Washington - The Italian airline Neos, has just received the first of its three Boeing 787-9 ordered. With this takeover, Neos becomes the first operator of the 787-9 in Italy and the 45th in the world.

The 787-9 registered EI-NEO left Boeing's factory in Everett on December 12 to join the Neos' fleet at Malpensa International Airport in Milan, Italy. The next morning after its arrival, the aircraft made a low-altitude passage over the Milan runway to greet spectators waiting for the first Italian Dreamliner.

The Neos 787-9 is configured bi-class for 359 passengers, including 28 in Business and 331 in Economy. It is equipped with Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines. The first commercial flight is scheduled for December 21 to Guadeloupe. The company also plans to use the new Dreamliner on its routes to Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Kenya, the Maldives, and Tanzania.

The " All Boeing " fleet of the Italian carrier has six 737-800s and three 767-300ERs. Neos has a leasing agreement with AerCap for a total of three 787-9. The remaining two aircraft will be delivered in 2018. Earlier this year, Neos announced its plan of leasing 737 MAXs starting in 2019.

"Today's delivery is the first step in our fleet strategy to provide our customers with state-of-the-art service and the best flight experience possible," said Carlo Stradiotti, CEO of Neos.

Founded in 2001, the airline is part of Alpitour World, Italy's largest leisure group.

As of the end of November, Boeing has delivered 625 Dreamliners out of 1,287 ordered.