Flying on Your Next School Trip to Italy
When you are flying on your next school trip to Italy you will most likely fly on aircraft capable of reaching far beyond your destination of Milan, Rome or Venice.
Today most airlines now use twin engine planes for trans oceanic routes. These aircraft are certified for ‘etops’ (Extended-range Twin-engine Operational Performance Standards). E-tops certification allows aircraft to fly within 180 minutes of an alternate airport flying on one engine.
The first nonstop transatlantic flight was in 1919 on a Vickers Vimy aircraft that flew from St-John’s Newfoundland to Galway in the Connemara region of Ireland. This flight took almost 16 hours to complete, on two piston engines.
Not to worry, flight times today are much much shorter. If the winds are good an eastbound crossing can sometimes take less than 4.5 hours to cross over to the UK. For your school trip to Italy it may mean arriving in 6-7 hours. It’s always a little longer on the return leg as your plane has to fly against the stronger easterly winds. It can add an hour to your flight time.
Four engined aircraft are becoming a rare commodity. As they are more expensive to operate and dedicated to much longer routes over 10-12 hours and more. Today the efficiency, capability and reliability of these new engines make it so you will most likely fly on a twin engined aircraft on your next school trip to Italy.
Air travel to Italy is commonly on an Airbus 330s and Boeing 757 and 767s and now 787’s . These are the most popular aircraft for the routes serving travelers on their school trip to Italy. Their capacity ranges from the 180 passengers to 250 in some cases depending on the configuration of the cabin.
The flag carrier airline of Italy is Alitalia. On your next trip to Italy with GO you might fly on one of their airplanes.
Recently a new Boeing aircraft entered service for United and American airlines, the 787. It is a revolutionary aircraft. The design includes a carbon fiber hull and newly redesigned wings and new GEnX engines to make it more efficient by over 20% over existing aircraft of that category.
So when you are planning your school trip to Italy for your students you will know a little more about the flight portion of your trip.