In service since April, the new Italian airline Aeroitalia has leased three Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets from Air Lease Corporation, with delivery expected between the beginning of next year and the end of 2024.
“We are very pleased to announce this placement of three new Boeing 737-8 aircraft with Aeroitalia,” said Steven F. Udvar–Házy, Executive Chairman of Air Lease Corporation. “The capabilities of the Boeing 737-8 will greatly enhance Aeroitalia’s operational efficiency and expanding fleet with the most modern, fuel-efficient aircraft.”
Aeroitalia’s fleet currently comprises five Boeing 737-800 NG jets, in addition to using two ATR-72-600 turboprops from a third-party company.
Although it has been operating for a few months, the Italian company will start selling tickets for regular flights to Italy and other European countries from November. For now, the company only offers charter flights.
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Aeroitalia was created earlier this year on the initiative of Germam Efromovich, a businessman who intends to take advantage of the vacuum left in the market by Alitalia, a traditional company that closed its doors in 2021, replaced by ITA Airways.
The Bolivian-born founder is a well-known name in the Latin American aviation market along with his brother José, with whom he founded the defunct OceanAir – which operated under the name Avianca Brasil until it went bankrupt in 2019.
As the controller of the Synergy Group, Germam Efromovich also took charge of Colombia’s Avianca Holdings, but was excluded from the company after breaching an agreement to cover a loan from United Airlines.
Aeroitalia has become the new business of Efromovich, who in recent years has made several forays into the air travel market in Italy. In 2020, the businessman tried to buy Alitalia, but the company was liquidated by the Italian government before the deal was concluded. He also tried to invest in the airline Air Italy, which was defunct in 2018.