Aeronautica Militare Italiana (IAM, Rome Ciampino) has taken delivery of an A340-500 for use in Italian government VIP operations. The aircraft, I-TALY (cn 748), arrived at Rome Fiumicino on February 1 following a period maintenance and cabin conversion at Abu Dhabi Int'l.

According to the ItaliaVola flight blog, the aircraft, though of Etihad Airways (EY, Abu Dhabi Int'l) stock, is in fact leased by the Italian Ministry of Defence from Alitalia (AZ, Rome Fiumicino) which is responsible for its maintenance.

Other VIP-configured aircraft in the Italian government's inventory include three A319(CJ)s.