Air Italy showcased its brand-new Boeing 737 MAX
8 aircraft in the airline’s new livery for the first time at
Farnborough International Airshow 2018.
The aircraft was delivered
to the airline just last week and flew straight to the airshow for
spectators to tour and experience first-hand.
The aircraft at FIA18 is
the second of 20 brand-new Boeing B737 MAX 8 aircraft that will
join Air Italy’s growing fleet over the next three years and the
first of approximately 50 new aircraft to be added to the Air
Italy fleet by 2022.
The first Boeing B737 MAX 8 aircraft was
delivered earlier this year in Seattle and flown to Milan for its
Qatar Airways strengthened its commitment to
Italy in 2017 with the acquisition of 49 per cent of AQA Holding,
the new parent company of Air Italy, while the previous sole
shareholder Alisarda kept 51 per cent. This acquisition marks a
new era in Italian aviation for the people of Italy and for
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Mr.
Akbar Al Baker, said, “Displaying Air Italy’s
Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft in the airline’s new livery at
Farnborough International Airshow 2018 has put Air Italy on the centre stage, and showcased this state-of-the-art aircraft to an
international audience. We are delighted to be supporting Air
Italy as they embark on this exciting journey toward becoming
Italy’s leading carrier.”
In June, Air Italy launched its first
long-haul route from New York's JFK airport to Milan's Malpensa
airport and a nonstop flight between Milan and Miami. Flights to
Bangkok, Delhi and Mumbai will be launched in the coming months.
Air Italy also recently inaugurated short-haul routes connecting
Milan to Rome, Naples, Palermo and Olbia.
Mr. Sultan Ali Allana of Alisarda
and AKFED, said, “Our first experience at Farnborough International
Airshow as Air Italy has been a great achievement. By showcasing
our newest and most advanced aircraft in new livery, the Boeing
737 MAX 8, we have been able to present our latest product to an
international audience, one that has already proven to be a great
success in the Italian market. We look forward to continuing to
work closely with Qatar Airways to develop Air Italy into a
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