Air Italy Reveals First Pictures of A330

Apr 16, 2018

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Air Italy, one of the “newest” airlines on the block, has revealed some of the first pictures of its soon to be delivered A330.

Air Italy isn’t actually a new airline, but is the re-branded version of the small Italian airline Meridiana. Qatar Airways bought a 49% stake in the company and has leased five of its own A330-200s to the airline.

We’ve now seen some of the first pictures of the jet that will debut on its long-haul routes this summer, including New York (JFK) to Milan (MXP) and Miami (MIA) to Milan.

Qatar shared an image of the full paint job on a 737 MAX back in February.

The A330 was delivered to Qatar in 2004 with the Qatari registration A7-ACE and will receive an Irish registration, EI-GFX, once it starts flying again. (Many aviation leasing companies are based in Ireland for tax reasons.)

The aircraft is currently in Dublin being repainted in the tricolor scheme. The 260-seat wide-body will include 24 angle-flat seats in business and 236 in economy. Business will be laid out in a 2-2-2 configuration and economy in 2-4-2.

Air Italy will fly the A330 until its leases on 30 Boeing 787 Dreamliners beginning in May 2019.  Air Italy also has two Boeing 767s from the Meridiana fleet, which it plans on phasing out in 2019.

H/T: Corriere della Sera

Featured image by Air Italy.

Correction: A previous version of this story said that Air Italy has started flying some of its 20 leased Boeing 737 MAXs. In fact, the planes are currently undergoing test flights but are not in commercial service yet. 

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