SAE Media Group are delighted to announce the return of the Military Airlift and Air-to-Air Refuelling conference, taking place on the 29th and 30th November 2022 in Florence, Italy.

Building on our critically acclaimed 2021 edition, the 23rd annual conference remains the preeminent forum for the international air mobility and airlift community – providing critical perspectives from heavy and tactical airlift, rotary wing and AAR industries.

In light of growing operational demands, coupled with recent examples of military support to civilian authorities in the recent COVID-19 epidemic, means that there has never been a more important time to view how armed forces, industry and governments are developing this force multiplier.

Covering key mission areas such as resource pooling and sharing, humanitarian support, AAR technical updates and news from multi-national and national procurement efforts – this comprehensive conference remains the an essential calendar date for those in the airlift and AAR community.

Listen to briefings from key allied partners across the strategic and tactical airlift sectors and develop an understanding of programme developments and future requirements
Refined focus on the air-to-air refuelling market and how this critical enabler provides mission support
Industry presentations from key commercial partners across the domain
Learn about key topics within the Military Airlift and AAR community including rotary wing AAR and airlift, resource pooling efforts, humanitarian and disaster relief airlift and rapid response and delivery capability

100th Air Refueling Wing; 15 Wing Air Transport; 916th Air Refueling Wing, US Air Force; AATTC, US Air National Guard; AFLCMC/WKDI KC-135 FMS, US Air Force; Air Command; Air Force; Airbus; Airbus Defence & Space; Airbus Defence and Space; Airbus Group; Allied Support Services International Group Inc; ALVEST/TLD Headquarters Office; Armada International & Asian Military Review; Austrian Ministry of Defence and Sports; Aviation Week ; Avidonn Consulting; Belgian Air Force 15Wing Air Tpt; Belgian Air Force Headquarters; Boeing; Brazilian Air Force; CAOC UEDEM; Dstl (MOD); DTAQ Europe Office; EATC; Embraer Defense & Security; ETAC – European Tactical Airlift Centre; European Air Transport Command; European Air Transport Command (EATC); German Air Force; German Airforce; Heavy Airlift Wing; Hungarian Air Force - HuAF; Hungarian Defences Forces, MH 59. SZD AIR BASE, Air Transport Squadron; Ikonos Press; INSPECTORATE FOR ARMED FORCES SUPPORT; Institute for Defense Analyses; Italian Air Force; Janes; Joint HQ; Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company; Logistic Command; MCCE; Ministry of Defence; MITIGA Solutions; Movement Coordination Centre Europe (MCCE); National Defence; NATO; NATO Centre of Excellence for Military Medicine; NATO DACCC; NATO HQ; New Zealand Defence Staff - London; Ocean Software Pty Ltd; RAF Brize Norton; Raport-wto; RDAF; RID – Rivista Italiana Difesa; Royal Air Force; Royal Canadian Air Force; Royal Danish Air Force; Royal Danish Airforce; Royal Netherlands Air Force ; Shephard Press Limited; SMi Group Ltd; Spanish Air Force; Swedish Armed Forces; The Boeing Company; TLD; TLD America; TLD Europe ; U.S. Transportation Command; Ukrainian Embassy; UNITED STATES TRANSPORTATION COMMAND; US Air Force; US Air Force Reserve; US Europe Command (USEUCOM); US Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM); Usaf; USAFE; USAFRICOM; USTRANSCOM; World Food Programme; Zespol Badan I Analiz Militarnych;

Conference programme

8:00 Registration & Coffee

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Laurent Donnet

Laurent Donnet, Managing Director, Avidonn Consulting
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9:00 Perspectives from the 46th Air Brigade

Lieutenant Colonel Fabio Di Stefano

Lieutenant Colonel Fabio Di Stefano, TTPs & EW Unit Chief, Italian Airforce - 46 Air Brigade

9:30 Air Mobility Command: Providing Global Air Mobility

Brigadier General Rebecca Sonkiss

Brigadier General Rebecca Sonkiss, Commander, 618th Air Operations Center (AOC)
View Bio

  • Priorities for Air Mobility Command: develop the force and advance warfighting capabilities to maximize full-spectrum readiness and generate the credible capacity required to project the Joint Force and ensure strategic deterrence
  • Global effects and overview of air mobility operational wings
  • Developing Multi-Capable Airmen and Digitally-Adept Airmen for future operations
  • Fuelling the fight: AAR capabilities enabled by AMC

