The A220 will be part of the re-launch of the Italia Transport Area (ITA), the ash-born air carrier of Alitalia, which will resume operations in mid-October. The company has ordered seven aircraft from Airbus and will receive another 15 aircraft from the leasing company.
In total, 28 aircraft were ordered by ITA, namely seven A220s, 11 A320neo and 10 A330neo, according to a statement released Thursday.
This is another order after one order for the Bombardier’s ex-C series, the 20 A220-300, the largest aircraft in the family, announced last April.
In principle, A220s intended for customers not installed in the United States are assembled at Airbus facilities in Mirabell, Laurentia.
In addition to its order, the airline leases 56 other Airbus aircraft from the Air Lease Corporation.
According to the latest data from Airbus, 470 aircraft have been delivered in the A220 order book. The program is controlled by a European giant, while the state of Quebec has a 25% stake.
Airbus is working to accelerate the A220 production rate. Multinational aims to mobilize 14 per month for a total of 168 annual deliveries to Mirabell and Alabama by 2025.
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