Afghan Fleet of G.222 Reach Flight-Hour Milestone

(September 8, 2010) -- Alenia North America, a subsidiary of Alenia Aeronautica (A Finmeccanica Company), announced today that the Afghan fleet of G.222s has logged over 1,000 flight hours. The G.222 is being used by the Afghanistan Air Force (AAF) to provide airlift transport capability to the Country and its air force. "The G.222 achieving 1,000 flight hours is a great milestone for this program", said Joe Reheiser, Vice President of Air Mobility Programs at Alenia North America. "This aircraft has proven time and again that it is ideally suited to the Afghan terrain. We are confident that the fleet will prove to be an asset to the Afghanistan Air Force". The AAF have taken delivery of the first seven G.222 aircraft since September 2009, with the 6th and 7th aircraft delivered in the last days. One of these two aircraft is the VIP aircraft which will support Presidential and VIP airlift. The other has remained in Alenia's Capodichino facility near Naples, Italy, for USAF Air Advisor Training. Over the course of three years, 18 G.222 aircraft will be refurbished and modernized to a standard configuration. The United States Air Force, through the Combined Air Power Transition Force (CAPTF) in Afghanistan is rebuilding the AAF and the G.222 serves as a cornerstone of this nascent air force. The aircraft is also being used for the training of United States Air Force Air Advisors at the Alenia Aeronautica Capodichino facility in Naples, Italy.
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Source: Alenia Aeronautica
Date: Sep 9, 2010