paint job to leasing more planes and launching services to the United States, Italy's new flag airline has seen a lot of new events recently. The carrier's South American services, according to the latest reports, will commence in little over a month.
This summer, Italian airline ITA Airways plans to expand its network into the Southern Hemisphere. The carrier will connect Rome–Fiumicino International Airport with Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo, according to ch-aviation.
From the first week of June, it will resume service between the two cities previously served by its predecessor Alitalia. While there has been no official notification from ITA, these flights are now available for booking on the carrier's website.
Starting June 2nd, the airline will travel to Buenos Aires five times a week, before increasing the frequency to daily on August 1st. Similarly, service to Sao Paulo will begin on June 1st and gradually rise to once daily service beginning August 1st.
These flights will be operated by ITA using long-range A350-900 aircraft. We recently saw the carrier's A350 jet for the first time in its new characteristic Savoy blue livery, which is named after Italian footballer and head coach Marcello Lippi. The jet was meant to be delivered to Hong Kong Airlines, however it was never picked up.
ITA is presently awaiting the arrival of many planes, including 11 Airbus A220s that were bought expressly to service Europe's shorter regional routes. The airline has leased two Embraer E190 planes from German Airways for three profitable routes: London City, Luxembourg, and Geneva. It does expect to return the Embraer planes as soon as it receives its A220s, though.