Tuesday, May 21, 2024

ITA’s First A350-900 Delivery Poised for June 2022 Delivery

By Joseph M. Calisi ©2022 All Rights Reserved

The first of eight Airbus A350-900 planes to be delivered to ITA Airways will likely occur this June. This fleet is scheduled to handle long-haul routes to various locations in the Americas. ITA’s fleet currently consists of  55aircraft in 2022, 78 by the end of 2022, and will increase to 105 by 2025 with critical Rome-JFK and Rome-Buenos Aires route destinations.

The Airbus A350-900 model plane has the largest fuel and passenger load of the A350 class.

The 3-year old plane with two Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-84 engines, was first assigned to Hong Kong Airlines, with a two-class configuration offering 33 business class and 301 economy seats. However, Hong Kong Airlines failed to accept the plane so it will fall into ITA’s hands as part of a leasing agreement with Kuwaiti lessor ALAFCO. It has been sighted at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in recent months after conducting several test flights in 2021.

Joseph Calisi
Joseph Calisihttps://josephmcalisiphotography.com/
International Transportation Photojournalist and Syndicator of News Stories and Images Since 1993 TV credits include Telly Award finalist (11-minute documentary on the last days of mainline steam trains in the world in China) and NY Emmy Award nominee for a news magazine story on the 75th anniversary of NY’s IND subway.

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