ITA Airways has entered into a partnership with German Airways for the wet lease of two Embraer E190 jets.
The two regional planes will be used on direct flights from Milan (Linate) to Geneva, Luxembourg and London City Airport.
The strategy involves anticipating the service of these routes with smaller-capacity aircraft, which currently do not exist in the ITA Airways fleet.
The E190s will be operated by German Airways and will feature the label “Operated by ITA Airways” on the fuselage. The cabin, however, will be configured with Superior and Economy classes of service, following the specifications of the Italian carrier.
The service will start on March 28 and will continue until the arrival of the first Airbus A220-100, ordered by ITA Airways. The airline has included seven aircraft of the type in its order for 28 jets for the European planemaker.
Alitalia, the predecessor of ITA Airways, owned a fleet of Embraer E-Jets, leased from subsidiary Alitalia Cityliner. The airline had 15 E175s and five E190s in service until October 2021, when it ceased operation.