The project developed in collaboration with Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana was presented today during an international press conference held at the Martin Luther King JR Memorial Library Auditorium in Washington D.C.
In its role of ambassador of Italian excellence in the world, ITA Airways, has supported the initiative – which has the patronage of the Italian Embassy and the Italian Cultural Institute in Washington D.C. – by transporting on board its flights from Rome Fiumicino’s Leonardo da Vinci airport to Washington Dulles, the delegation of Confindustria and a selection of 12 autograph pages belonging to Leonardo’s Codex Atlanticus which are works of unparalleled artistic and historical value and will be on display from today until 20th August at the Martin Luther King JR Memorial Library.
As a specialist in the management of sensitive shipments, the ITA Airways Cargo team carried out this exceptional operation, taking care of, beside transportation under the maximum security, the critical phases of palletization, custody, and transfer in a temperature-controlled environment, ensuring compliance with the particular requisites to preserve the integrity of this exceptional artwork.
“ITA Airways is honored to serve as a worldwide ambassador of Made in Italy. We are committed, since our birth, to representing and showcasing the best of Italian Excellence by helping to export the style and image of Italy, internationally recognized as the cradle of culture and art. In the light of this natural inclination and mission of ours, we are proud to have been chosen by Confindustria as Official Carrier of the event held to mark the opening of their new office in Washington – said Emiliana Limosani, Chief Commercial Officer of ITA Airways and CEO of Volare, adding – Our Company feels privileged to be a part of this historic event and I also wish to highlight how our main hub is aptly named after Leonardo Da Vinci, a genius recognized worldwide”.
ITA Airways and the US capital also link up in terms of operations: on 2 June the new, direct Washington – Rome roundtrip flight was launched, which will be initially operated with five weekly flights, and will become daily from August 1 to cover the high season. Washington is a much-desired destination, for both leisure and business travelers, thanks to the presence of the local and international business community, which will use the new connection as a direct access to Italy, Europe, and the entire Mediterranean region. The new route is already proving very successful, with a high load factor on both the inbound and outbound flight.
Washington is only the first step in ITA Airways’ network expansion: 2023 will be a year of major investments in the intercontinental market, with 3 new destinations from Rome Fiumicino, besides Washington, to San Francisco from July 1 and Rio de Janeiro from October 29. The new long-haul flights represent a key pillar of the company’s overall strategy, because besides generating revenue they also increase short-haul operations, helping to increase the intercontinental network capacity twofold. The United States is ITA Airways’ number one international market and the most strategic, after Italy, as well as the country with the largest number of citizens with Italian origins. Therefore, direct flights from North America to Italy are not only itineraries for leisure and business travel but also a means of reaching out to and connecting with the broader Italian community in the U.S. With direct flights to New York, Miami, Boston, Los Angeles, Washington and San Francisco, ITA Airways will operate 122 weekly roundtrip flights between North America and Italy in the height of the summer season. Thanks to the codeshare agreement with Delta, ITA Airways customers will be able to access more than 100 domestic destinations through the U.S. airline’s domestic hubs, with 40 destinations served through New York JFK and an equally significant number of connections from Boston, Miami, Los Angeles, Washington, and San Francisco, which can meet the needs of most business and leisure travelers.
Tickets for all the company’s flights can be purchased at ita-airways.com, at travel agencies and airport ticket offices, and via the ITA Airways call center.
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.