Italian flag carrier, ITA Airways, has taken delivery of 3 new Airbus A320-200neos from Avolon, the international aircraft leasing company. A total of 5 Airbus A320-200neos are scheduled to be delivered to ITA Airways in 2023.
A further 2 aircraft will be delivered later in the year, supporting ITA Airway’s target for its portfolio to comprise 80% new generation fuel efficient aircraft by 2026.
The newly delivered aircraft are the first A320neos in ITA Airway’s fleet. Carrying the company’s striking new blue livery, these aircraft will support its short and medium haul services in the 2023 summer season.
Paul Geaney, President and Chief Commercial Officer, Avolon commented: “We are delighted to support ITA Airways with the delivery of the first A320neos in their fleet.”
“One of our core commitments is to help customers make the transition to fuel efficient new technology aircraft, and this deal demonstrates how a lessor like Avolon can help airlines achieve their sustainability ambitions.”
Francesco Presicce, Officer, Chief Technology Officer ITA Airways: “The A320neo combines technology and efficiency to deliver 20% less fuel consumption and CO2 emissions per seat compared to previous generation aircraft.”
“It is further enriching ITA Airways modern and environment-friendly fleet, which will feature 80% new generation aircraft by 2026.”
“We are very pleased to be working with Avolon and taking delivery of these new aircraft to serve on our domestic and international network as we look forward to a busy summer 2023.”
About ITA Airways
ITA Airways is a new Italian airline that was founded in 2021 to replace the former national airline, Alitalia. The name “ITA” stands for Italia Trasporto Aereo, which translates to “Italian Air Transport” in English.
ITA Airways is based in Rome and operates flights to domestic and international destinations. The airline’s fleet currently consists of Airbus A319, A320, and A330 aircraft, and it plans to add more planes in the future.
ITA Airways was created as a more sustainable and competitive alternative to Alitalia, which had been struggling financially for years.
The Italian government played a major role in the creation of ITA Airways, providing financial support and helping to negotiate agreements with labour unions and other stakeholders.
ITA Airways began operations in October 2021 with a limited number of routes, and the airline plans to gradually expand its network over time.
The company is focused on providing high-quality service and a modern travel experience for its customers, with a particular emphasis on sustainability and digital innovation.
About the A320neo
The A320neo was designed to address growing concerns about fuel consumption and environmental impact in the aviation industry.
The aircraft’s new engines are more fuel-efficient and produce less noise and emissions than previous models, making it more environmentally friendly and cost-effective to operate.
In addition to the new engines, the A320neo features other enhancements over the standard A320, including aerodynamic improvements and the latest avionics technology.
The aircraft also has a longer range, allowing it to operate on both short-haul and medium-haul routes.
The A320neo has been a popular choice among airlines since its introduction in 2016. As of early 2023, more than 1,800 orders had been placed for the aircraft by airlines around the world.