NEWS I MANUFACTURER I 10 Piaggio awarded contract by italian MOD While getting closer to the deadline for the submission of expressions of interest for the purchase of its business complexes, Piaggio Aerospace is awarded a new contract worth approximately € 125 million: The Italian manufacturer, in extraordinary administration since the end of 2018, has announced today the signing of an agreement with the Ministry of Defence for the maintenance of the entire fleet of the P.180 currently operated by the various Armed Forces: Air Force, Navy, Army and Carabinieri. The agreement provides in particular that the Italian Manufacturer will guarantee for nine consecutive years the Integrated Logistic Support for the P.180 aircraft owned by the Ministry of Defence. Among the planned activities: scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, the supply of engineering services to ensure the continuous airworthiness of the fleet and the supply of spare parts. The aircraft are mainly used for transport activities, ambulances, flight inspection and training. «The contract signed today allows us to further strengthen Piaggio Aerospace distinctive positioning in the maintenance of both aircraft and aircraft engines, a sector that sees the company competing with the main international operators», commented Vincenzo Nicastro, Extraordinary Commissioner of Piaggio Aerospace. «This is a new important step forward in the project to create a single national hub for the maintenance of the aircraft of the Italian Armed Forces and a further step in the process of relaunching the company, which will shortly see the closure of the first phase of the international tender». Piaggio Aerospace goes to potential buyers, who have until 29 May to submit their Expressions of Interest, with a significant order book. With the contract announced today, the value of the firm order backlog rises to 640 million.
NEWS I OPERATOR Vertis Aviation adds first multi-mission ERJ145 Vertis Aviation has added an Embraer ERJ145 to its Vertis Charter Management Programme, VCMP. The aircraft is available immediately for on demand passenger or cargo charters. The first of its kind in the Vertis portfolio, it supports the Vertis goal of deploying the right aircraft for the right mission in the right location to meet changing market trends. Based in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, the privately owned ERJ145 has a range of some four hours and is strategically positioned to serve increasing demand from customers requiring group passenger transportation or cargo lift within Western and sub-Saharan African regions. The cabin seats up to 50 passengers or holds up to four tonnes of cargo, making the aircraft ideal for corporations moving visiting executives around the region, local industry requiring reliable and regular worker transportation, private tourism, or efficient cargo transportation. Vertis anticipates the continued growth of mining, agriculture, communications, tourism, construction and other industries, will drive demand for movements between destinations not well-served by commercial aviation. «The African commercial network is renowned for its inability to connect major economic hubs easily and conveniently. This has driven the rise of business aviation on the continent and as economies continue to expand the need for access to aircraft that can move goods and people from point to point, rather than via convoluted routes, is imperative. The chaos being caused to the commercial airline industry by the COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating the limited nature of these services. We are filling a gap by providing access to an aircraft with the capabilities and reliability of the ERJ145.» said Catherine Buchanan, Chief Operating Officer for Vertis. As African economies continue to strengthen Buchanan says the aircraft adds real value to the business and for Vertis customers. «It is the first time we have promoted a multi-mission aircraft but with our knowledge of the African aviation market, and our recent experience with cargo and repatriation flights following the new coronavirus outbreak, this a natural evolution for the business. We’re excited about the opportunity it presents.» The largest member of the Embraer regional jet family, the ERJ145 was developed specifically for regional operations so is well suited to the changing patterns of charter needs in Africa. The addition of the ERJ145 supplements the existing Vertis portfolio of marketed aircraft which includes a Bombardier Global 5000, a Bombardier Global 6000, a Bombardier Challenger 350, and a Dassault Falcon 900EX. Supporting owners and operators by offering exclusive outsourced charter sales management the Vertis Charter Management Programme is ideal for individual owners, small fleet operators, or aircraft management companies looking for innovative ways of supporting owners’ assets while bringing new charter opportunities to market. Ultimate Jet I 11
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