10:00 Supporting Aerial Refueling well into the 21st Century

Matt Kaslik

Matt Kaslik, Boeing International Business Development, Boeing
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  •  KC-46 Combat Tanker Capabilities
  • Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS): Connecting the War Fighter
  • Flexible Multi-Mission and Rapid Reconfiguration Capabilities
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 The C-390 Millennium - Creating, Delivering and Supporting an Airlift Capability Suitable for 21st Century Operations

    Simon Johns

    Simon Johns, Vice President Business Development, Embraer Defence & Security
    View Bio

  • How maintenance and reliability design concept underpins operational effect
  • Delivering more operational capability with fewer assets
  • Growing the regional support solution in line with the growth in NATO operators

    11:30 The Role of the Heavy Airlift Wing in Afghanistan and support for Ukraine

    Colonel Peder Söderström

    Colonel Peder Söderström, Commander, Heavy Airlift Wing
    View Bio

  •  Overview of the HAW structure, its mission, and the C-17 Globemaster platform
  • The evacuation of Kabul
  • HAW role in support for Ukraine
  • The importance of maintaining effective multinational collaboration for rapid delivery
  • 12:00 Airbus military airlifters: National assets for Defence and Humanitarian missions. Status updates, among others

    Jose-Luis  De Miguel Cortes

    Jose-Luis De Miguel Cortes, President Product Marketing, Airbus Defence and Space
    View Bio

  • A330 MRTT: The benchmark for multi-role tankers. The world’s first tanker certified for automatic air-to-air refuelling boom operations
  •  A400M: The game.changer: Heavy airlift into tactical locations. Proven on military and humanitarian missions. Adding new capabilities
  • C295: The most versatile and effi cient tactical transport aircraft. Ideal complement to heavy airlifters and transport helicopters

    12:30 Networking Lunch

    13:30 Session Reserved for Gold Sponsor Lockheed Martin

    Tony Frese

    Tony Frese, Business Development Vice President, Lockheed Martin
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    14:00 The 435th Contingency Response Group: Ukraine Response

    Lieutenant Colonel Matt Stewart

    Lieutenant Colonel Matt Stewart, Commander, 435th Contingency Response Group, USAF

  • 435th Contingency Response Group deployed 164 mbrs to establish an Aerial Port of Debarkation to receive the 82d Airborne
  • The shifting mission after Ukraine was invaded and 36 nations began flying in aid for Ukraine
  • Partner nation coordination to schedule aid shipments for Ukraine

    14:30 The Airlift Coordination Centre: Harmonising National Capabilities

    Lieutenant Colonel Derek Rankin

    Lieutenant Colonel Derek Rankin, Chief, ALCC, Airlift Coordination Centre / NATO Deployable Air Command and Control Centre
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  •  Who and what is the ALCC?
  • What lessons have been learned from ALCC operations?
  • Coordinating national assets to ensure rapid and effective multinational airlift capabilities

    15:00 Afternoon Tea

    15:30 351st Air Refueling Squadron, United States Air Forces Europe and Air Forces Africa’s sole air refueling squadron

    Lieutenant Colonel Tyler Berge

    Lieutenant Colonel Tyler Berge, Commander, 351st Air Refuelling Squadron, USAF
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  •  Strategic nature of the command’s only air refueling squadron
  • Unique capabilities the KC-135 brings to the area of responsibility
  •  Impacts and lessons learned from recent support for NATO forward presence on the eastern front
  •  Forging Partnerships
  • 16:00 Industry Panel Debate Substantial increase of Defence Budgets, a panacea for industry or not?

  •  Where can you greater collaborate with other industry?
  •  What are the main challenges to collaboration in regard to both industry and government? What needs to be better?
  • Speculate: What is the future of Airlift and Air-to-Air Refuelling?
  • Matt Kaslik

    Matt Kaslik, Boeing International Business Development, Boeing
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    Jose-Luis  De Miguel Cortes

    Jose-Luis De Miguel Cortes, President Product Marketing, Airbus Defence and Space
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    Jose Gustavo

    Jose Gustavo, Vice President Sales and Business Development, Embraer
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    Lieutenant General (ret.) Settimo Caputo

    Lieutenant General (ret.) Settimo Caputo, Senior Advisor Marketing & Strategic Campaigns, Chief Commercial Office, Leonardo S.p.A.
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    Tony Frese

    Tony Frese, Business Development Vice President, Lockheed Martin
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    16:45 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Laurent Donnet

