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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...

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...