Recent news reports claimed that Piaggio Aero shareholder Mubadala Development has plans to build its own business jet, but John Bingham, Piaggio America president and CEO, and Piaggio Aero spokesman Enrico Sgarbi told AIN at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh last month that this information is not accurate. "We are [Mubadala's] platform for jets," said Sgarbi.
Abu Dhabi-based Mubadala Aerospace is aiming to be not only a tier-one supplier of large composite structures to Airbus or Boeing, but also a business jet manufacturer. Yesterday at the Farnborough airshow, Mubadala Aerospace executive director Homaid Al Shemmari told AIN in an exclusive interview that the company intends to build a “business jet-sized aircraft” for entry into service in 2018.
Airflite and Piaggio Aero have signed an agreement to qualify and approve Singapore-based AirFlite Asia as an OEM-appointed maintenance provider for the Piaggio Aero Avanti/II in the Asia-Pacific region. Under the terms of the agreement the company will provide maintenance, repairs and overhaul services as well as spare parts. It is also home to Piaggio Aero’s Southeast Asian sales center, Kirkwall.
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It’s no secret that Piaggio Aero has been working on developing a jet, and this work has accelerated with the support of shareholders Tata and Mubadala. According to John Bingham, president and CEO of Piaggio America and chief marketing officer for Piaggio Aero, development of the P1XX jet is ongoing and the recession has allowed Piaggio Aero to hire some new talent to help bring the program to fruition.
Piaggio Aero (Booth No. 1325) took a bold stance during the recession to broaden worldwide recognition of its P180 Avanti II twin turboprop, according to John Bingham, president and CEO of Piaggio America and chief marketing officer for Piaggio Aero. “It paid off for us,” Bingham told AIN. Potential buyers who might not have considered purchasing an Avanti have added the turboprop to their shopping lists, he said.
Piaggio Aero Industries tapped John Bingham to serve as president and CEO of Piaggio America, as well as a member of Piaggio Aero’s board. Bingham’s career spans the high-end luxury automobile industry, where he served as vice president of Rolls-Royce and Bentley Motor Cars, and most recently in general aviation as Cirrus Design’s executive vice president. Former Piaggio America president and CEO
Three new service centers located in Fort Lauderdale, Toronto and Montreal have been added to the Piaggio Aero network. West Star Aviation in East Alton, Ill., received a similar designation two months ago. According to a Piaggio spokesman, an additional center is scheduled to be opened in Calgary, Canada, early next year.
Dubai Airshow shoppers looking to buy an aircraft made by a locally owned company need look no further than the Piaggio Avanti II. The eye-catching twin turbo-prop exudes the Italian style of its origins but Piaggio Aero Industries itself is exhibiting here under the auspices of its one-third shareholder Mubadala Development Co. of Abu Dhabi (Stand C510).
Piaggio Aero CEO Alberto Galassi yesterday confirmed that the company’s much anticipated, follow-on aircraft to the P.180 Avanti II turboprop would be a jet. “Definitely,” he said.