    Laurent Donnet, Managing Director, Avidonn Consulting
    View Bio

    17:00 Networking Reception

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Laurent Donnet

    Laurent Donnet, Managing Director, Avidonn Consulting
    View Bio

    9:00 14th Wing; Capability and Challenges

    Colonel Luca Mazzini

    Colonel Luca Mazzini, Commander, 14th Wing, Italian Air Force
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    9:30 Experiences with and perspectives for the Austrian Military Airlift capabilities

    Brigadier General Wolfgang Luttenberger

    Brigadier General Wolfgang Luttenberger, Commander, Commander Aviation Brigade, Austrian Armed Forces
    View Bio

  • Challenges during operations and exercise execution of military airlift 
  • International training programs and cooperation in planning and 
  •  Prospects and requirements for future national airlift systems
  • 10:00 C-27J Spartan: from Tactical Transport to Multi-Mission Aircraft

    Stefano Porreca

    Stefano Porreca, Marketing & Sales, Leonardo S.p.A
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  • C-27J: the most versatile Tactical Airlifter
  • 360° Support and Training
  • The C-27J Multi-Mission evolution
  • Dual use opportunities
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Port City Air - The Gateway to America

  • Clearing US Customs
  • Ground Operations
  • Cargo Handling
  • Full Concierge Services
  • Mark Brophy

    Mark Brophy, MSGT, USAF retired, Port City Air
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    Stephanie Pratt

    Stephanie Pratt, Director of Sales and Marketing, Port City Air
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    11:30 Ramstein Air Base: The Global Gateway…More than just airlift”

    Colonel Sean Finnan

    Colonel Sean Finnan, 86th Operations Group Commander, 86th Operations Group, U.S. Air Force
    View Bio

  • Overview of who we are and what we do  Recent innovations (sUAS program, Innovation cell, C-130J Block 8.1 upgrade, etc.)
  • Support to Eastern Europe operations (Ukraine)…contingency lodging, additional aircraft, SecDef summit
  • Support to joint and allied partners
  • 12:00 Preparing Future Airlift Personnel Through the Advanced Airlift Tactics Training Centre

    Colonel Barrett Golden

    Colonel Barrett Golden, Commandant, AATTC (Advanced Airlift Tactics Training Center)
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  • Mission: Increasing the war fighting effectiveness and survivability of Mobility Forces
  • Overview of AATTC capabilities to train the next generation of airlift personnel 
  • Cultural Shift to Agile Combat Employment (ACE) and its challenges
  • Focusing on international partnerships and strengthening joint training experiences 
  • 12:30 Networking Lunch

    13:30 Beyond Visual Line of Sight Military Connectivity and Operational Efficiency

    Claudio Arienta

    Claudio Arienta, Sales Director, Honeywell Aerospace
    View Bio

    14:00 Strategic Airlift International Solution (SALIS) 2022 Updates

    Lieutenant Colonel Harald Struzyna

    Lieutenant Colonel Harald Struzyna, Commanding Officer, Strategic Airlift Interim Solution Coordination Cell
    View Bio

  • Proving Service for over and outsized cargo in a changed environment
  • What are the main aspects of the changed operating environment?.
  • What have the key challenges been for SALIS in recent years?
  • 14:30 NSPA Military Airlift Efforts: 2022 Update

    Franck Verdierre

    Franck Verdierre, Chief of Division , NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA)
    View Bio

  • Work with SALIS as its contracting authority
  • The NSPA Transportation System (Air part) and the foreseen development of Partnerships intended to facilitate access to NSPA transportation support for NATO Nations
  • The ability of NSPA to provide transport services in military expeditionary environment in line with the services provided in MALI this year in support of TAKUBA TF
  • Global Access Services
  • 15:00 Afternoon Tea

    15:30 The MCCE Air Transport Cell

    Major Benjamin Praschl

    Major Benjamin Praschl, Deputy Cell Chief AT-Cell and ATARES Manager, Movement Coordination Centre Europe (MCCE)

  • Overview of the AT Cell
  • Core duties
  • 16:00 Aeromedical Evacuation in NATO — The Doc's Perspective

    Major/Dr Jacopo Frassini

    Major/Dr Jacopo Frassini, Doctrine Staff Officer, NATO Centre of Excellence for Military Medicine
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  • The architecture of an Allied aeromedical evacuation system and the continuum of care: doctrine and terminology
  • Standards and quality of care in shaping aeromedical evacuation systems: a partnership between operations and healthcare
  • Future requirements for sustaining patient outcomes: challenges, opportunities and innovations.
  • 16:30 JAPCC: Air to Air Refuelling and Interoperability

