Airbus has completed the first A330-900neo that will be delivered to ITA Airways. The Italian carrier shared images of the new widebody on its social media days ago.
The aircraft, MSN 2035 and future registration EI-HJN, should enter service in early June to destinations such as New York, Miami, Delhi and São Paulo, in Brazil.
ITA Airways has ordered 10 A330-900neo in an order that also includes A320neo and A220 aircraft. The first of them has already been named: he will be called “Gelindo Bordin”, an Italian marathon runner who was a gold medalist at the Seoul Olympics in 1988.
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After ground checks, the A330neo with provisional registration F-WWYO is expected to make its maiden flight in the coming weeks at Airbus headquarters in Toulouse, France.
The entry into service of the A330neo is symbolic for ITA Airways as this will be its first new widebody. So far, Alitalia’s successor has introduced six second-hand A350-900s.
The A330-900neo, however, will have capacity for 291 passengers against 339 seats for the A350. The cabin will be configured with three classes of service, with 30 seats in business, 24 in premium economy and 237 in economy.
According to Planespotters, there are another five A330neo in production in Toulouse that will receive the registrations EI-HJO, EI-HJP, EI-HJR, EI-HPA and I-ITYA. The airline also has agreements with the leasing companies GECAS and AerCap.