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14 November, 2023

ITA Airways takes delivery of its first Airbus A321neo

ITA Airways has taken delivery of its first A321neo on lease from Air Lease Corporation from Airbus’ Hamburg production facilities.  This latest addition further consolidates ITA Airways' all-Airbus fleet strategy, which currently stands at 81 aircraft, and includes the latest generation A220, A320neo, A330neo and A350 aircraft.

ITA Airways’ A321neo,  which will serve the airline’s medium-haul routes, is fitted with a three-class configuration including 12 Business Class full flat beds with direct aisle access, 12 Premium Economy seats in 4-abreast, and 141 Economy seats of which 12 are dedicated to Comfort Economy.

ITA Airways' A321neo aircraft features Airbus' Airspace cabin design, which includes new XL overhead bins and customised interior lighting based on the latest full-LED technologies to help reduce jet lag. In addition, to enhance the passenger experience, each seat is equipped with the latest generation in-flight entertainment system with individual screens and on-demand content.

The A321neo is the largest aircraft in Airbus’ A320neo Family, offering unparalleled range and performance. By incorporating new generation engines and Sharklets, the A321neo brings a 50% noise reduction and more than 20% fuel savings and CO₂ reduction compared to previous generation single-aisle aircraft. Having the widest single-aisle cabin in the sky, the aircraft is the perfect contender for maximising comfort.

To date, more than 5,500 A321neos have been ordered by customers across the globe.


ITA Airways has taken delivery of its first A321neo on lease from Air Lease Corporation

18 October, 2023

Italy to complete ITA deal by the end of October?

The Italian Economy Minister Giancarlo Giorgetti has confirmed that the country will flog off a 41% share in the financially troubled ITA Airways to Lufthansa with the formal notification due by the end of October.  

Speaking at a press conference after presenting Italy's 2024 budget, Giorgetti confirmed the country had also been in talks with European Union competition authorities to secure informal backing for the deal to sell a 41% stake in ITA to Germany's Lufthansa.

Giorgetti said he hoped to go ahead with the formal notification of the deal to Brussels by the end of October after the issue sparked tension between Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni and the EU last month.  Meloni said Brussels had been blocking the deal with Lufthansa, urging the Commission to explain the reason.

17 October, 2023

Second of two Airbus A320neo jets delivered to ITA

BOC Aviation Limited has delivered the second of two new Airbus A320NEO aircraft for lease to Italia Trasporto Aereo S.p.A. - ITA Airways, both aircraft are part of the company’s existing order book.

“We are thrilled to assist ITA Airways as it expands its fleet and develops its network within Italy and internationally,” said Robert Martin, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, of BOC Aviation. “The two A320NEO aircraft that we have delivered to the company represent some of the most technologically advanced and fuel-efficient aircraft currently available.” 

BOC Aviation is a leading global aircraft operating leasing company with a fleet of 681 aircraft owned, managed and on order. Its owned and managed fleet was leased to 93 airlines in 44 countries and regions worldwide as of 30 September 2023. 

The carrier has recently signed up to the CargoWisejoined Connectivity Programme that enables freight forwarders to efficiently plan, book, confirm and manage shipments with the airline, in real-time from within the industry’s leading logistics execution platform CargoWise. 

Emiliana Limosani, Chief Commercial Officer ITA Airways said: “ITA Airways’ growing presence on online cargo booking portals is a key pillar of our business development strategy. This connection to the CargoWise ecosystem further enables this strategy. The air cargo market is extremely dynamic, and we need to be able to respond quickly and accurately to drive customer experiences with ITA Airways. We want to be present with our offer where our customers are, and we encourage our customers to search ITA Airways Cargo offer online through the digital booking platforms we partner with”

07 March, 2023

A new Airbus A320neo to ITA Airways

Total of 5 Airbus A320-200neos to be delivered to ITA Airways in 2023

Avolon, the international aircraft leasing company, has delivered 3 new Airbus A320-200neos to ITA Airways. 

A further 2 aircraft will be delivered later in the year, supporting ITA Airway’s target for its portfolio to comprise 80% new-generation fuel-efficient aircraft by 2026. 

The newly delivered aircraft are the first A320neos in ITA Airway’s fleet. Carrying the company’s striking new blue livery, these aircraft will support its short and medium-haul services in the 2023 summer season. 

