International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC)
is to lease two Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners to the Italian carrier
Based at Milan Malpensa Airport in northern Italy, Neos will
become the country's first 787 operator when it takes delivery of
the airplane in 2018.
Neos currently operates an all-Boeing
fleet of six Next-Generation 737-800s and two 767-300ER (Extended
Range) airplanes. The airline will use the 787s to expand its route network.
"With the 787s,
we will continue to deliver our passengers the best travel
experience in the industry – just as we have been doing since 2002
with the delivery of our first new Boeing 737-800," said Carlo Stradiotti, chief executive officer of Neos SpA. "This deal is
possible because of the excellent work performed by our colleagues
in the last 12 years of operations and because Neos is a part of
the Alpitour Group, the most important and best integrated tourism
group in the country."
Italy plays a key role in the production of the 787, with Boeing
supplier Alenia Aermacchi's factories in Grottaglie (Taranto),
Foggia and Pomigliano (Naples) producing the central fuselage and
horizontal stabilizer for the Dreamliner.
"We are delighted
to count Neos, an all-Boeing carrier, as our first Italian 787
operator," said Todd Nelp, vice president of European Sales,
Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "Neos' passengers will get to
experience the Dreamliner's revolutionary interior with its bigger
windows, modern LED lighting, higher humidity and lower cabin
Founded in 2001, Neos caters to Italy's leisure market
providing flights predominately from Milan, but also other major Italian cities, to destinations across Africa, Asia, the Caribbean
and the Mediterranean.
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