    Lieutenant Colonel Isaiah Oppelaar

    Lieutenant Colonel Isaiah Oppelaar, Air Mobility Strategist, NATO JAPCC
    View Bio

  •  A short overview of the JAPCC, our mission, leadership, focus areas, and areas of expertise. 
  •  The function of the AAR portion of the Air Operations Support Branch 
  • within JAPCC
  •  Key information on services provided, where to access key resources and participation from across the globe to improve interoperabilit
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Laurent Donnet

    Laurent Donnet, Managing Director, Avidonn Consulting
    View Bio

    8:00 Depart Hotel on Coach

    9:00 Arrival at Pisa Air Base: Aircraft Tour - Air Terminal Operation Centre

    10:30 Networking Break

    11:30 Facilities Visit: Simulators

    12:30 End of Site Visit: Coach back to Hotel


    618th Air Operations Center (AOC)
    Commander Aviation Brigade, Austrian Armed Forces
    Sales Director
    Honeywell Aerospace
    AATTC (Advanced Airlift Tactics Training Center)
    Commander, 14th Wing
    Italian Air Force
    Heavy Airlift Wing
    86th Operations Group Commander
    86th Operations Group, U.S. Air Force
    Chief of Division
    NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA)
    Vice President Sales and Business Development
    President Product Marketing
    Airbus Defence and Space
    Managing Director
    Avidonn Consulting
    Chief, ALCC
    Airlift Coordination Centre / NATO Deployable Air Command and Control Centre
    TTPs & EW Unit Chief
    Italian Airforce - 46 Air Brigade
    Commanding Officer
    Strategic Airlift Interim Solution Coordination Cell
    Air Mobility Strategist
    435th Contingency Response Group, USAF
    351st Air Refuelling Squadron, USAF
    Senior Advisor Marketing & Strategic Campaigns, Chief Commercial Office
    Leonardo S.p.A.
    Deputy Cell Chief AT-Cell and ATARES Manager
    Movement Coordination Centre Europe (MCCE)
    Doctrine Staff Officer
    NATO Centre of Excellence for Military Medicine
    MSGT, USAF retired
    Port City Air
    Boeing International Business Development
    Vice President Business Development
    Embraer Defence & Security
    Marketing & Sales
    Leonardo S.p.A
    Director of Sales and Marketing
    Port City Air
    Business Development Vice President
    Lockheed Martin

    Gold Sponsor

    Sponsors and Exhibitors


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    Speaker Biographies


    Chairman's Invitation Letter


    Past Attendee List






    2021 Past Presentation - Brigadier General Alessandro De Lorenzo, Italian Air Force


    2021 Past Presentation – Stefano Porreca, Leonardo


    Sponsors and Exhibitors


    Gold Sponsor

    Airbus Defence and Space is a global leader for aerospace, defence and security solutions and a reliable partner to commercial and governmental customers worldwide. It is one of the two divisions of Airbus.

    More than 33,000 employees from over 80 different nationalities generate revenues of around €11 billion in 4 programme lines: Military Aircraft, Space Systems, Unmanned Aerial Systems and Connected Intelligence. Airbus Defence and Space contributes to ensuring future European autonomy and sovereignty in defence and security as leading industrial partner in Europe’s most ambitious development programme Future Combat Air System (FCAS).

    Military Aircraft pioneers the full range of integrated air power solutions. Together, the A400M, C295, A330 MRTT and Eurofighter Typhoon make up a world-class product range operated by customers worldwide. By leveraging Airbus’ best-in-class design, development, production, integration and service capabilities, customers benefit from end-to-end lifecycle solutions supporting sovereign, mission-ready air power solutions.

    Space Systems develops and operates major civil and defence space systems and delivers powerful insights through space-based services. Its satellite system solutions for telecommunications, Earth observation, navigation and science include spacecraft, ground segments and payloads. As the European prime contractor for launchers, orbital systems and space exploration, its key systems include the Ariane launchers in a joint venture with Safran.

    Unmanned Aerial Systems drives the future of unmanned flight by delivering innovative solutions and leveraging eco-systems and partnerships. Airbus is prime contractor for the remotely piloted aircraft Eurodrone and the High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite Zephyr. The portfolio comprises drone services, such as operational services, flight operations and approvals, consulting, training and Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul Services.

