Air Europe (Italy) is boosting its fleet of Boeing twinjets with a move up to the 777-200ER. The Milan-based airline has signed a 10-year lease deal for two aircraft with International Lease Finance, for delivery in 1999.

The carrier's fleet of six leased Boeing 767-300ERs are deployed on scheduled and charter flights, to points in Europe and for long haul destinations in North America. The two 777-200ERs, which are Pratt & Whitney PW4090-powered, will be delivered in July and October 1999.

The airline has been working to expand its scheduled operations, and was recently granted exclusive licences to fly to Cuba. Services have also been launched to Mauritius, after a battle with Alitalia for approval. The larger 777s will enable the airline to reduce its frequencies on some scheduled services, and to boost its charter capacity.

Source: Flight International