Elitellina: An Italian Affair

Since opting for the Alouette and Lama more than 30 years ago, Elitellina has always placed its trust in Eurocopter helicopters. The company has been operating an all-Eurocopter fleet since 1977 and recently bought two AS350 B3 Ecureuils.

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On April 15, Elitellina took delivery of two brand new AS350 B3 Ecureuils in Marignane. The event meant so much to the Italian operator that most of the 25 people in the company, including the executive committee and CEO Guido Fratta, came to accept the two new aircraft from the Eurocopter range.
Elitellina was set up in 1977 to perform passenger transport and aerial work in the high mountains. The company now has six Eurocopter aircraft–five AS350 B3s and a Lama–that carry out a wide range of missions in the Central Alps. Elitellina has considerably expanded in the last few years to keep up with the market, and heliski and firefighting activities have been added to its traditional hoisting missions. The company also offers a first-class passenger transport service.
The company’s 30-year faith in Eurocopter helicopters is all the more noteworthy given the fact that Elitellina operates in AgustaWestland’s homeland. Questioned on three decades of close and productive partnership, Signor Fratta is full of praise for the Group: “We’ve always been very happy with our relationship. Eurocopter trains our pilots and technicians, and the results have always been excellent. Elitellina’s main purpose is to offer completely safe services in the mountains— hence the fact that we leave nothing to chance. In 30 years, we’ve never had the slightest problem with our fleet.”
Managing Director Enrico Carraro continues: “We also love Eurocopter helicopters and want to operate a uniform fleet. The AS350 B3 Ecureuil is an extremely versatile and technically advanced helicopter.” And Elitellina doesn’t just talk the talk: In 2010, a further AS350 B3 Ecureuil will join the fleet. The Italian operator is also a Part 145 approved maintenance center.