Aeroitalia is to take three Boeing 737 Max 8 jets on long-term placements from Air Lease, as the Italian start-up carrier seeks to expand its operations in the coming years.

The CFM International Leap 1B-powered jets will be delivered in the 2023-2024 timeframe, Air Lease said on 1 November, and will come from the lessor’s existing Boeing order backlog.

Aeroitalia currently has three leased Boeing 737-800s in its fleet, according to Cirium fleets data.


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The start-up has three 737-800s in its fleet

It also has a single ATR 72-600 on wet-lease from Romanian start-up Air Connect, Cirium data suggests.

Privately owned Aeroitalia was founded this year by executives including former Avianca shareholder German Efromovich.

Initially flying domestic links from Forli airport in northern Italy, the carrier has since launched routes from Rome Bergamo airport, and plans to begin international flights from the latter in December, serving London Heathrow and Bacau in Romania.

Aeroitalia has previously outlined ambitions to begin flights to Paris and Amsterdam in summer 2023 and eventually operate long-haul services.

Alongside its scheduled services, Aeroitalia also provides charter capacity.