ITA Airways has started flights with its brand new Airbus A220-300 aircraft.
The first flight was from Rome Fiumicino to Genoa’s Cristoforo Colombo on 16th October 2022.
The government owned airline – which rose out of Alitalia – has actually put two A220s into operation this week.
Two more A220s are either with the airline or about to arrive. The airline will then have a fleet of 67 Airbus aircraft, comprising:
- 6 Airbus A350
- 8 Airbus A330-200
- 31 Airbus A320ceos
- 18 Airbus A319ceos
- 4 Airbus A220
Further A220 and A330-900neo, A320neo and A321neo aircraft will be arriving over the coming months.
ITA Airways plans to use the new A220 on short-haul routes from Rome Fiumicino and Milano Linate to destinations in Italy and Europe, including Genoa, Turin, Naples, Geneva, Zurich and Munich.
All the A220s are leased from Air Lease Corporation.
The new aircraft also features the airline’s new livery with a ‘Born To Be Sustainable’ claim, which debuted on the airline’s Airbus A350 aircraft in June.
The A220 offers wide seats, ample overhead storage, large windows and mood lighting.
The ITA Airways A220 has 147 seats in a 2 class layout:
- Superior has 12 seats
- Economy has 135 seats
The cabin has a single aisle and all rows have a 2-3 layout.
The first three rows are Superior and they are a 2-2 layout – same seats as Economy but the middle seat of the three is left empty.
The A220’s green credentials
ITA Airways is keen to emphasise the green credentials of its A220s.
The introduction of the Airbus A220 will enable the airline to have an environment-friendly fleet with 25% lower fuel burn per seat than previous generation aircraft, half the noise footprint and decreased emissions.
The A220-300’s advanced aerodynamics, combined with specifically-designed Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1500G turbofan engines, contribute to an aircraft that delivers 25% lower fuel burn per seat than previous generation aircraft, with half the noise footprint and decreased emissions.