    Connected Intelligence provides solutions for situational awareness and secure communications services worldwide. The business offers imagery, industry-specific applications to transform data into actions and is a trusted partner for protection from cyber threats.


    Gold Sponsor

    Embraer Defense & Security is the leading aerospace and defense industry in Latin America. In addition to the A-29 Super Tucano light attack and advanced trainer and the multi-mission KC-390 military airlift, it provides a full line of integrated solutions and applications such as Command and Control Center (C4I), radars, ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance) and space. This also includes integrated systems for information, communications, border monitoring and surveillance as well as aircraft for authorities’ transportation and special missions. With a growing presence on the global market, Embraer Defense & Security products and solutions have been sold to more than 60 customers throughout its history.

    Lockheed Martin

    Gold Sponsor

    Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 100,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.

    Sponsors and Exhibitors


    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    Military operators are increasingly cognizant of the benefits of resilient Beyond Visual Line Of Sight (BVLOS) high speed communication capabilities. Honeywell has provided BVLOS solutions to various military organizations around the world, where the systems are being used to enable and enhance a variety of mission applications. Recent operations in the Ukraine, such as the Kabul Airlift and Covid 19 relief activities have put the need for seamless, global, reliable, and resilient high-speed connectivity into sharp focus. As defense departments strive to optimize and expand the capabilities of their airborne assets, BVLOS is an essential enabler to optimize mission effectiveness and outcomes.

    Real-time high-speed broadband communication has become vital for mission success, which depends on having the right information, at the right place, at the right time, and to the right people. The Connected Battlespace is accelerating connectivity requirements. Air Forces need to be able to deploy rapidly, at anytime, anywhere in the world and asset utilization is increasingly stretched, with one platform type previously dedicated to specific missions expected to perform multiple roles. Furthermore, vast amounts of data need to be processed and communicated in real-time with the accelerated use and integration of artificial intelligence for enhanced situational awareness and decision making.

    Recent events where the rapidly deployed operation face unique communication challenges can be overcome with BVLOS communication capability. Similarly, for Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions, collecting the data is facilitated by advanced sensing technology and multiple platforms – the continued area of weakness is disseminating the gigabytes of data securely so that the data can be turned into information and exploited in as near to real-time as possible.

    Honeywell has been at the forefront of airborne Satellite Communications (SATCOM) systems innovation for over three decades. From the early systems in the early 1990s, which provided reliable cockpit connectivity for the first time, our constant innovation has enabled military aircraft to carry out missions more efficiently and safely. Honeywell’s SATCOM technology leadership has enabled military organizations to enjoy progressively faster and improved connectivity. From on-board phones and faxes, to Swift64, to SwiftBroadband, and to today’s Global Xpress powered by Honeywell JetWave and JetWave MCX network agnostic capability, this has set a new standard for aviation connectivity. With SATCOM research, technology, and support centers of excellence in Canada, US, UK, France, and India, Honeywell has vast experience and capability in innovating, developing, manufacturing, certifying, and supporting SATCOM systems. Today, our SATCOM systems can be found on thousands of aircraft worldwide, across the General Aviation, Business Aviation, Commercial Air Transport and Defense sectors. Honeywell’s extensive global support infrastructure ensures customers have access to expert support, wherever they are.


    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    An award-winning global leader in executive aviation, Jetex is recognized for delivering flexible, best-in-class trip support solutions to customers worldwide. Jetex provides exceptional private terminals (FBOs), aircraft fueling, ground handling and global trip planning. The company caters to both owners and operators of business jets for corporate, commercial and personal air travel. To find out more about Jetex, visit www.jetex.com and follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn


    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    Leonardo is a global high-tech company and a leading player in Aerospace, Defence and Security

    The company plays a prominent role in major international strategic programmes and is a trusted technological partner of governments, defence agencies, institutions and enterprises. Innovation, continuous research, digital manufacturing and sustainability are the cornerstones of Leonardo’s business worldwide.

    port city air

    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    Port City Air is located at the Portsmouth International Airport KPSM along the beautiful New Hampshire coastline. Over the past 20-years Port City Air has developed a quiet reputation for exceeding expectations. Growing its wide and robust variety of ground support equipment, and 200,000-gallon (90,9218 liters) fuel capacity, refueling fleet as well as investment in employee training and retention that’s resulted in unmatched experience, unrivaled capabilities and extremely high service levels.

