The new Italian flag carrier that filled the void left by Alitalia’s implosion has been gradually incorporating into its fleet more and more URL capable planes. Initially it only owned some Alitalia inherited, old, Airbus A330-200. However it now owns some new and interesting new planes that have enable it to open some particularly long routes from its hub in Rome Fiumicino Airport. So today we’ll look into which are ITA Airways’ 5 longest routes in 2023.
ITA Airways 5 Longest Routes
|Flight Number||Departure Airport||Airport Code||Arrival Airport||Airport Code||Distance (KM)||Flight Duration|
|AZ680||Rome Fiumicino||FCO||Buenos Aires||EZE||11.155||14h 00min|
|AZ620||Rome Fiumicino||FCO||Los Angeles||LAX||10.203||12h 50min|
|AZ792||Rome Fiumicino||FCO||Tokyo Haneda||HND||9.891||12h 30min|
|AZ674||Rome Fiumicino||FCO||Sao Paulo||GRU||9.433||12h 20min|
|AZ672||Rome Fiumicino||FCO||Rio de Janeiro||GIG||9.171||12h 15min|
Four out of the 5 longest routes currently operated by ITA Airways connect the airline’s hub in Rome Fiumicino (FCO) to destinations in North and South America. All 4 of these flight numbers start with the number 6 which is used by ITA to mark American continent flights. If you want to read more about how airlines number flights, you can do so here.
The only flight among the 5 longest ITA services that isn’t directed to the Americas is the Rome Fiumicino (FCO) to Tokyo Haneda (HND) flight.
Taking a closer look at flights to the Americas, 3 flights serve South America, while only 1 North America. Prior to November 2023 there used to be 2 flights each, but with services commencing between Rome and Rio de Janeiro, Miami was pushed out of the top 5 standings.
Which Planes Does ITA Used for These ULR Routes?
Currently the airline owns 3 aircraft types ULR capable planes:
- Airbus A350-900
- Airbus A330-200
- Airbus A330-900
Gradually more Airbus A330-900neo will enter service with the Italian carrier and the ageing and very tired A330-200s will be eventually phased out. This can’t happen soon enough as the mere presence of these old A330-200s previously operated by Alitalia create a huge product discrepancy with the much newer new generation jets.
Both the older A330-200 and the newer A330-900s are fitted with a 3 class cabin configuration (Business, Premium Economy and Economy Class). The A350-900 on the other hand only have 2 travel classes installed (Business and Economy Class).