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ITA Airways Takes Delivery of Their Fifth Airbus A220-300

ITA Airways has today taken delivery of their fifth Airbus A220-300 following a ceremony at Airbus’ Mirabel, Canada facility. This is the carrier’s first fully configured A220 in blue livery to join the ITA Airways fleet.

ITA Airways Airbus A220-300 Rendering - Courtesy ITA Airways

On Monday (August 28, 2023), ITA Airways announced the delivery of their fifth Airbus A220-300, the first fully-configured A220 in blue livery. The delivery followed a ceremony at Airbus’ Mirabel, Canada facility attended by Francesco Presicce, Chief Technology Officer and Accountable Manager ITA Airways, Benoît Schultz, CEO, Airbus Canada, Daniel Wenninger, Head of A220 Programme Office, Wouter Van Wersch, Airbus Executive Vice President Region and Sales Europe and Walter Garrett, Chief Representative, Technical Asset Management. After the festivities, the aircraft performed a ferry flight to Rome Fiumicino where it will complete preparatory tests for entry into service. The new A220-300 has been named after the Italian football legend Alessandro Mazzola.

In Monday’s announcement, ITA Airways’ Chief Technology Officer and Accountable Manager, Francesco Presicce, said,

Today we add to our fleet the first Airbus A220 completely built according to ITA Airways’ new cabin design and the ultimate expression of Made in Italy. The A220 will allow the Company to enhance its domestic and international network and represents a further step in our strategy of building a new fuel efficient and more sustainable fleet with leading-edge technologies which will optimize efficiency, quality of service and significantly reduce the airline carbon footprint. With the arrival of the Airbus A321neo by the end of this year, the ITA Airways fleet will include all the latest generation Airbus aircraft families. I would like to thank all the team involved in the project for their commitment towards this prestigious, coveted, and challenging achievement.

“I would like to thank the entire team involved in the project - from the Entry into Service Team to the legal component, from the Aircraft transfer team to the flight crews, from the Purchasing Team to the Tax and Fiscal component for their commitment. Thanks to all of them, and without forgetting those who also collaborated 'from behind the scenes', to their great professionalism and passion, it was possible to take a further step towards this prestigious, ambitious and challenging result.

“Goals cannot be achieved if a true and transparent relationship is not established with the industrial counterpart that should be part of the same plan. I appeal to them so that we can proactively and constructively manage virtuous and collaborative paths with which we can increasingly ensure the goodness of the product and the management of delivery delays caused by the long wave post covid: sudden increase in demand and the obvious difficulties of the supply chain.”

ITA Airways’ new A220-300 strengthens the airline’s strategy of building an all-Airbus fleet, with 74 aircraft currently in operation, including 52 A320 Family, 12 A330 Family and six A350-900s. The new A220-300 will be deployed on short-haul domestic and international routes from Rome Fiumicino and Milan Linate to Genoa, Turin, Naples, Geneva, Zurich and Munich.

Source: ITA Airways


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