    Based at a FAA Part 139 Airport with nonstop airport operations and a 11,321’ X 150’ (3450.6 x 45.7-meter) runway and unlimited weight bearing capacity for all GA, commercial, cargo and military aircraft. Also having continuous ATC and ARFF/CFR and 24/7 U.S. Customs Port of Entry. Port City Air also has high-capacity passenger clearance in our newly renovated passenger terminal with two jet bridge operations. We have a full-service cargo operation available to support any operational needs. With Forklifts up to 30K pounds, a Commander 30i Main Deck Loader and a Lantis Belly Loader we can support any aircraft anytime.

    Experienced airport winter operations team supported by large fleet of modern GPS tracked snow removal equipment that can clear all 11,321' of runway and main taxiways in under 20 minutes.

    More than just an FBO, Port City Air has an extensive fleet of ground handling vehicles. Including Four De-Ice trucks Type I & IV with reach to tail of B74 and 10 Jet A fuel trucks. With multiple fuel farms and top-of the-line, reliable ground support giving us built in redundancy ensuring we always have what is needed when its needed. Add to this, a dedicated core of highly trained line service technicians and exceptionally attentive customer service teams we are Ready, Willing and Able to support any flight operation 24/7/365.

    Welcome to Port City Air, expect the unexpected!

    Media Partners

    Armada International


    ARMADA INTERNATIONAL is leading defence magazine which reports on and analyses defence systems, equipment and technology. Together with its Compendium supplements, ARMADA provides defence planners in the militaries, in government, in procurement and in the defence industry itself with the information they need to plan their strategies.



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    Defence Online is one of the fastest-growing communities of key decision makers representing defence sector buyers and influencers within the Ministry of Defence, Prime Contractors and Industry. Providing up-to-date and informative news, insight and intelligence, Defence Online allows organisations to engage directly with a range of sector-based solutions, designed specifically to enhance their knowledge and understanding of this ever-evolving marketplace. No matter the size of your organisation, Defence Online has a range of advertising and marketing solutions to suit your business development requirements, connecting you with a marketplace worth over £19 billion annually in the UK alone.



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    Asian Military Review


    Asian Military Review is ABC audited publication, read & discussed by key decision makers & advisors to Asia Pacific militaries. Published since 1993 it’s widely recognised as authoritative provider of unbiased & objective information to Asian military. Editorial content comprises capability analysis, special reports & relevant news coverage from the region. AMR provides information, opinion & facts allowing military professionals to track & understand defence developments worldwide, concerning equipment, training, organisation & doctrine issues. The magazine is a proven source keeping military professionals up to date on national & international defence & security issues.

    Defence Global


    Defence Global provides an essential link between the Defence & Security Manufacturers and Suppliers, Government and Military sectors globally. Defence Global is a quarterly, tri-service publication providing articles and informative analysis from respected journalists and writers worldwide to attract a sophisticated and broad audience. Defence Global is published in February, May, August and November, with a professional and stylish design in both printed copy and digital format. The printed copies are perfect bound, full colour throughout with high quality art and photography. Defence Global is used as a reference tool providing a professional and intelligent read. We work with industry experts and corporate clients to include Defence and Security Manufacturers and Suppliers, as well as Governments, MoDs, Military Authorities and Senior Management Teams.

    21st Century Asian Arms Race


    21st Century Asian Arms Race (21AAR) is an online resource for conflict and security related information specific to Eurasia. 21AAR's editorial style and open source approach to gathering public intelligence ensures a unique and independent presentation of events in real-time.

    Airforce Technologies


    Used daily as means of creating partnerships and as a point of reference by professionals within the air force industry, this comprehensive resource supplies the latest news releases, detailed information on industry projects, white papers, event information and a thorough breakdown of products and services.

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    Airport Suppliers is the global airport industry’s number one meeting place for buyers, vendors, specifiers, decision makers, architects, consultants and system integrators. The portal encompasses all aspects of airport equipment, technology, design and services. We provide a comprehensive breakdown of products and services from leading industry contractors, with up-to-date news and press releases when exciting developments occur. With links to the most important airport related organisations and governing bodies in the world

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    Located just few minutes from the historical center of Florence and near all the major monuments of the Renaissance, the Grand Hotel Mediterraneo has 331 guest rooms and is the city’s largest hotel. It can be easily reached by car thanks to its strategic location and is the ideal solution for events, meetings and conference of all types.



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