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Pope Francis will arrive in Dubai on December 1 to attend the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP28) on the carbon-neutral aircraft of the Italian airline ITA Airways.
The Pope will depart Rome Fiumicino at 11:30 a.m. and will land at Dubai World Central Airport at 8:25 p.m. United Arab Emirates time, accompanied by representatives of the Italian and international media.
The Pope had previously said he would spend three days in Dubai for climate talks.
“I think I will leave on the first (of December) and stay until the 3rd. I will be there (for) three days,” the pontiff said in an interview with the Italian television network RAI.
According to a schedule previously released by the Vatican, Pope Francis will have almost a full day of bilateral meetings with world leaders attending the COP28 climate conference.
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Many world leaders, including King Charles, will attend the event.
The 87-year-old pontiff will be welcomed on board at Fiumicino Airport by the senior team of ITA Airways, including its president Antonino Turicchi, CEO Andrea Benassi and Volare’s commercial director and CEO Emiliana Limosani.
14 crew members on board
To take care of the Pope and the delegation accompanying him, a crew of 14 members, including 4 pilots and 10 flight attendants, and an ITA Airways team dedicated to special flights have joined the flight.
The supervisor of onboard activities will be Commander Corrado Di María who has 18,000 flight hours of experience.
The Italian flag carrier will operate the highly efficient Airbus A330neo aircraft to take Pope to the world’s largest gathering of sustainability leaders and experts.
The Airbus A330neo operates with 25 percent less fuel consumption and CO2 emissions per passenger than previous generation aircraft.
The airline has developed a plan that takes into account the efficiency of operating procedures, the use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in an amount equivalent to 0.5 percent of the refueling required for flights and the full offset of emissions that cannot be deleted. through participation in a Gold Standard certified CO2 reduction project.
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