Alitalia has received the first of two new A330-200s from the Airbus final assembly line in Toulouse.

Alitalia has received the first of two new A330-200s from the Airbus final assembly line in Toulouse.

The A330-200 is configured in a high-comfort, three-class layout and is the first Alitalia aircraft to feature the carrier’s new premium-economy ‘Classica Plus’ class and a completely updated ‘Magnifica’ business class.

Seating 230 passengers with 181 in economy, 21 in premium economy and 28 in business class, the aircraft will be deployed on Alitalia’s network of transatlantic routes. It is the first of two new A330-200s to be delivered to Alitalia this year. Alitalia is taking both aircraft on operating leases, according to Airbus’ comprehensive list of orders and deliveries for all Airbus aircraft worldwide.

“The high efficiency and low operating costs of the A330 made it the perfect platform for the launch of our new Classica Plus”, says Andrea Stolfa, Alitalia’s executive vice president marketing, revenue management & network. “And with our new business class full-flat seats updating the Magnifica class, our passengers will be treated to the best service in the skies, featuring a wide range of upscale Italian brands: food, wines and travel accessories.”

On July 15, 2010 Alitialia received the first of two new Airbus A330-200s it had agreed to lease. The aircraft is the first to be fitted with Alitalia's new 'Classica Plus' premium-economy cabin and updated 'Magnifica' business class

All current-production Airbus aircraft share cockpit and operational commonality, allowing airlines to use the same pool of pilots, cabin crews and maintenance engineers, bringing operational flexibility and cost savings

To date, Airbus has won more than 1,000 firm orders for the various versions of the A330. Almost 700 A330s have already been delivered and the aircraft is currently flying with more than 80 operators worldwide.

Following the liquidation of the original Alitalia in 2008 and the creation of the new Alitalia under the ownership of Compagnia Aerea Italiana (CAI, formed by a consortium of Italian entrepreneurs and Italian bank Intesa Sanpaolo), CAI sold a 25 per cent shareholding to Air France-KLM Group, as well as an option to buy further shares from 2013.