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Mon, 14 May 2018

Air Italy Takes Delivery of First Boeing 737 MAX in New Livery

Air Italy has taken delivery of its first Boeing 737 Max featuring its striking new livery.

 The aircraft, the first of approximately 50 new aircraft to be added to the Air Italy fleet by 2022, is the first of 20 brand new Boeing 737 Max aircraft that will join the airline over the next three years.

Chairman of Alisarda, Mr. Marco Rigotti, said, “This first Boeing B737 Max will offer our customers a journey in true Italian style. While seated in this comfortable and stylish aircraft, flying from Milan onwards to our domestic network of popular destinations such as Taormina in Sicily, the Emerald Coast in Sardinia, Rome, Sorrento and Capri or the pristine landscape in Calabria, we want our passengers to sense the beauty of Italy and warm welcome they will receive upon landing.”

Inside Air Italy's brand new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. Click to enlarge.

The new Boeing 737 Max 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% of AQA Holding, the new parent company of Air Italy, while the previous sole shareholder Alisarda kept 51%.

Senior Vice President of Commercial Sales & Marketing for The Boeing Company, Mr. Ihssane Mounir, added: “It is an exciting time to fly with Air Italy as it brings new levels of innovation, performance and comfort to the Italian aviation market. We are honoured that Air Italy and Qatar Airways have placed their trust in Boeing and the 737 MAX to help them achieve their bold and visionary goals.”

Network destinations will also enjoy continued expansion, with new long-range routes from Milan to New York, Miami, Bangkok and Mumbai already confirmed.

Air Italy this month also inaugurated short-haul routes connecting Milan to Rome, Naples, Palermo and Olbia. 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 also 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.

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