ITA Airways Adds 4 Aircraft In One Week

Daniel Fowkes
09 Apr 2024
· Aircraft 
· Airlines 
ITA Airways has taken delivery of four new next-generation Airbus aircraft in one week, including the A220, A320neo, A321neo and A330-900.

ITA Airways continues to boost its fleet by adding new next-generation Airbus aircraft as part of its commitment to being greener, leaner, and younger.

Four aircraft in a week were delivered following its financial statements being unveiled for 2023. The latest additions mean the fleet has grown significantly.

ITA breaks down the additions as NewGen aircraft, which now make up 44 of the 87 total aircraft it owns. The ambition is to continue increasing the number of NewGen aircraft in its fleet over time and thus reduce its reliance on older, less efficient jets.

By the end of the 2023-2027 period, the airline hopes to have more than 90% of its fleet consisting of NewGen aircraft with a view of consuming 25% less fuel, emitting fewer CO2 emissions and generally being the most eco-friendly carrier in Europe.

The airline acquired an A330-900, A321neo, A320neo, and, lastly, an A220-100. However, the three single-aisle jets were all acquired on a lease, with the A330-900 being the only new addition owned by the Italian carrier.

ITA added that the aircraft entered service swiftly during the last week of March and were therefore made available to the network. ITA Airways says the registration in the Company’s AOC meant a speedy turnaround that wouldn’t have been possible without the efforts of the airline personnel, among all other regulatory authorities.

Since its inception, ITA has highlighted that investing in the fleet has been one of its biggest strategies, with a growth of more than 60% in the next-generation Airbus products. The Accountable Manager & Chief Technology Officer of ITA Airways calls delivering four aircraft in a week highly gratifying.

The Fleet

ITA Airways has 87 aircraft in operation; 80 are listed as active, with seven parked, per the latest date from planespotters.net.

The airline operates an all-Airbus portfolio of jets, with a commitment to the A220 series and upwards to the A350 series for its long-haul widebody requirements.

As part of a commitment to the new-generation jets, the airline has several youthful aircraft types, such as the A350-900, which averages 4.4 years, to the A330-900, averaging 0.6 years.

ITA Airways flies the Airbus A330neo to destinations around the world – Photo: Mark Bess

ITA’s single-aisle jets have the A321neo included at 0.3 years, the A320neo at 0.8 years, and the A220-300 at 0.9 years.

As they’re labelled, entry into service procedures has allowed the delivery of ambitious goals, which have seen a considerable drop in the average age of aircraft operated. A decrease from 12.5 to 8.4 years has been achieved in just two years.

Looking Ahead

ITA Airways has a busy few months ahead as it ramps up scheduled services to several markets, including North America, to meet growing demand.

Additionally, Riyadh flights will begin in May 2024, making it the second new destination after Toronto. ITA most recently celebrated the launch of new nonstop flights between Chicago and Rome.

In June 2024, Accra and Kuwait will be added to the route network. In July 2024, Dakiar will be added, and in October 2024, Jeddah will join the network as part of a general Eastern expansion from Rome.

Several other enhancements are being made to focus on customer service, including improvements inside cabins, lounges, and the travel experience from start to finish.

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