Recently launched Italian flag carrier ITA Airways has confirmed an order for 28 Airbus narrow and wide-bodied aircraft.
The airline signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Airbus in September, and has now placed a firm order for seven A220s, 11 A320 neos and ten A330 neo aircraft.
Recent reports in the Italian media suggest ITA will also take delivery of four A350 aircraft in June 2022, and Airbus said in a statement this week that the carrier “will pursue its plans to lease A350s to complement its fleet modernisation”.
ITA launched operations on October 15, following the closure of its predecessor Alitalia, and later that month joined the Skyteam alliance (of which Alitalia had been a member) – although executive president and board member Alfredo Altavilla has been quoted as saying that ITA would be keen to join Lufthansa Group.
Commenting on the Airbus order Altavilla said:
“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.”