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Air Dolomiti Considers Joining Lufthansa's Eurowings Concept

Lufthansa subsidiary Air Dolomiti is evaluating being a part of the Eurowings concept. The Italian regional carrier provides point-to-point service and operates as a Munich hub feeder for Lufthansa. "We want to change and we are studying being a part of the Lufthansa Wings concept; we will hopefully find a solution before Christmas," CEO Jörg Eberhart told ATW. "This coul...

Piaggio rolls out its MPA in Genoa as it displays a mock-up at show

As a newly-built maritime patrol aircraft rolls (MPA) out of a Genoa factory, Piaggio is showing off the ground demonstrator of the P.180 Avanti-based surveillance type at the Mubadala stand. Piaggio is developing the heftier and heavily modified MPA version of the Avanti in collaboration with Abu Dhabi Autonomous System Investments (ADASI). To accommodate a higher endurance of 8-9h, the MPA...

Traveller takes shape as Tecnam sticks to timeline

Italian aircraft manufacturer Tecnam is readying its P2012 Traveller for rollout by March 2016, saying it remains on track for a maiden flight of the new 11-seat piston-twin in the second quarter of next year. The airframer took delivery in October of the Traveller’s Lycoming TEO-540-A1A engines, which are now being installed on the first test aircraft. Three prototypes are now being a...

Early Aviation in Italy, As Seen Through the Enraptured Lens of a Futurist Pilot

World War I pilot Fédèle Azari spent the decade after the war making airplane-related art as part of the Italian Futurist movement. These photos, part of a group of Azari's images that have been digitized and made available through the J. Paul Getty Museum's Open Content Program, reflect Azari's vision of aviation as a gorgeous, transcendent art form.&...

ANALYSIS: Piaggio moves from transformation to consolidation

It has been a busy 30 months for Piaggio Aerospace. Since breaking into the defence market with the unveiling of its unmanned P.1HH HammerHead surveillance platform at the 2013 Paris Air Show, the Italian airframer has opened a plush new factory and switched chief executives. It has severed the remaining financial link with the Ferrari family who helped rescue the company in the late 1990s, and be...

Eight-hour Italian ATC strike planned

Air travel to and from Italy will be heavily affected as air traffic controllers plan to go on an eight-hour strike on Oct. 24. The strike, called by the pilots and air traffic controller union, Associazione Nazionale Professionale Aviazione Civile (ANPAC), is planned from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time.

Alitalia Aims To A Profitable 2017 And Speeds Up Its Turnaround

Alitalia today unveiled a series of customer service enhancements that will improve the travel experience for air passengers. The national airline of Italy also confirmed that its three years business plan was on track to be profitable by 2017. The Chairman of Alitalia, Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, and Vice Chairman of Alitalia and President and Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways, James...

Incident: Titan A320 Near Venice on Oct. 9, 2015, Captain Incapacitated

An Titan Airways Airbus A320-200 on behalf of Easyjet, registration G-POWI performing flight U2-5461 from London Gatwick, EN (UK) to Heraklion (Greece) with 170 people on board, was enroute at FL350 about 50 nm eastsoutheast of Venice (Italy) when the captain became unconscious prompting the first officer to don his oxygen mask and to divert the aircraft to Venice, where the aircraft lan...

FedEx Announce Laying of the First Stone For New Base of Operations in Malpensa

FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (FDX), and the largest express transportation company in the world, and SEA, the Milan’s airports management company, announce the start of the construction site for the development of a new base of operations at Malpensa. With more than 35,000 square meters, the new, highly-automated structure will be equipped with the latest technological syste...

Alitalia Has to Embrace Change, Says Etihad CEO

Etihad Airway's chief executive has said Alitalia cannot afford to "revert to past practices", as the Italian airline begins to show signs of improvement. The Abu Dhabi-based airline made a US$627 million investment in Alitalia, equating to a 49 percent equity stake, as part of a US$1.9 billion restructuring plan for the Italian carrier. Alitalia recorded a 2015 first-half...

Piaggio secures US and European approval for Avanti Evo Magnaghi landing gear

Piaggio Aerospace has secured European and US certification for the new landing gear on its Avanti Evo twin-engined turboprop, following an intensive flight-test programme. The system, designed and manufactured by Italian company Magnaghi, replaces the Dowty landing gear that has been a feature on all Avanti models – including the first Evo delivered in April to Greece’s Superior Ai...