Paul Geaney, President and Chief Commercial Officer, Avolon commented: “We are delighted to support ITA Airways with the delivery of the first A320neos in their fleet. One of our core commitments is to help customers make the transition to fuel-efficient new technology aircraft, and this deal demonstrates how a lessor like Avolon can help airlines achieve their sustainability ambitions.” 

Francesco Presicce, Officer, Chief Technology Officer ITA Airways: “The A320neo combines technology and efficiency to deliver 20% less fuel consumption and CO2 emissions per seat compared to previous generation aircraft. It is further enriching ITA Airways modern and environment-friendly fleet, which will feature 80% new generation aircraft by 2026. We are very pleased to be working with Avolon and taking delivery of these new aircraft to serve on our domestic and international network as we look forward to a busy summer 2023.”

17 January, 2023

ITA Airways is enhancing its Rome Fiumicino - New Delhi

ITA Airways is enhancing its Rome Fiumicino - New Delhi direct flight to meet the expected increase in demand, with a new frequency in the first two weeks of March 2023 and from April through May 2023. 

Tickets are already available on all ITA Airways sales channels and at travel agencies, which strongly support this new intercontinental route opened last December and now offers the following schedule:

• From 1 March to 12 March and from 27 March to 31 May 2023, the flight from Rome Fiumicino will be operated four times a week departing every Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2:10 p.m. with arrival in New Delhi the following day at 2:00/1:15 a.m. local time. In the period 13 – 15 March the route will be operated three times a week, departing every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 2:10 p.m. and arriving in New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport at 02:00 a.m., local time.

• From March 1 to March 13 and from April 3 to May 30, 2023, the return flights will be operated with four weekly frequencies every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday departing from New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport at 3:50/3:15 a.m. and arriving in Rome Fiumicino at 8:10/8:15 a.m. From 14 to 23 March and from 26 March to 2 April the flight will be three times a week, every Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday with the same departure/arrival times.

With the introduction of an additional frequency in the direct connection from Rome to New Delhi, ITA Airways is continuing to strengthen the ability to attract connecting customers, tapping into the flows between India and North and South America, Germany, Spain and France. 

With the opening of New Delhi, ITA Airways intercontinental network is steadily growing: in the winter season, the Company is serving a total of 51 destinations, including 9 intercontinental routes, with the recently launched Tokyo-Haneda and Malé (Maldives), joining the long-haul flights to New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Miami, Buenos Aires and São Paulo opened earlier this year.

22 February, 2022

MSC and Lufthansa interested in buying major stake in Italian airline ITA as airline plans new route to London City.

The Italian government is already trying to sell off the newly formed carrier ITA Airways from the ashes of Alitalia. Major cruise company MSC Group has confirmed an interest in taking a majority stake in the new carrier. 

MSC plans to create a partnership with the German airline Lufthansa and the Italian government to take the carrier to the next level. According to travel newspaper TTG, all parties now start a 90-day period of exclusivity when the Italian authorities will examine their proposal.  

MSC added: "MSC Group’s interest derives from the possibility of activating positive synergies for both companies in the cargo and passenger sectors where the MSC Group is a global leader."

"ITA Airways is satisfied that the work carried out in recent months to offer the best prospects to the company is starting to have the expected results, providing for a company recognised as viable for partners of international reputation both in passenger and cargo transport. The Board of Directors will examine the details of the Expression of Interest in an upcoming meeting."

ITA Airways is a company totally owned by the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance which started in November 2020. The airline has a fleet of some 50+ aircraft, including 7 wide-bodies and 45 narrow-bodies aircraft. Later in 2022, the fleet will rise to 78 aircraft, including 13 wide-bodies and 65 narrow-bodies. From 2022, new-generation aircraft will gradually join the fleet replacing old technology aircraft. 

In partnership with German Airways, ITA will start flights from Milan Linate to a number of new destinations such as London City, Luxembourg and Geneva from 28th March 2022.  This agreement will see the German carrier's Embraer E190 operate the flights initially with ITA's own aircraft taking over the sectors at a later date.  The livery of the two wet-leased Embraer E190 will be adorned with the titles "Operated by ITA Airways" and both aircraft will feature the Superior and Economy service classes configuration. 

