ITA Airways firms up order for 28 Airbus aircraft
December 1, 2021 By Wings Staff
ITA Airways, Italy’s new national carrier, firmed up an order with Airbus for 28 aircraft, including seven A220s, 11 A320neos and 10 A330neos widebodies. The order confirms the Memorandum of Understanding announced on September 30, 2021. In addition, the airline will pursue plans to lease A350s to complement its fleet modernisation.
“This agreement supports ITA Airways business objectives to develop its network in Europe and internationally in the most sustainable way,” said Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer and Head of Airbus International.
The A220 is purpose-built for the 100 to 150 seat market, leveraging Pratt & Whitney’s geared turbofan engines for a range of up to 3,450 nm (6,390 km). Airbus states the A220 provides up to 25 per cent lower fuel burn and CO2 emissions per seat when compared to previous generation aircraft; 50 per cent lower NOx emissions than industry standards and a noise footprint reduced by 50 per cent when compared to previous generation aircraft.
The A320neo Family incorporates new generation engines and Sharklet wing tip devices, as well as Airbus’ 18-inch wide seats in economy as standard. The Airbus A330neo is described by Airbus as a true new-generation aircraft, building on features popular for the A330 Family and developed for the latest technology A350.
Powered by the latest Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, and featuring a new wing with increased span and A350-inspired winglets, Airbus explains the A330neo provides 25 per cent lower fuel-burn per seat than previous-generation competitors.