ITA Airways took delivery of its first Airbus A321neo on November 10 in a ceremony held at the manufacturer’s facilities in Hamburg, Germany.
The jet registration EI-HXA was leased by Air Lease Corporation and named after “Massimiliano Rosolino”, Italian swimmer and Olympic Champion in Sydney in 2000.
The aircraft is configured with 165 seats, 12 of which are Business Class, 12 in Economy Premium with rows of four seats, and 141 in Economy, of which 12 seats have more legroom.
It is worth mentioning that the A321neo can accommodate up to 240 passengers in a single class, therefore, the ITA cabin was designed to offer a lot of comfort.
The aircraft has a maximum range of around 4,000 nautical miles (7,400 km), which allows it to fly on routes to destinations outside Europe.
33 new generation aircraft
Operating for just over two years in place of Alitalia, ITA Airways has expanded and modernized its aircraft fleet, which currently has 81 jets, all manufactured by Airbus.
Of these, 33 aircraft are latest generation: eight A220, 13 A320neo, one A321neo, five A330-900 and six A350-900.
“Today I am proud to add to our fleet the first Airbus A321neo, a brand-new aircraft for our Company,” said Francesco Presicce, ITA Airways Chief Technology Officer and Accountable Manager.
In terms of type and internal configuration, the new aircraft is ideal for the Company’s upcoming routes (Middle East and Africa). I would like to thank the entire team involved in the project for their commitment to achieving such a prestigious result for a young carrier with an ever-expanding fleet size”.