ROME, Oct. 01, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – A strategic agreement has been reached between ITA (Italia Trasporto Aereo) and Airbus for the purchase of 28 planes which will be delivered from the end of the first quarter of 2022. The airline signed a memorandum of understanding for the purchase of ten Airbus A330neo long-haul, seven regional Airbus A220 and eleven Airbus A320neo family, the latter to be delivered at the end of the Business Plan. ITA also signed an agreement with Air Lease Corporation for the lease of 31 additional new generation Airbus aircraft, including long, medium and short haul aircraft. In total, explains the airline in a note, 56 new Airbus planes will be leased over the period of the plan – including 13 long-haul aircraft, the ultramodern Airbus A350-900 and 43 short and medium-haul planes – on clear terms. more advantageous than those offered to Alitalia. In addition, ITA will also halve the number of leasing companies out of the twelve used by the former national airline to manage its fleet to just six, relying on partners with proven financial strength to help the company to increase its fleet from the initial 52 aircraft to 105 in 2025.
âThe strategic partnership with Airbus and ALC is crucial for ITA in order to launch our business plan and achieve our goal of operating a new environmentally friendly fleet with considerably low operating and rental costsâ, said the executive chairman of the airline, Alfredo Altavilla. The agreement, explained Christian Scherer, Commercial Director and Director of Airbus International, “sets a benchmark in the progression towards decarbonisation and efficiency. From the beginning, we have worked closely with ITA, listening of their needs. âAir Lease Corporation is alsoâ happy and proud to be the launch sponsor for ITA, supplying the new airline with 31 new Airbus jets, including state-of-the-art A220 and A320 / 321neo family aircraft. as well as the most modern and environmentally friendly long-haul aircraft, âsaid Steven F. Udvar-Hazy, Executive Chairman of ALC, adding:â These agreements will allow ITA to operate a new technologically advanced fleet. more advanced to serve the ITA European and intercontinental route network with high efficiency “.
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