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Alitalia flies Pope Francis to Armenia

Pope Francis is set to take off from Rome tomorrow morning at 9am for an apostolic journey to Armenia on Alitalia flight AZ4000.

The Pontiff will be greeted at Fiumicino airport by the Italian airline’s Chairman, Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, and CEO Cramer Ball.

The landing in the Armenian capital city of Yerevan is scheduled for 3.00pm, local time.

The day after, June 25, the Holy Father will travel to  the city of Gyumri traveling with His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of all the Armenians. This is the first flight ever to have two important religious authorities on board. 

The Papal visit will end on Sunday June 26 when Pope Francis arrives back in Rome at 8.40pm.

The Alitalia flight will be operated with an Airbus A321 aircraft. Operations will be supervised by Captain Luca Crugnola, Alitalia's Head of Fleet A320 series, 53 and the aircraft flown by both Captain Roberto Piumarta, 50, and First Officer Aldo Ubaldi, 37.  There will be six cabin crew on board the flights. 

Representatives of both the Italian and international press will travel on board and they will be welcomed by an Alitalia team dedicated to special flights. 

Alitalia has been the airline of choice for overseas Papal flights since 1964, when Pope Paul VI visited the Holy Land. 
The visit to Armenia will be the 155th apostolic flight with Alitalia.