ITA Airways began flights between Rome and São Paulo, Brazil, with its largest aircraft, the Airbus A350-900. The first flight with the 334-seat aircraft took place on Thursday, arriving in the largest Brazilian city in the early hours of Friday.
For now, the A350 will rotate daily between the two destinations with the A330-200, which debuted on the route in June. Initially, the São Paulo-Rome flight was operated five times a week, but since August 1st it has been operating every day.
The A350-900 is already used by ITA in international destinations such as Los Angeles and Buenos Aires. Currently, the Italian airline operates five aircraft of the type, all leased. A sixth A350 should be added soon.
In addition, ITA Airways will receive 10 A330-900s ordered directly from Airbus in addition to two other jets of the model leased from AerCap and expected to be delivered between 2023 and 2024.
In addition to the A350, the Italian carrier has eight A330-200s inherited from Alitalia, but which will have to be replaced as the new ones are delivered.
ITA is undergoing a process of auctioning the shareholding control by the Italian government. The most likely competitor to take over the airline is Lufthansa and the maritime operator MSC.