The new Italian flag carrier ITA Airways has announced a firm order for 28 Airbus aircraft, including seven A220s, 11 A320 neos and ten A330 neo aircraft. In addition, Airbus said in a statement that the carrier “will pursue its plans to lease A350s to complement its fleet modernization.”
According to recent reports in the Italian media, the airline is poised to take delivery of four A350 aircraft in June 2022. ITA and Airbus signed a Memorandum of Understanding in September, and the airline has placed a firm order for the 28 aircraft.
“Today the strategic partnership with Airbus takes an important step forward with the finalization of the order we announced last September,” commented executive president and board member Alfredo Altavilla.
“In addition to this agreement, possibilities for further collaboration have emerged, in particular regarding technological developments in the aviation sector and digitalization, where Airbus is the market leader,” Altavilla said. “All this is part of the actions to achieve our environmental sustainability objectives.”
ITA Airways launched on Oct. 15, after the closure of its predecessor Alitalia. Later that month the carrier followed in Alitalia’s footsteps, joining the Skyteam alliance – although Altavilla has been quoted as saying that ITA is interested in joining the Lufthansa Group.