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Ryanair Announces Record Growth Plan For Italy In 2017

Ryanair, Italy’s No 1 airline, warmly welcomed the initiatives taken by the Government of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi to reverse the €2.50 municipal tax increase from 1 Sept 2016, and Minister Graziano Delrio’s revised airport guidelines, which will enable Italy’s regional airports to compete on a level playing field with airports in Rome and Milan as long as they compl...

Leonardo-Finmeccanica confirms certification activities of AW609

Leonardo-Finmeccanica announced today that the first flying AW609 prototype has arrived in Philadelphia following a recent resumption of flight testing. Departing from Arlington, Texas, the aircraft’s flight plan included an overnight stop in Huntsville, Ala, before arriving in Philadelphia on Wednesday, August 10. With industrialization underway, Leonard...

Cargo plane overshoots runway at Italy's Bergamo airport

A DHL cargo plane skidded off a runway at Bergamo's Orio al Serio airport early Friday, its nose busting through a perimeter fence and onto a provincial highway. Officials said no one was injured. The airport near Milan, a hub for low-cost airlines and cargo traffic, was closed for about 2 ½ hours, forcing the cancellation of 15 flights and creating delays during the busy summer...

Italian Coast Guard orders two additional AW139 helicopters

This order will increase the Italian Coast Guard’s AW139 fleet to twelve, with options for a further two helicopters Aircraft to perform maritime patrol, search and rescue and emergency medical service mission Almost 240 customers from over 70 countries have ordered over 960 AW139 helicopters Leonardo-Finmeccanica announced an order for additional two AW139 intermediate twin he...

Pisa Welcomes First Qatar Airways Flight From Doha

The Italian city of Pisa welcomed the first Qatar Airways flight to arrive at its international airport from Doha, Qatar. The Airbus A330 landed at 06:55 and was greeted by a celebratory water canon salute as well as a welcome ceremony with flags and drums from people in traditional costumes. The VIP delegation on board the flight, which included the airline’s Senior Vice President...

Avanti's Future Unclear as Piaggio Focuses on Military Sales

The future of Piaggio’s Avanti twin turboprop pusher is in question, after the Italian airframer’s statement this week about a new “industrial plan” that will see the company focus primarily on military programs going forward. Annual deliveries for the civil version of the aircraft have dropped into the low single digits for the past several years. An unmanned patrol/reconn...

Leonardo-Finmeccanica AW189 Full Ice Protection System Certification

Leonardo-Finmeccanica is pleased to announce the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has certified the AW189’s Full Ice Protection System (FIPS) clearing the way for the aircraft to operate in full icing conditions when other helicopters would be grounded. The EASA certification comes after three years of flight trials in Northern Europe and North America, during the winter months, to...

Piaggio Aerospace signs partnership with Al Saif Group

Piaggio Aerospace announced today at the Farnborough International Air Show that it has appointed Saudi Company Al Saif Trading Establishment, an Al Saif Group subsidiary, as commercial agent for marketing the Avanti EVO in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman and Iraq. Al Saif Group, a conglomerate active in real estate, trading and consulting, confirmed also the option for a second Airc...

First AW169 Full flight simulator certified

Leonardo-Finmeccanica announced the first Level D Full Flight Simulator for the new generation AgustaWestland AW169 light intermediate helicopter obtained ENAC (Ente Nazionale Aviazione Civile – Italian Civil Aviation Authority) and EASA certification on June 30th. Based at the Leonardo Training Academy in Sesto Calende, Italy, the new simulator will be used to deliver advance pilot tra...

Alitalia will support 75,700 jobs in Italy in 2016; €4.7 billion benefit to national economy

Alitalia will support 75,700 jobs throughout Italy in 2016 and make a €4.7 billion contribution to the national economy, according to a leading global consultancy. The airline’s activities will see 29,700 people provided with employment to supply and help Alitalia’s own domestic workforce, who in turn will create further jobs by spending their wages in Italy to deliver €2....

AW609 interim accident report released

Italy’s National Agency for Flight Safety (ANSV) has released an interim report into the October 30 2015 fatal crash of Leonardo Helicopters’ AW609 which has identified the tiltrotor prototype was carrying out a diving manoeuvre as part of flight testing required for certification when the accident occurred. Released on June 23, the interim report showed the tiltrotor, N604AG, the s...

Air Partner provides air charter solutions for the Giro d’Italia

The Milan and Cologne offices of Air Partner, the global aviation services group, recently joined forces to support the Giro d’Italia, Italy’s most prestigious bike race. The event, which is celebrating its 99th edition this year, is organised by RCS Sport and by the prominent Italian sports newspaper “Gazzetta dello Sport”, which is owned by RCS MediaGroup. It is the seco...