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

An ITA Airays Airbus aircraft taxiing at Hamburg Airport.
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LONDON – ITA Airways, the new national Italian flag carrier, has selected Safran Landing Systems wheels and carbon brakes to equip its six Airbus A350 and twenty A320neo fleets.

The airline has a stated objective of becoming Europe’s greenest airline by 2026, and the move to Safran products is in keeping with that goal.

Safran wheels and brakes – a greener alternative

Safran Landing Systems A350 and A320neo equipment both provide a significant weight advantage compared to competing products.

Relevantly, this will contribute to ITA Airways’ objective and commitment to minimize its environmental footprint – effectively 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 TAT and increased fleet availability. Safran Landing Systems wheels and brakes are a market leader, thanks to their unparalleled reliability and performance. They have equipped over 11,000 aircraft to date.

ITA Airways statement

Alessio Leone, Head of Maintenance Operations at ITA Airways, said: “We share a longstanding 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.”

“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.”

Safran management statement

Nicolas Potier, Executive Vice President of wheels & brakes division in Safran Landing Systems, added: “We are delighted to perpetuate our long partnership with ITA Airways, of which we already support 50 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.

About Safran

Safran is an international high-technology group operating in the aviation (propulsion, equipment and interiors), space and defense markets.

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 2 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.

About ITA Airways

Italia Trasporto Aereo S.p.A., trading as ITA Airways, is the state-owned flag carrier airline of Italy. It is fully owned by the Government of Italy via the Ministry of Economy and Finance.

The airline currently operates to over 60 scheduled domestic, European, and a few intercontinental destinations. ITA Airways is a member of the SkyTeam global airline alliance.

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