Piaggio Avanti frax operator Avantair has a new owner–Alfred Rapetti–and in the middle of next year will relocate its headquarters from Caldwell, N.J. to Clearwater, Fla. The company originally opened the Florida facility this summer as a southeast maintenance and operations base. Avantair currently operates 21 Avantis and plans to double that number by the end of the year.
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Around the beginning of this month Avantair was expected to take delivery of another Piaggio Avanti. This aircraft will be not only the 22nd for the fractional provider but also the 100th Avanti delivered–exactly 15 years to the month since the turboprop twin received certification in October 1990.
A “world-ranked aircraft manufacturer” has engaged Forecast International to evaluate the market for a new business jet. The market forecaster’s online survey shows an artist’s conception of a light-medium twinjet that resembles Piaggio’s Avanti twin turboprop, notably the windshield panels, vertical tail and pinched cone at the trailing edge of the fairing between the horizontal and vertical tail surfaces.
As Piaggio Aero’s new Avanti II entered production last month, the company also announced it is increasing production to meet growing demand for the turboprop twin, but will it be enough?
Piaggio Aero Industries is preparing to launch a jet program before year-end. The Italian airframer is debating which of two designs to take into development, but early last month it said it first had to reach agreement with a strategic partner it needs to make the project a reality.
Avantair has chosen JSSI’s Tip-to-Tail airframe maintenance cost-guarantee program to cover its fleet of Piaggio Avantis. JSSI developed the Tip-to-Tail airframe hourly cost maintenance program to complement its engine programs. According to the company, OEM interest has driven the addition of new aircraft models–including the Piaggio Avanti and Avanti II–to the Tip-to-Tail program.
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