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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...

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...