Eurofly acquires its first ACJ, plans a second

 - July 24, 2007, 8:17 AM

Eurofly, Italy’s largest business aviation operator, has signed a contract for its first Airbus Corporate Jetliner and plans to acquire a second, with delivery earmarked for next spring. Powered by two 27,000-pound-thrust CFM56-5B7 turbofans, Eurofly’s ACJ will be outfitted to accommodate 48 passengers in four-abreast seating. Typical trips will be between Rome or Milan and New York.

Based at Turin Caselle Airport, Eurofly also operates from Milan and Treviso, in northeast Italy. The company was formed in March 1999 from the flight departments of three major Italian corporate giants–vehicle maker Fiat, tire and cable manufacturer Pirelli and information technology and telecommunications group Olivetti. Eurofly’s largely Dassault Falcon fleet comprises 14 aircraft, including two Falcon 50s, three Falcon 2000s, two Falcon 20s and two Falcon 900s. Two Raytheon Beechjet 400As and a Bombardier Challenger 601-3A round out its fleet. The company also operates five Airbus A320s and two A330-200s on regular line services.

Almost two-thirds of Eurofly’s operations are for its six core contract customers–
Fiat; HdP, owner of the Corriere della Sera newspaper; Pirelli; Italian communications group TIM; Ferraro; and Meloni. The remaining percentage of its business is derived from the ad hoc charter market.