Rome, November 24, 2015 – An Alitalia Airbus A330 aircraft will host Pope Francis tomorrow on an Apostolic journey to Africa, his first visit to the continent.
The aircraft will leave Rome Fiumicino in the morning and fly south to the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.
Alitalia will also fly the Pope to Entebbe in Uganda on November 27 and to Bangui in Central Africa Republic on November 29. Pope Francis will return to Rome on November 30.
The Pope’s flights will be operated by a new Alitalia aircraft that features a new livery design and renovated cabin interiors. The Airbus A330-200 is a long-haul aircraft with 250 seat capacity, a flight range of 11,000 kms and a cruising speed of 900 kmh.
Four Alitalia pilots will fly the aircraft throughout the Papal visit to Africa: Paolo La Cava, Alberto Colautti, Claudio Ballanti and Federico Marafon. The four pilots have between them 52,000 hours of flying experience.
Also on board the Papal aircraft there will be Italian and international media representatives.
Alitalia has been the Vatican’s chosen air carrier for Papal visits overseas since 1964 when Pope Paul the Sixth flew to the Holy Land.