Embraer and Alitalia finalized an agreement for the delivery of 15 E175s and five E190s through a lease structure arranged by third parties, the Brazilian manufacturer announced today.
Lufthansa Technik has opened a new aircraft maintenance and component services facility on the Italian airport Malpensa. Lufthansa Technik Milan (LTMIL) is offering component and planned maintenance services up to A checks, aircraft-on-ground support and troubleshooting.
Embraer delivered the first of 30 E-Jets ordered by Lufthansa–a 116-seat E195–
When the Italian government put ailing Alitalia up for sale last winter, Lufthansa was not interested. However, the German group’s Italian regional subsidiary, Air Dolomiti, is stepping up efforts to hook passengers in northern Italy. The company announced plans to base six new Embraer E195s in Milan to enhance its intra-European flight offerings starting in the first half of next year.
An unknown municipium in the Roman days, the city of Bergamo, Italy, was sacked and set on fire in the early Middle Ages. In the 12th century the town became a free city and blossomed to a network of umber stone buildings, alleys and tidy squares of the Upper Bergamo.
Commuting from the central business district of Milan, Italy, to its three airports, the advantages of Linate and its eight-minute ride become obvious. Linate (LIML) is within Milan’s eastern limits while Malpensa International is some 28 mi west. Orio al Serio, in the city of Bergamo, 22 mi northeast, is another option.
The Italian investigation into the October 8 collision between a Cessna CJ2 and an MD-87 on the main runway of Milan Linate Airport is now focusing on the failure of the ground traffic radar and allegations of misleading airport signs.
This past year independent Italian business aviation service companies made inroads against government-backed airport handling providers that have long blocked competitors in the battle for market access.
Independent FBO groups are at last challenging cozy ground handling monopolies in Italy. But the new market entrants have encountered resistance at every turn as authorities try to dodge European Union competition rules.
Italian carrier Eurofly has been operating its all-business-class Airbus A319 service between Milan and New York since May, but the start-up has been marred by a political row over traffic rights. The U.S. Department of Transportation refused to allow the service to operate to and from Milan’s near-downtown Linate Airport because U.S. airlines are obliged to use the less convenient Malpensa Airport.