ITA Airways, the new state-owned flag carrier of Italy, unveiled its second aircraft sporting the new blue livery, with the blue color chosen as a symbol of unity, cohesion, and pride of the country and representative of sports and the Italian national team. The aircraft rudder is decorated with the Tricolor, while the blue background boasts the logo of ITA Airways and some icons inspired by Italy’s artistic heritage.
The second aircraft unveiled is an Airbus A319 dedicated to Pietro Mennea, aka Arrow of the South, a world-famous sprinter and Olympic champion. Pietro won the gold in Moscow and is the only 200-meter sprinter to qualify for five consecutive Olympic Games (1972 to 1988). He is also the holder of two important records set in 1979: the world record for the 200 meters run in 19.72 seconds, beaten in 1996 but still a record at the European level after more than 40 years; and the European record for the 100 meters run, topped at a national level only in 2018.
The Airbus A319 dedicated to Pietro Mennea joins the carrier’s fleet just a few weeks after the debut of the Airbus A320, named after Paolo Rossi. It will be operational starting tomorrow, January 14.
ITA Airways continues its strategy of naming new aircraft after great Italian athletes. One of the pillars in the company’s business plan is to put the customer at the center, and that is why the new carrier invited fans on its social networks to choose the names of the champions for the upcoming aircraft to soon join its fleet.