Planes: 20% of Finmeccanica's revenues from Gulf

Multi-mission MC-27J presented at Air Show Dubai

18 November, 16:00

    Alenia Aermaachi Alenia C-27J Spartani displayed at the  Dubai Air show 2013 Alenia Aermaachi Alenia C-27J Spartani displayed at the Dubai Air show 2013

    (ANSAmed) - DUBAI - Alenia Aermacchi, AugustaWestland and Selex Es are Finmeccanica's representatives at the Dubai Air Show, the most prestigious air expo in terms of participation and orders placed in the Middle East, which opened on Sunday with the Emirate's highest institutional and military officials.

    Finmeccanica has been operating in the region for 40 years and just inaugurated new offices in the capital Abu Dhabi, sign of its growing relevance in the Arabic peninsula's market, with further potential for growth both in civil aviation and defence.

    'The Arabic Gulf area, in terms of revenues, is worth between 20 and 25% of our business', said Finmeccanica's CEO Alessandro Pansa, recalling the offer produced by Finmeccanica's companies.

    'Ours is a contribution dealing with the highest level of technological offer, here fly over 150 helicopters of Augusta Westland, Eurofighter Typhoon are being negotiated, the Emirati navy uses our integrated systems', explained Pansa, stressing that the strong point 'is not dimension, rather the diversification of the offer'.

    Alenia Aermacchi is presenting multi-mission carrier MC-27J at the expo while AugustaWestland is launching new-generation helicopter mock-ups Aw169 and AW189. The latter is becoming the new top vehicle for offshore transport for the Oil&Gas market with over 70 orders placed in the past two years.

    Atr and GE Capital Aviation Services (Gecas) on Monday signed an agreement for the acquisition of ten planes ATR-72-600s for a total value of 241 million dollars. The agreement, signed by Filippo Bagnato, CEO of Atr - a joint venture between Alenia Aermacchi and Eads - includes an order for five carriers and an option for another five. 'This new order by Gecas highlights the constant confidence in Atr products, and in particular the modern and efficient ATR 72-600', said Bagnato when the agreement was signed on the second day of the Dubai Air Show, the most important aviation event in the region known for the record orders placed by Gulf air carriers.

    Monday's contract follows another signed Sunday by Atr with Saudi private operator Alpha Star Aviation Services. The terms of the agreement provided for the sale of two planes of the same model plus one as an option, both designed to carry 66 passengers. The Saudi orders will be delivered in 2014 while delivery of Gecas' orders will begin in 2015. (ANSAmed)

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