ITA Airways firms up order for 28 Airbus aircraft
The MoU announced at the end of last September
ITA Airways, Italy’s new national carrier, has firmed up an order with Airbus for 28 aircraft, including seven A-220s, 11 A-320neos and 10 A-330neos, the latest version of the A-330 widebody airliner. The order confirms the Memorandum of Understanding announced on 30th September 2021. In addition, the airline will pursue its plans to lease A-350s to complement its fleet modernisation.
“Today the strategic partnership with Airbus takes an important step forward with the finalisation of the order we announced last September. In addition to this agreement, possibilities for further collaboration have emerged, in particular regarding technological developments in the aviation sector and digitalisation, where Airbus is the market leader. All this is part of the actions to achieve our environmental sustainability objectives", said Alfredo Altavilla, Executive President of ITA Airways.
"We are very proud to partner with ITA Airways in building its long-term future with the most efficient, latest technology Airbus aircraft. This agreement supports ITA Airways business objectives to develop its network in Europe and internationally in the most sustainable way", said Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer and Head of Airbus International.
These new airplanes will expand the initial ITA Airways fleet with a new generation aircraft with better environmental performance, equipped with latest technologies and state-of-the-art cabins to guarantee maximum operational efficiencies for the airline and the best comfort to travelers.
The A-220 is the only aircraft purpose-built for the 100-150 seat market and brings together state-of-the-art aerodynamics, advanced materials and Pratt & Whitney’s latest-generation geared turbofan engines. With a range of up to 3,450 nm (6,390 km), the A220 gives airlines added operational flexibility. The model delivers up to 25% lower fuel burn and CO2 emissions per seat compared to previous generation aircraft, and 50% lower NOx emissions than industry standards. In addition, the aircraft noise footprint is reduced by 50% compared to previous generation aircraft - making the A220 a good neighbour around airports.
The A-320neo Family is the most successful aircraft family ever and displays 99,7% operational reliability rate. The plane provides operators with 20% reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. This Family incorporates the latest technologies including new generation engines and Sharklet wing tip devices .
The A-330neo is a true new-generation aircraft, building on features popular for the A-330 Family and developed for the latest technology A-350. Powered by the latest Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, and featuring a new wing with increased span and A-350-inspired winglets, the plane also provides a level of efficiency – with 25% lower fuel-burn per seat than previous-generation competitors. Thanks to its tailored mid-sized capacity and its excellent range versatility, the model is considered the ideal aircraft to support operators in their post-COVID-19 recovery.
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