Italian operator ITA Airways has reached a formal lease agreement for 12 Airbus aircraft, including a pair of A330neos, with AerCap.

The agreement covers 10 A320neos in addition to the two long-haul twinjets.

AerCap says the aircraft are scheduled for delivery to the new airline – which commenced operations last October – over the course of 2023-24.

While Airbus had not previously listed AerCap as an A330neo customer, the lessor has acquired US rival GECAS which had 12 A330-900s on order.

ITA chief technology officer Francesco Presicce says the introduction of the aircraft is “perfectly in line” with the airline’s fleet plan.

The carrier had previously set out a fleet modernisation strategy which centred on a range of Airbus long- and short-haul types.

ITA has already agreed a firm order with the airframer covering 28 aircraft.

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Source: Airbus

Two A330neos are among the jets included in the lease agreement

“This agreement [with AerCap] represents a further step in our strategy of building a new environmental-friendly fleet with leading-edge technologies which will optimise efficiency, quality of service and significantly reduce the environmental impact,” adds Presicce.

“ITA places the best customer service at the centre of its strategy with a strong focus on sustainability. The collaboration with AerCap allows us to improve cost-efficiencies across our fleet.”