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ITA Airways takes delivery of first Airbus A330-900neo

ITA Airways, the national airline of Italy and soon-to-be a Lufthansa Group airline, has taken delivery of its first Airbus A330-900neo. Let’s take a look at what the interiors are like on ITA’s A330-900neo.

Business Class

ITA’s A330-900neo features a total of 291 seats, out of which 30 are lie-flat Business Class seats. These are the Thompson Vantage XL seats. The 30 seats are in a staggered 1-2-1 configuration, with every seat featuring direct-aisle access. The seats feature a 17.3-inch 4K low reflectance touchscreen Inflight Entertainment System (IFE). The IFE contains an interactive 3D map and 372 hours of video content and 22 hours of audio content. Other features of the Business Class seat include multiple charging ports and Bluetooth audio.

Business Class onboard ITA Airways’ A330-900neo
Business Class onboard ITA Airways’ A330-900neo

Premium Economy

Premium Economy onboard ITA’s A330-900neo is arranged in a 2-3-2 configuration. The 24 seats, manufactured by Safran, feature 40-inches of seat pitch, a 15.6-inch 4K IFE, multiple charging ports and Bluetooth audio.

Premium Economy Class onboard ITA Airways’ A330-900neo


The 237-seater Economy Class cabin is arranged in a 2-4-2 configuration. The first few rows, specifically 37 seats, feature 3-inches of extra legroom (34 inches) and are known as “Comfort Economy”. The standard Economy seats, also manufactured by Safran, feature 31-inches of seat pitch, a 13.3-inch IFE and Bluetooth audio.

Economy Class onboard ITA Airways’ A330-900neo
Economy Class onboard ITA Airways’ A330-900neo

Today the strategic partnership with Airbus takes one step forward. I am delighted to be here in person at the Toulouse headquarter on the occasion of the delivery of the first Airbus A330neo completely built according to ITA Airways’ new cabin design. With Airbus, the unique aircraft supplier for our fleet, we have created a special synergy from the beginning, involving different areas of collaboration and business development, always with the aim of realising a more modern, comfortable and fuel-efficient air mobility, equipped with cutting-edge technologies

said Francesco Presicce, Chief Technology Officer, ITA Airways.

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Other details

ITA Airways has 17 A330-900neos on order, out of which 10 are directly ordered from Airbus and 7 from Air Lease Configuration. The first A330-900neo is from the latter. This aircraft is dedicated to Gelindo Bordin, the marathon runner and Olympic champion, and follows the airline’s strategy of dedicating its Blue Savoia liveried aircraft to Italian sports champions. The carrier will take delivery of 16 more A330-900neos through 2027.

The interiors of the aircraft has been designed by Walter De Silva. The airline says that the interiors offer the brand’s stylistic features with the aim of satisfying the need for ‘people centricity’, with the cabin design flowing seamlessly between the classes. The cabin of ITA’s A330-900neo was inspired by the idea of bringing back a pleasant as well as coherent sensation to the interior of the aircraft, one that was consistent with the choice of a journey above the clouds. Comfort, elegance, simplicity and above all the use of natural materials and colors are at the core of the creative concept which aims at enhancing the quality of life on board and ensuring maximum passenger comfort during all flight phases.

Blue and sand are the predominant colours, while the utmost attention to detail is expressed by the embroidered logo on the headrests, the Italian flag to mark the Company identity, and the leather-wrapped Business seats. The A330neo is also the first aircraft to feature stain-resistant fabrics seats in Premium and Economy class. An important feature is the progressive set-up of the natural lighting, which changes seamlessly based on the different situations on board. The special attention to color is expressed in 6 light scenarios that provide cyclic changes in intensity to ensure the best visual comfort. In detail, the lighting features the following flight phase-color combinations:

  • Boarding: passengers are greeted with a light blue ambiance inside the cabin, providing continuity with the exterior livery
  • Take-off and Landing: green light signals communicate a sense of safety
  • In-flight relax: blue light combined with beams of warm light and variations in intensity
  • Meals: a warmer light with neutral shades brings out the colors of the different dishes
  • Sunset/Sunrise: warm lights gradually dim and brighten to regulate the sleep cycle

ITA Airways’ current fleet consists of 68 aircraft in an all-Airbus fleet – 4 A220s, 50 A320 family aircraft, 8 A330-200s and 6 A350-900s. The 8 A330-200s are scheduled to be retired by 2025, meaning that by 2025, ITA Airways’ long-haul fleet will consist of only new-generation aircraft.

The first A330-900neo should be flying beginning June 2023 doing transatlantic hops between Rome Fiumicino and New York JFK.

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