ITA Airways takes to skies in blue and white, Alitalia logo

New slimmed down Italian carrier starts operating

(ANSA) - ROME, OCT 15 - Italy's new ITA Airways took the skies for the first time on Friday with new blue planes sporting white wings and the logo of its previous and bigger incarnation, Alitalia, on the tail.
    CEO Fabio Lazzerini said ITA had bought the logo for 90 million euros.
    The first flight, from Mila Linate to Bari, touched down at 07:35.
    A protest by over 400 Alitalia workers who have been picketing Fiumicino Airport for 47 days continued.
    Lazzerini told a press conference ITA was starting up with 52 planes and would raise that number to 76 next year.
    Chairman Alfredo Altavilla said ITA "is not being born to remain alone forever".
    He confirmed a break-even target of 2023. (ANSA).


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