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  • ANALYSIS: Italian airline consolidation enters end-game

    News | 02 Feb 2012 15:53 | Graham Dunn

    Alitalia's planned acquisition of local carriers Wind Jet and Blue Panorama, together with Meridiana Fly's previously announced merger with Air Italy, caps...
  • Italy clamps down on small regionals

    News | 01 Feb 2000 00:00

    <p>Italy's civil aviation authority, Enac, has clamped down on several of the country's small regional airlines in its first moves to tighten regulatory inspections following its reorganisation in 1997. </p> <p>Air Sicilia is back in operation following the grounding of the chief pilot for failing to comply with numerous procedural requirements, effectively grounding the Palermo-based carrier's two Boeing 737s and one ATR 42. A new chief pilot has been approved by Enac. </p> <p>Another new entrant on the Italian regional market, SiFly, was briefly grounded after Enac suspended its operator's licence. The carrier had failed to complete fully the required flight and maintenance log books for the ATR 42 which crashed in Kosovo on charter to the United Nations in November, killing all 24 people on board. </p> <p>The civil aviation authority has also taken action over Italair, a carrier based in Rome that operates a network including Pisa and Alghero, in Sardinia, with three ATR 42s. The
  • Thin end of the wedge

    News | 08 Jan 1997 00:00

    <p>It is a feature of helicopter operations in the Middle East that, when Israel decides to react to any kind of provocation in south Lebanon - and the Tel Aviv Government does so often - the United Nations peacekeeping force in the area is grounded. UN operations in the region require the authority of the Israeli and Lebanese Governments. While it is officially not necessary to do so, the Naqoura-based UN command prudently also advises the regional Hizbollah office. This is a precaution to prevent its aircraft coming under attack. </p> <p>UN air crews have become ground-fire targets in the past, particularly at night, when some units are unable (and often unwilling) to distinguish between the brilliant-white livery of UN helicopters and that of Israeli gunships. </p> <p>Flight International spent time in March, and again in August, 1996, flying with Heliwing Italair from Naqoura, a few kilometres north of the Israeli border post at Rosh Haniqra. All flights were on Italian air force