On May 15, Air Italy unveiled its long-awaited first Boeing 737 Max in striking new livery at the Boeing Everett Delivery Centre in Seattle, in front of a crowd of VIP dignitaries and guests. The aircraft is the first of approximately fifty new planes to be added to the Air Italy fleet by 2022. It is also the first of twenty brand new Boeing 737 Max aircraft that will join the airline over the next three years.
Qatar Airways continued investment in Air Italy pays off for passengers with new planes acquired and the continued expansion of routes. During a press conference held prior to the delivery ceremony, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, Group Chief Executive of Qatar Airways commented: “I am delighted to be at the Boeing Everett Delivery Centre today in Seattle to mark yet another landmark event, the delivery of Air Italy’s first new Boeing 737 Max aircraft in striking new livery, first presented in Milan in February this year. To see the aircraft here for the first time, it truly brings to life the next exciting chapter for Italy’s future carrier of choice, providing the people of Italy with the sophisticated travel experience that they deserve.”
The new Boeing 737 Max aircraft features modern and spacious cabins, superior operating economics and a greater fuel efficiency. The aircraft will also feature Business Class cabins and will replace Air Italy’s existing Boeing 737NGs. Air Italy will also receive five Airbus A330-200 aircraft this year from the Qatar Airways’ fleet, prior to these being further replaced by Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft.
Qatar Airways previously strengthened its commitment to Air Italy in 2017 with the acquisition of 49 percent of AQA Holding, the new parent company of Air Italy, while the previous sole shareholder Alisarda kept 51 percent. Network destinations will also enjoy continued expansion, with new long-range routes from Milan to New York, Miami, Bangkok, and Mumbai already announced.
Air Italy also inaugurated short-haul routes connecting Milan to Rome, Naples, Palermo, and Olbia this month. Additional routes from Milan to the Sicilian east coast city of Catania and Lamezia Terme in Calabria will commence on 1 July and 1 September respectively. Further plans include strengthening the short-range network to improve connectivity and launching the first long-range destination from Rome Fiumicino in 2019. Air Italy aims to fly more than 50 year-round routes by 2022.