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ITA Airways (AZ, Rome Fiumicino) will add 39 new Airbus aircraft to its fleet next year – nine widebodies and 30 narrowbodies – having “signed all of its planned commitments” for the fleet increase, it has announced. Some older jets will be phased out as the new ones arrive.

Overall, compared to 2022, the development of the fleet will represent a 73% capacity increase in Available Seat Kilometres (ASK) on the ITA Airways network. This growth is mainly driven by capacity on long-haul routes, which will grow by 107%, the Alitalia successor said in a statement issued on November 11.

New intercontinental destinations are expected to open in 2023, it added, with direct flights from Rome Fiumicino to San Francisco, CA and Washington Dulles in the United States starting from the summer season, and to Rio de Janeiro Int’l from November, besides other long-haul connections launched in 2022.

According to the ch-aviation fleets advanced module, it has seventeen A330-900Ns on order in total, to add to…

Spain’s Volotea designated for Italy-Algeria routes

Volotea (V7, Asturias) has been authorised to operate flights between Italy and Algeria and has since announced two new routes to Algiers from Naples Capodichino and Venice Marco Polo.

The Spanish low-cost carrier will launch the routes on November 28 and 29, respectively. Each will be operated 2x weekly. Although both Italian airports already see scheduled services to other North African countries (Egypt, Morocco, and Tunisia), these will be their first routes to Algeria. The ch-aviation schedules module shows that Volotea maintains an extensive network between France and Algeria, connecting Bordeaux with Algiers, Lyon St. Exupéry with Setif, and Marseilles with Annaba, Bejaja, Constantine, Oran Ahmed Ben Bella, Setif, and Tlemcen. Services from Italy will be, however, its first routes to the capital.

Thus far, only Air Algérie and ITA Airways were authorised to connect Italy and Algeria. The former serves Milan Malpensa and the latter Rome Fiumicino, both exclusively from Algiers.

Air Corsica to renew fleet by early 2024, open to cargo ops

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The Italian government has approved the injection of another EUR400 million euros (USD402 million) into yet-to-be-privatised ITA Airways (AZ, Rome Fiumicino) as efforts to sell it drag, sources told local and international media. The country’s newly elected right-wing government is reportedly reviewing the process and could reopen the field to possible buyers.

An ITA Airways shareholders’ meeting – that is, the Ministry of Economy and Finance – met in extraordinary session on November 8 and resolved that the increase in capital would arrive by the end of the month, sources told Italy’s ANSA news agency.

The sum is part of EUR1.35 billion (USD1.36 billion) that the European Commission agreed to in public investment for the Alitalia successor, to be disbursed as EUR700 million (USD704 million) in 2021, EUR400 million in 2022, and EUR250 million (USD251 million) in 2023.

During the meeting, the company statute was also changed to revise the number of directors, which will now be between a minimum of three and a maximum of nine. Six directors resigned in late March

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