Six months after starting operations, ITA Airways decided to expand its aircraft fleet once again. The Italian carrier that replaced Alitalia in October signed a leasing agreement with AerCap for ten A320neo and two A330neo.
The aircraft will be delivered between 2023 and 2024, but the two companies have not yet detailed which variants will be chosen.
“The integration of these new aircraft is perfectly in line with the Company’s fleet plan. This agreement represents a further step in our strategy of building a new environmental-friendly fleet with leading-edge technologies which will optimize efficiency, quality of service and significantly reduce the environmental impact,” says Francesco Presicce, Chief Technology Officer of ITA Airways.
“We are very pleased to expand our relationship with ITA Airways through the lease of these twelve advanced-technology Airbus A320neo and A330neo aircraft. These aircraft will enable ITA Airways to expand its network, while advancing its commitment to maintain an environmentally friendly, fuel-efficient fleet,” explained Peter Anderson, Chief Commercial Officer of AerCap.
ITA Airways has an agreement to purchase 28 Airbus aircraft, including A220, A320neo and A330neo models, in addition to leasing contracts for the A350-900, which will be the basis of the long-haul fleet.
As it expands its flight network, the Italian flag carrier has attracted the interest of foreign groups that have submitted proposals to the Italian government in recent months, including Lufthansa and Air France-KLM.