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Successful first flight for the New Aermacchi M-345

•    The M-345 is the latest-generation basic jet trainer from Leonardo •    The aircraft met the expectations while showing excellent performance •    Tests will be completed within 2017   The prototype of the new Aermacchi M-345HET (High Efficiency Trainer) two-seat basic jet trainer has successfully completed i...

Leonardo-Finmeccanica contract for additional 30 EMS helicopters sets largest EMS programme in China

The contract signed with Sino-US includes the AW139 and AW169 types The helicopters will be delivered in 2017 and will be operated by KingWing Order follows contract for 25 AW119Kx in early 2016 More than 180 Leonardo helicopters of various types have been sold to Chinese customers to date for a range of commercial and public service duties Leonardo-Finmeccanica and Chinese company Sin...

FIRST ROYAL NAVY AW101 MERLIN MK4 MAKES ITS MAIDEN FLIGHT

The UK Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) expressed appreciation for the milestone  First of 25 Royal Navy AW101 Merlin helicopter upgrades completed as part of the UK MoD Merlin Life Sustainment Programme (MSLP) contract awarded in January 2014 Delivery of the 25 aircraft will take place between 2017 and 2020 The AW101 Merlin Mk4 will deliver enhanced capability for the Roya...

Qatar Airways Discusses Expansion Plans For Italy

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker hosted a press briefing with national and regional Italian media during his recent visit to Tuscany. Celebrating the launch of the airline’s flights to Pisa in August 2016, the press briefing was also attended by His Excellency Mr. Abdulaziz Bin Ahmed Al Malki Al Jehani, Qatar’s Ambassador to Italy. During the pr...

Italian helicopters to explore Arctic for Rosneft — manufacturer

Helicopters to be assembled by Italian Leonardo-Finmeccanica for Russian oil major Rosneft are particularly intended for exploration of Arctic gas and oil fields, Chief Executive Officer of the Italian industrial group Mauro Moretti said at the Eurasian Forum on Friday. "I refer to high technology helicopters capable of making long-range flights at low temperatures (minus 50 degrees Centig...

Leonardo-Finmeccanica to support AW139 helicopter training services in Australasia

Leonardo-Finmeccanica announced it has signed agreements with Toll Helicopters of Australia (Toll Group) for the support of its new AgustaWestland AW139 Level D Full Flight Simulator and to establish Toll Helicopters as an authorized training center for the Australasian region. The AW139 Full Flight Simulator, jointly developed by Leonardo and CAE and installed within Toll’s new state-of-...

Alitalia bound for Cuba with first Rome Havana flight in November

Alitalia is to begin direct flights in November from Italy to Cuba. The first non-stop service, which will operate twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays, will take off on 29 November from Rome to Havana and be flown on the route with the airline’s flagship Boeing 777 aircraft. This is the fourth new long-haul destination started this year by Alitalia following successful launches to Santiag...

Leonardo-Finmeccanica signs new contracts for civil helicopters in South America

Leonardo-Finmeccanica announced  that five corporate helicopters have recently been sold to three customers in South America. The sales include one AgustaWestland AW169 and two GrandNew helicopters to corporate customers in Argentina, and another two GrandNew helicopters to a corporate customer in Venezuela. All five aircraft will be delivered by the end of 2016.  The newly-certified...

Piaggio Aerospace: first airplane produced at the new plant in Villanova d’Albenga takes off

Less than one year after aircraft production was moved from the Genoa site, last Thursday the first Piaggio Aerospace airplane produced in the new Villanova d’Albenga plant took off from the adjacent runway of the international airport Clemente Panero. The aircraft, an Avanti EVO due to be delivered in September, is the most recent version of the famous P.180, a twin-engine turboprop sold in...

Carlo Logli to step down as Piaggio Aerospace chief executive

Carlo Logli is stepping down as chief executive of Piaggio Aerospace and will be replaced in the interim by the company’s chief operating officer Renato Vaghi. The announcement comes three weeks after the Italian airframer – wholly owned by Abu Dhabi investment house Mubadala – published its industrial plan. This involves a major reshaping of Piaggio’s portfolio to posit...

Piaggio Seeks To Reassure Operators over Avanti’s Future

Piaggio Aerospace insisted last month that it will keep producing and supporting the Avanti Evo. In an August 16 statement, the Italian manufacturer sought to reassure operators who appear to have been discouraged by a July 28 press release indicating that a new “industrial plan” will see the company focus primarily on military programs. Annual deliveries of the civil version of the...

Ryanair launches Liverpool-Bari route

Ryanair announced a new route from Liverpool to Bari, with a twice weekly service beginning in March 2017, the first route of Ryanair’s Liverpool summer 2017 schedule, which will be launched in full soon. Ryanair’s Robin Kiely said: “Ryanair is pleased to announce a new route from Liverpool to Bari, which starts in March with a twice weekly service, the first of our su...