"Ebace 2019". Piaggio Aerospace: delivery of two Avanti Evo aircraft
And it signs authorized service centers for after-sales service P-180
Piaggio Aerospace, a reference Italian aircraft manufacturer active in the business aviation and defense and security sectors, announced the delivery of two P-180 Avanti EVO in VIP configuration respectively to a Swiss and an East-African customer.
A first Avanti EVO is being delivered – through the Italy-based aviation company Orion Fly – to Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones. Sir Lindsay already owns, since a decade, the forerunner of the Avanti EVO -notably the first Avanti II manufactured by Piaggio Aerospace– currently operated by Fly Wings SA and managed from an airworthiness standpoint by Alpiwings, two Lugano-based companies.
In the next few days, a second Avanti EVO will perform its ferry flight from Italy to the African Continent, where the aircraft will be taken over by an undisclosed customer. In the meantime, Piaggio Aerospace is actively working at developing a support organization in the area.
A few days ago, an Avanti EVO –the first in the region– entered into service in India: the aircraft had been delivered, through Piaggio Aerospace partner in India Business Aviation Private Limited (BAIPL), to an undisclosed customer who already owns and operates an Avanti II.
The company has now increased its footprint in the country, where the current fleet of P-180 collected 10 thousand flight hours. The combination of speed and fuel efficiency has always been the strength of industry flagship, but customers in the region appreciate also airfield performance, which give access to the majority of airports, and cruising altitude up to 41 thousand feet.
Piaggio Aerospace announced also it strengthened its After Sales network by appointing two more Authorized Service Centres in Paris-Le Bourget, France, and in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The two new partners are respectively the French DV Technik and the Malaysian Asia Aero Engineering (AAE) Sdn Bhd, companies specialized in providing aircraft maintenance services.
In particular, the new center in Paris-Le Bourget –a strategic hub for the European business aviation– brings to five Piaggio Aerospace’s Authorized Service Centers in the Old Continent: on top of the factory-owned one in Genoa, Italy, P.180 operators may already count on the presence of authorized service facilities in Germany (Mönchengladbach), The Netherlands (Rotterdam) and Switzerland (Lugano). DV Technik is fully owned by Oyonnair Group, an airline company specializing in medical transportation. Oyonnair operates a fleet of 3 Citation Mustangs and 9 Piaggio Avanti IIs, with four additional Avantis having been just recently inducted.
The new maintenance center operated by AAE, at Subang Airport in Kuala Lumpur, adds to the one already active in Singapore, in a market – South-East Asia – that is considered to have the highest potential in terms of future growth. Asia Aero Engineering has currently an active contract to provide maintenance for helicopters of sister company Aircraft Power Lines (APL), an aircraft service provider (including MedEvac activities) both at Governmental and private level.
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