Airlines ITA Airways firms up order for 28 Airbus aircraft

Italy´s new flag-carrier ITA Airways has officially firmed up an order with Airbus over 28 aircraft.

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After having signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the manufacturer this fall, ITA Airways has now firmed up its commitment for 28 Airbus aircraft. The order consists of seven A220s, eleven A320neos and ten A330neos.

At the end of September this year, ITA had confirmed its plans to grow its fleet over the next years. Until 2025, the carrier seeks to operate with a fleet of over 50 Airbus aircraft. After having signed leasing agreements with 31 aircraft, this firm commitment with the manufacturer underlines ITA´s ambition to grow in the future.

Alfredo Altavilla, Executive President of ITA Airways, commented: “Today the strategic partnership with Airbus takes an important step forward with the finalization 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 digitalization, where Airbus is the market leader. All this is part of the actions to achieve our environmental sustainability objectives.”

Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer and Head of Airbus International, added: “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,”

In addition to the firm order for the 28 aircraft, ITA Airways has also concrete plans to integrate Airbus A350s into its fleet. The long-haul aircraft is one of the most advanced aircraft in the segment and will give ITA new options for routes and destinations.

Overall are all ordered aircraft modern and full of technological advantages. The newer generation aircraft feature aerodynamical enhancements and modern, more fuel-efficient engines. This allows the carrier to operate more cost-efficiently and sustainable.

Source © airbus.com

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