ITA Airways has taken delivery of its latest aircraft, the A321neo, following a delivery ceremony held in Hamburg.
The Italian carrier revealed the news through imagery and a press release.
ITA Airways Welcomes First A321neo
The first Airbus A321neo arriving with ITA Airways represents an essential moment for the carrier and its narrowbody operation.
The A321neo is ITA Airways’ first narrowbody configured aircraft with three separate cabin classes.
This includes Business Class, where seats will recline into full lie-flat beds. Premium Economy and Economy will also exist on the aircraft. Additionally, to boost customer satisfaction levels, dedicated seats will act as Comfort Economy.
ITA welcomed the A321neo at a delivery ceremony with key executives being present. This is a standard procedure for landmark deliveries.
The A321neo completed a ferry flight towards Rome Fiumicino after the ceremony. Now, the aircraft will carry out preparatory tests. These are standard and part of the entry-into-service process.
For future usage, ITA’s Chief Technology Officer and Accountable Manager says the plane is configured for potential service in the Middle East and Africa.
Therefore, acquiring such a plane will be crucial in evolving the Italian carrier’s route network in the long term.
Comments From Executives
Today I am proud to add to our fleet the first Airbus A321neo, a brand-new aircraft for our Company. With the arrival of the Airbus A321neo, ITA Airways fleet will include all the last generation Airbus aircraft families – the A220, A320, A330 and A350. Completely built according to ITA Airways’ new cabin design, the new A321neo will enable us to further develop our international network. Moreover, it marks another milestone in our new environment-friendly fleet development strategy with cutting-edge technologies optimizing efficiency and service quality while significantly reducing environmental impact.Francesco Presicce, ITA Airways Chief Technology Officer and Accountable Manager.
The ITA Airways Fleet
ITA Airways fleet now consists of several fleet types present. The airline relies heavily on Airbus-produced aircraft to power its day-to-day operations.
When measured by active units, the most significant fleet type is the A320-200. However, the airline already flies 13 Airbus A320neos as part of its commitment to next-generation aircraft.
Thanks to the delivery of the first A321neo, this now complements the A320neo and existing A320 family aircraft, offering more flexibility to the company.
Widebody flying is powered by three aircraft types, the A330-200, A330-900 and the A350-900, all equally sharing essential roles.