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ITA Airways selects Safran wheels and carbon brakes for its Airbus A350 and A320neo fleets


London/Rome, October 20, 2022

ITA Airways, the new national Italian carrier aiming to become the Europe's greenest airline by 2026, has selected Safran Landing Systems wheels and carbon brakes to equip its six Airbus A350 and twenty A320neo fleets.

Safran Landing Systems A350 and A320neo equipment both provide a significant weight advantage compared to competing products, contributing to ITA Airways’ objective and commitment to minimize its environmental footprint and by saving more than 300 tons of CO2 emissions per year across its fleet. The A350 equipment also features a unique design that provides faster cooling for shorter TurnAround Times (TAT) and increased fleet availability. Safran Landing Systems wheels and brakes are the undisputed market leader thanks to unparalleled reliability and performance and they equip over 11,000 aircraft to date.

Alessio Leone, Head of Maintenance Operations at ITA Airways, said: “We share a long-standing collaboration of trust with Safran Landing Systems. Their wheels and carbon brakes are the ideal solution, not only in regard to our performance and maintenance costs requirements but also because they offer an important weight reduction and we are confident to confirm endurance benefits that are in line with our sustainable strategy and “Born To Be Sustainable” claim. We are committed to our customers to become the Europe's greenest air carrier by 2026 and Safran helps us to do that.”

Nicolas Potier, Executive Vice President of wheels & brakes division in Safran Landing Systems, added: “We are delighted to expand our partnership with ITA Airways, of which we already support 50 Airbus A319/A320 airplanes. Moreover, we are very proud to help them support their sustainable development model, including a progressive fleet modernization. ITA Airways and Safran share common values and have both embraced the same goal: favor the advent of a sustainable aviation within the next decades.”

This contract will also benefit from Landing LifeTM, the Safran Landing Systems tailored, responsive, reliable and cost-effective support services.


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Safran is an international high-technology group operating in the aviation (propulsion, equipment and interiors), space and defense markets. Its core purpose is to contribute to a safer, more sustainable world where air transport is more environmentally friendly, comfortable and accessible. Safran has a global presence, with 76,800 employees and sales of 15.3 billion euros in 2021 and holds, alone or in partnership, world or regional leadership positions in its core markets. Safran is listed on the Euronext Paris stock exchange and is part of the CAC 40 and Euro Stoxx 50 indices.

Safran Landing Systems is the world leader in aircraft landing and braking systems. Its expertise covers the entire lifecycle of its products, from design and manufacturing to maintenance and repair. The company has partnerships with more than 25 airframers in civil, regional, commercial and military transport, supporting more than 32,000 aircraft and making over 80,000 landings every day.

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About ITA Airways

ITA Airways is a company totally owned by the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance for the exercise of business in the air transport sector. ITA Airways aims at creating an efficient and innovative air carrier that will become a reference point in providing Italy with quality connectivity both in terms of international destinations, thus boosting tourism and foreign trade, and within the Country, also taking advantage of the train-air integrated mobility. ITA Airways will place the best customer service at the center of its strategy (through a strong digitization of processes that ensure a best-in-class experience and personalized services), combined with sustainability, in its environmental (new green and technologically advanced aircraft, use of sustainable fuels), social (equality and inclusion for a gender-neutral company) and governance (integration of sustainability into internal strategies and processes) aspects. ITA Airways is a member of SkyTeam alliance as of October 2021.

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