Alitalia director Giorgio Giorgi has been appointed as the new general manager of Piaggio Aero Industries. Giorgi, who has an engineering background, has been with the Italian flag carrier since 1968 and is also a director of Milan-based charter operator Eurofly. At Alitalia, he has been responsible for aircraft servicing, fleet development and flight crew costs.
EUROFLY ACQUIRES ITS FIRST ACJ, PLANS A SECOND
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.
Giving “club class” a new meaning, Italian carrier Eurofly is about to begin charter operations with an Airbus A319LR “business liner” on static display here at the EBACE show. Eurofly acquired the aircraft new about a year ago and holds an option on a second example.
Dr. Rudolfo Baviera is the new chairman of the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA). Baviera, chairman and CEO of Italian charter and aircraft management firm Eurofly Service, will succeed Brian Humphries at the end of next month. Humphries will become EBAA’s full-time CEO, succeeding Fernand Francois, who is retiring after 12 years in the post.
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.