Air Italy Receive their First Boeing 737 Max
Air Italy recently unveiled their first Boeing 737 Max at the Boeing Everett Delivery Center in Seattle, USA. The new aircraft replete with a striking livery was greeted by a crowd of VIP dignitaries and guests, including His Highness Prince Rahim Aga Khan, along with numerous members from the world of international media.
This is the first of 50 new aircraft ordered that will be added to the impressive Air Italy fleet, a further 19 brand new Boeing 737 Max aircraft will join their fleet over the next three years. The airline expects the full complement of 50 aircraft to be in service by 2022.
Group Chief Executive for the Qatar Airways Group, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker said, “I am delighted to be at the Boeing Everett Delivery Centre today in Seattle to mark yet another landmark event, the delivery of Air Italy’s first new Boeing 737 Max aircraft in striking new livery, first presented in Milan in February this year. To see the aircraft here for the first time, it truly brings to life the next exciting chapter for Italy’s future carrier of choice, providing the people of Italy with the sophisticated travel experience that they deserve.”
Francesco Violante, Air Italy Chairman said, “I would like to extend my thanks to Boeing and all of those involved in this, the production of our very first Boeing 737 Max in the Air Italy livery. Since we first announced the striking new design at a press conference in Milan in February this year, there has been much anticipation for this moment. We look forward to taking to the skies and bringing this aircraft to Italy for the first time.”
Marco Rigotti, Chairman of Alisarda commented, “This first Boeing B737 Max will offer our customers a journey in the true Italian style. While seated in this comfortable and stylish aircraft, flying from Milan onwards to our domestic network of popular destinations such as Taormina in Sicily, the Emerald Coast in Sardinia, Rome, Sorrento and Capri or the pristine landscape in Calabria, we want our passengers to sense the beauty of Italy and warm welcome they will receive upon landing.”
Finally, Ihssane Mounir, Senior Vice President of Commercial Sales & Marketing for The Boeing Company added, “It is an exciting time to fly with Air Italy as it brings new levels of innovation, performance and comfort to the Italian aviation market. We are honoured that Air Italy and Qatar Airways have placed their trust in Boeing and the 737 MAX to help them achieve their bold and visionary goals.”
The new Boeing 737 Max aircraft features Business Class cabins along with superior operating economics and a greater fuel efficiency and will replace Air Italy’s existing Boeing 737NGs.