The Milan Linate - London City route with three flights a day from Mondays to Fridays, one flight on Saturdays and two flights on Sundays. Flights will be departing from Linate at 07:00 a.m., 12:20 p.m. and 5:40 p.m., and from London City at 08:25 a.m., 01:45 p.m. and 7:05 p.m. for a total of 36 round-trip flights a week.

Maren Wolters, Managing Director of German Airways: "We are delighted that ITA is working with us. We can benefit from the excellent reputation that we have hard-earned: We are known as a very reliable service provider with great know-how in the industry. With ITA, another major European airline joins our customer base, which already includes renowned European airlines."

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02 December, 2021

ITA Airways firms up order for 28 Airbus aircraft


ITA Airways, Italy’s new national carrier, has firmed up an order with Airbus for 28 aircraft, including seven A220s, 11 A320neos and 10 A330neos, the latest version of the most popular A330 widebody airliner. The order confirms the Memorandum of Understanding announced on 30th September 2021. In addition, the airline will pursue its plans to lease A350s to complement its fleet modernisation.
“Today the strategic partnership with Airbus takes an important step forward with the finalisation of the order we announced last September. In addition to this agreement, possibilities for further collaboration have emerged, in particular regarding technological developments in the aviation sector and digitalisation, where Airbus is the market leader. All this is part of the actions to achieve our environmental sustainability objectives, " said Alfredo Altavilla, Executive President of ITA Airways.

"We are very proud to partner with ITA Airways in building its long-term future with the most efficient, latest technology Airbus aircraft. This agreement supports ITA Airways business objectives to develop its network in Europe and internationally in the most sustainable way,” said Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer and Head of Airbus International.

These new Airbus aircraft will expand the initial ITA Airways fleet with a new generation aircraft with better environmental performance, equipped with latest technologies and state-of-the-art cabins to guarantee maximum operational efficiencies for the airline and the best comfort to travelers.

01 October, 2021

Air Lease Corp to lease 31 new Airbus aircraft to new Italian airline ITA

The global aircraft leasing giant, Air Lease Corporation confirmed on Thursday 30 September that ITA, the new national airline of Italy, has agreed to lease 31 new ALC aircraft consisting of 15 A220s, two A320neos, nine A321neos and five A330-900neos on long-term lease from ALC’s orderbook with Airbus.  The 31 aircraft will deliver to the airline progressively beginning in the second half of 2022 through early 2025. 

In addition to these 31 ALC Airbus aircraft, ITA has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Airbus for the purchase of 28 new aircraft: 10 Airbus A330neo aircraft for long-haul flights, seven Airbus A220 family regional jets and 11 Airbus A320neo family aircraft (deliveries for the latter to start after the completion of the business plan).

Overall, ITA will lease a total of 56 new Airbus aircraft over the course of the plan (13 long-haul jets, including the ultra-modern Airbus A350-900, and 43 short and medium-haul aircraft).

“Air Lease Corporation is pleased and proud to be the launch Lessor for ITA to supply the new airline 31 new Airbus jet aircraft, including the most modern A220 and A320/321neo family jets, as well the latest environmentally friendly widebody aircraft on long-term operating leases from ALC’s orderbook.  These transactions will allow ITA to operate the most technologically advanced new aircraft to cover ITA’s European and Intercontinental route network with great efficiency,” said Steven F. Udvar-Házy, Executive Chairman of Air Lease Corporation.  “We look forward to a long-term successful partnership,” he said.

The Executive Chairman of ITA, Alfredo Altavilla, said: “The strategic partnership with Airbus and ALC is crucial for ITA to jumpstart our Business Plan aiming at achieving our targets of a new environmental-friendly fleet with significantly lower operating and leasing costs.  I want to thank both Christian Scherer, CCO of Airbus, and Steven F. Udvar-Házy, Executive Chairman of Air Lease Corporation, for their trust in the future of our brand-new airline.” 

“ITA has done a thorough clean sheet aircraft evaluation and has chosen Airbus across all segments.  This is very gratifying and a testimony of the great value of the Airbus product range.  It sets a benchmark in driving the decarbonization and efficiency agenda.  From the start, we have been working closely with ITA, listening carefully to their requirements.  Today we are proud and grateful to be alongside ITA in building its future together.  Grazie Mille!" said Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer and Head of Airbus International.

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