The Ente Nazionale per l’Aviazione Civile (ENAC), Italy’s civil aviation authority, issued on Wednesday the Air Operator Certificate (AOC) for Italia Trasporto Aereo (ITA), the new airline that will replace Alitalia on October 15th.
“The ITA can take off,” said the President of the National Civil Aviation Authority, State Attorney Pierluigi Di Palma.
“It is expected that the new national reference company will contribute to the relaunch of the sector, making a decisive contribution to overcoming the difficulties arising from the pandemic crisis. ENAC will continue to fulfill its institutional and technical mission of ensuring the operational start of the ITA, ensuring respect for public interests and passenger rights, essential elements of the air transport business,” concluded ENAC.
To carry out the certification flights, ITA used the Airbus A330-200 EI-EJN, which has been part of Alitalia’s fleet since 2012.
ITA received the ITY code from ICAO and is expected to debut with 52 aircraft, the majority belonging to Alitalia. The goal, however, is to renew its fleet from 2022 onwards.
The new Italian carrier plans to close a very large order for new planes and is negotiating with Boeing and Airbus to do this. There would be 81 new generation aircraft in a deal that is expected to reach $5.3 billion.