Good-Bye BK117 …
The MBB/Kawasaki BK117 (later Eurocopter BK117) helicopter type was in service in Italy since 1989 flying with several operators such as Elilombarda, Aeroveneta, Croce Alata, Avioriprese Jet Executive, Elilario, Alidaunia, Helitalia and Inaer Aviation Italia … but, after 28 years since the first one was registered, the last airworthy BK117 (I-DENI) was cancelled from the Italian Register on date 13 March 2017, heading north back to Airbus factory in Germany.
WEBSITE NEWS – 1 March 2017
Babcock Mission Critical Services Italia rebrands Inaer Aviation Italia.
As per today, 1st March, Babcock MCS Italia rebrands Inaer Aviation Italia.
All helicopters currently operated in Italy and abroad will be rebranded with “Babcock” blue logo … and Inaer Aviation Italia will disappear from the Italian sky after several years of operation. They will operate a mixed fleet of Airbus Helicopters H145s (EC145) and Leonardo Helicopters (AgustaWestland) AW109s, AW139s, AW169s.
Inaer Aviation Italia was the result of the merge of Inaer (Spain) (after the acquisition of Elidolomiti) and Elilario Italia, subsequently the group also acquired Helitalia.
Agusta A109K2 Helitalia I-HBHB … operating on behalf of SAMU 26-07. Valence Hospital, February 1998.
Sikorsky S76A++ Helitalia I-HBAS … wearing full color scheme at Ancona Falconara, May 1998.