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CAE-Líder joint venture strengthen its training partnership with Leonardo

CAE-Líder, the joint venture between CAE and Líder Aviação, and Leonardo announced at the 2017 Heli Expo the signature of an agreement to designate CAE-Líder as the Recognised Flight Simulation Centre (RFSC) for the delivery of OEM quality AgustaWestland AW139 flight simulator hours supporting training i...

Leonardo strengthens strategic partnership with Shanghai Zenisun in Chinese civil helicopter market

Cooperation reinforces distributor agreement of Leonardo’s civil helicopters and envisages local training and completion center in China  Over 80 civil helicopters ordered by Sino-US Intercontinental, part of Shanghai Zenisun, including 55 EMS aircraft for the largest EMS helicopter program in China More than 180 helicopters of various types have been sold to Chinese customers to...

Piaggio Aerospace to offer its Avanti EVO with enlarged door for MedEvac configuration

Piaggio Aerospace, a leading Italian aircraft manufacturer active in the business and defence & security sectors, announced it will provide its Avanti EVO aircraft in MedEvac and other special missions configuration with an enlarged cabin door as an option. The announcement was made at AVALON 2017, the Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition staged at Avalo...

Leonardo AW609 programme moves forward and prepares for icing trials

Several ground and flight tests already performed in Philadelphia by the third AW609 prototype  Aircraft remains on schedule to begin icing trials this winter  FAA certification is on track for 2018​ The AW609 TiltRotor programme is expected to start icing trials soon following recent ground and flight testing activities. These advances have been made in support of...

Alitalia in Rome government talks on turnaround plan

Alitalia and its shareholders presented their latest business plan to Italy’s government on Monday, paving the way for crunch talks with unions over up to 2,000 job cuts that could decide the future of the struggling carrier. The Italian centre-left government pledged support for efforts to turn around the airline but asked the carrier to finalise a plan before starting any talks over pos...

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...