ITA Airways: 39 New Airbus Aircraft to Enter Fleet in 2023
Italian flag-carrier ITA Airways recently announced plans for increasing its fleet with new generation aircraft in 2023.
Thirty-nine new generation aircraft will join ITA Airways’ fleet next year, including 9 wide-body (A330-900) and 30 narrow-body aircraft. At the same time, the airline’s previous generation aircraft will be phased out.
Compared to 2022, the development of the fleet will determine a 73 percent capacity increase in terms of seats offered per km (Available Seat Kilometre – ASK) on the entire network. An increase mainly driven by capacity on long-haul routes, which is expected to grow by 107 percent.
Expansion of intercontinental and international network
ITA Airways has also announced that new intercontinental destinations will open in 2023, with direct flights operated from Rome Fiumicino to San Francisco and Washington in the United States starting from the summer season, and to Rio de Janeiro in South America from November, besides the confirmation of all long-haul connections launched in 2022.
With the entry in fleet of the A321Neo aircraft, ITA Airways will also plan the opening of new destinations in the Middle East: Riyadh, Jeddah and Kuwait City, expanding its network and strengthening its connectivity through its Rome Fiumicino Hub.
According to a company announcement, the increase in the number of destinations in ITA Airways network demonstrates its commitment to becoming the “reference operator for the mobility of Italians”, through the achievement of two fundamental objectives: the satisfaction of all customers’ needs and the growing increase in profitability.
The expansion of ITA Airways’ fleet represents a further step forward in the company’s growth strategy which is expected to lead it to be “the greenest airline in Europe in 2026” with 80 percent of the fleet made up of new generation aircraft, leading to the consequent reduction of 1.3 million tonnes of CO2 emissions.
By the end of 2023, the airline will have 50 percent of new generation aircraft, for a total of 96 aircraft in the fleet, thanks to the arrival of the announced 39 aircraft, including 9 for the long-haul.
“Just over a year after the start of flight operations, ITA Airways demonstrates that it has fulfilled its growth commitments for 2022 and laid the foundations for a further increase in its market presence, reaching a wide range of intercontinental, international and domestic destinations,” the company said.