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Alitalia’s new direct flight linking Rome and Mexico City departs

Alitalia’s first direct, non-stop flight from Rome to Mexico City took off this morning at 10.25am. The inaugural service operated by Alitalia’s flagship long-haul Boeing 777 aircraft took off from Fiumicino airport to the Mexican capital with a load factor over 80 per cent. The new route was launched with a ribbon cutting ceremony performed by Alitalia’s CEO Cramer Ball, Heritage, Arts and Tou...

Firt of 8 AERMACCHI M-346 aircraft for the Polish Air Force unveiled by Polish Deputy Defence Minister Bartosz Kownacki

The roll-out ceremony for the first of eight Polish Air Force M-346 aircraft took place today at Leonardo-Finmeccanica’s facility in Venegono-Superiore (near Varese). The event was attended by the Polish Deputy Defense Minister, Bartosz Kownacki, the State Under Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, Gioacchino Alfano, and by the Managing Director of Leonardo-Finmeccanica Aircraft, Filippo Ba...

Third AW609 tiltrotor prototype resumes testing following fatal crash

After a six month hiatus, ground tests have resumed on the third prototype (A/C3) of the AgustaWestland AW609 tiltrotor. The aircraft recently underwent restrained ground testing with all engines and systems online after testing was suspended following a fatal air crash on October 30, 2015, which cost the lives of two test pilots. According to Leonardo-Finmeccanica, the recent ground tests invo...

Third AW609 TiltRotor prototype moves closer to maiden flight following ground run

Leonardo-Finmeccanica announced that the third prototype (A/C3) of the AgustaWestland AW609 TiltRotor has completed its first ground run at the company's facilities in Cascina Costa, Italy, marking a critical milestone as the programme advances its testing and plans a resumption of flight testing activities. Aircraft AW609 A/C3 began restrained ground run testing with all engines and system...

Italian authorities probe crash of Hero UAV

Italy’s ANSV air accident investigation board has opened an inquiry after an accident involving an SD-150 Hero unmanned air vehicle at Siena’s Ampugnano airport. Manufactured and operated by Sistemi Dinamici and bearing the registration I-UASC, the Hero was damaged in the 12 April incident while performing a test flight, says ANSV. However, it does not provide additional details...

Finmeccanica signs contract to supply 28 Eurofighter Typhoons to Kuwait

The Kuwait Ministry of Defence and Finmeccanica, which leads commercial activities in Kuwait on behalf of the Eurofighter consortium, today signed a contract for the supply of 28 Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft, to be produced in Italy. The contract, part of an intergovernmental agreement between the two countries, was signed in the presence of the Italian Defence Minister Roberta Pinotti and her Kuw...

AW189 helicopter fleet surpasses 10,000 flight hours

Flying hour milestone achieved by 26 aircraft in service in Europe, Middle East, Asia and North America, less than two years after very first delivery; Market leading super medium class helicopter with more sales, more deliveries, more flight hours and performing more roles than any other competing helicopter; Over 150 units sold to customers worldwide to date including firm orders, options...

Italy doubles order for M-346 jet trainers

Italy has placed a follow-on order worth €300 million ($336 million) for an additional nine Aermacchi M-346 advanced jet trainers. The deal doubles the number of Honeywell F124-powered aircraft ordered for the Italian air force, which uses the designation T-346A. Delivery of the new trainers is to begin this year and will be complete by 2018. Italian air force The contr...

OPINION: Goodbye Finmecccanica, hello Leonardo

Arrivederci Finmeccanica. Buongiorno Leonardo. Not long after the Italian group announced it was consolidating its businesses around a single corporate identity, it has revealed that new identity – a surprising choice, inspired by the country’s greatest genius. Safran, meanwhile, is to replace Snecma, Messier-Bugatti-Dowty and other venerable brands with a ­monicker cr...

Finmeccanica to go by new name of Leonardo

Italian aerospace and defence giant Finmeccanica said it planned to change its name to Leonardo, after celebrated Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci, as part of a major restructuring. The announcement came as the company, which last month agreed to sell its rail and traffic signal businesses to Japan's Hitachi in a $2.0 billion deal, announced better-than-expected results for 2015. Fin...

Finmeccanica AW109 Trekker helicopter performs first flight

Finmeccanica has announced the maiden flight of the new AgustaWestland AW109 Trekker light twin-engine helicopter.   A prototype aircraft took to the air for the first time at the Helicopter Division’s Cascina Costa facility (Italy).    The helicopter performed as expected during the flight which included an assessment of its general handling and basic systems. A total of...

Qatar Airways Wants a Piece of Italian Air Carrier Meridiana

Meridiana SpA, Italy’s second-largest airline, said a holding company of its owner the Aga Khan has signed a preliminary accord on a partnership with Qatar Airways. The memorandum of understanding between the Gulf carrier and Alisarda lays out conditions for a transaction to be completed in the first half, Meridiana said Thursday. Under European law, Qatar Air could buy as much...