Piaggio Aero Industries has just marked a significant company milestone, with a ceremonial rollout of the 100th Piaggio Avanti P180 at its Genoa production plant.

The Avanti, which is scheduled to be delivered to a US customer in the third quarter of this year, features a bespoke paint scheme with the number 100 emblazoned on the fuselage and tail.


Piaggio Aero President, Piero Ferrari, says: "This is a historic occasion for us, one of many since Piaggio became involved with aviation almost a century ago. Now we look forward to delivering the next 100, as we are quite confident the best is yet to come."

The new Avanti II will make its public debut at the NBAA Show in New Orleans later this year. The new aircraft will feature Rockwell-Collins Pro Line 21 avionics, increased cruise speed and more payload capability.


Holder of numerous speed records, the Avanti is capable of flying over 1,700nm (3,145km) at up to 395kt and cruises at altitudes up to 41,000ft (12,505m).

This jet-like performance comes with a stand-up cabin that is larger than many mid-size jets. At 69in tall and 73in wide, the Avanti provides its passengers with a level of comfort found only in much larger and more expensive business jets, says Piaggio.

The Italian-designed and built aircraft is certificated for single-pilot operation and seats up to nine passengers.

Source: Flight Daily News