ITA Airways has unveiled its first Airbus A220, an aircraft that is part of the renewal of the airline’s single-aisle fleet.
The A220-300 aircraft, registration EI-HHI, first flew in July and was supposed to be delivered to Russia’s Azimuth Airlines. ALC, its owner, passed it on to ITA in September.
On the Italian flag carrier, the A220 received a livery with a white background and the words “Born To Be Susteinable”, similar to one of the A350-900s in service.
According to ITA, the first A220 will enter service on the 16th for destinations such as Rome, Milan, Genoa, Turin, Naples, Geneva, Zurich and Munich.
Another three Airbus jets will be delivered later this month, also belonging to the Air Lease Corporation.
ITA Airways is still awaiting the start of deliveries of the order for 28 new aircraft closed with Airbus about a year ago. This agreement includes 10 A330neos, 11 A320neos and seven A220s, including the smaller-capacity A220-100 version.
The airline’s fleet currently has 18 A319s, 33 A320s and eight A330-200s inherited from Alitalia, which it replaced. The company has also leased six A350-900s that operate long-haul routes such as Los Angeles, Buenos Aires, Tokyo and São Paulo.