Rome - Alitalia adds three Airbus A321neo to its fleet. The aircraft will come from bankrupt Primera Air in January next year and replace three Airbus A321-100 aircraft.
The devices are owned by leasing companies GECAS (2) and Celestial.
Danish budget carrier Primera Air filed for bankruptcy last month and ceased all operations. The airline was using the A321neos to fly from European airports to North America.
Alitalia has been bankrupt for a year and a half but has been kept up and running by the Italian state since then. The airline is now renewing its fleet and growing its route network, particularly, the long-haul where the Italian national airline will open a new route between Rome and Washington next year. The intention would be to strengthen the Rome-Seoul route and to open a new route to Nairobi, Italian media speculates.
The A321neos consume considerably less fuel than the old A321 variants and are also cheaper in terms of maintenance while offering better passenger comfort. Besides, the aircraft has a more extended flight range.
Although the revenues of the company are in the increase under the supervision of "Extraordinary Administration" appointed by the Italian government, the airline continues to operate at a loss of about 1.5 million euros per day.
The Italian government is looking for foreign investors for up to 40 percent share of Alitalia.