Piaggio Aero says its P.180 Avanti and Avanti II aircraft fleet has passed the landmark of 500,000 flight hours. The P.180 Avanti world fleet comprises 203 aircraft (plus four prototypes). The Avanti was certified in 1990, while the Avanti II was certified in 2005.
“The total flying hours is not just a number; it marks a milestone of steadily accumulated experience in building, operating, and maintaining the most innovative, fast, and environmentally green, multi-utility aircraft,” said Alberto Galassi, Piaggio Aero’s CEO. “Over the years, our unique product has allowed Piaggio Aero to become one of the most authoritative ambassadors of Italian high technology worldwide.”
In other Piaggio news, Air Ambulance Worldwide has started a medevac and air ambulance service using the Piaggio Aero P.180 Avanti in an air ambulance configuration. The first flight took off from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and flew to Lancaster, Pa., on Aug. 27. “The flight went perfectly, and the Piaggio performed as promised by Piaggio Aero,” said Mark Jones, president and CEO of Air Ambulance Worldwide. Piaggio has an office in Florida.