It’s been a busy week for ITA Airways, with Lufthansa shopping for 41% of it. But the airline also taken delivery of its first Airbus A330-900neo.
The first aircraft has been delivered from Airbus to ITA Airways, with the aircraft on lease from Air Lease Corporation. The A330neo will join the ITA Airways fleet in June to serve its long-haul routes and new intercontinental destinations.
The A330neo is the latest-generation aircraft type from Airbus to join the ITA Airways’ fleet.
ITA Airways already operates all Airbus aircraft Families with a fleet of 68 Airbus aircraft (split between 4 A220s, 50 A320 Family, 8 A330-200s and 6 A350-900s). By selecting A330neos, ITA Airways is further consolidating its strategy of being an all-Airbus operator and leveraging new levels of efficiency and flexibility.
This Airbus A330neo named Gelindo Bordin, to commemorate the Italian Olympic marathon champion, will feature a three-class cabin layout designed by renowned designer Walter De Silva. It will feature 30 business class seats, 24 premium and 237 economy class seats of which, 36 are dedicated to comfort economy, for a total of .
All seats will be equipped with on-demand video and audio content as well as full Wi-Fi connectivity and customisable mood lighting throughout the cabin, as part of the Airspace cabin that has been installed.
One down 17 to go
ITA Airways will be using these aircraft as it renews its fleet it inherited from previous incarnations, with the eight A330-200 probably going in the process.
That will cover the existing eight A330s in fleet, with 10 for expansion purposes.
Of course there a lot of things in play – it will interesting to see if the fleet strategy holds as things start to change for the airline, and if it can use the Lufthansa’s group scale of economies.