First Boeing B737 Max 8 Delivered to the Italian Carrier ‘Air Italy’
At the beginning of May the first aircraft of a long-haul fleet renovation plan has been delivered to Air Italy, the Italian carrier formerly known as “Meridiana” and whose minority stock has been acquired by Qatar Airways in 2017. The first Air Italy Boeing 737 Max 8, produced by the giant US manufacturer, and designed to replace the successful Boeing B737-800, was delivered and warmly welcomed at Milan Malpensa Airport.
In the words of Qatar Airways’ CEO Akbar Al Baker, the delivery of the aircraft – which is only the first of the twenty B737 Max 8 ordered by the carrier, represents “an extraordinary moment for the development of a new aviation age in Italy“.
The introduction of such a new aircraft model is fundamental for the worldwide network expansion that will bring Air Italy to offer direct services from the main Italian airports to New York, Miami, Bangkok and Mumbai by the end of 2018.
This article, written by L2b member Andrea Trimarchi of Studio Pierallini, was originally published in Aviation Journal May 2018, no. 2.