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Piaggio Aero enters Russian aviation market

Italian Business Aviation Manufacturer, Piaggio Aero announced today its entry into the important Russian Business Aviation market during the Jet Expo the Business Aviation Air Show at Moscow's Vnukovo airport (15 -17 September).

The company announced, as part of its market expansion program, that it is currently seeking Russian Certification for its world renowned P.180 Avanti II aircraft and that they would begin sales deliveries in April/May 2011, upon completion of the aircraft's certification.

Piaggio Aero also announced that they have reached agreement with Aviacharter to become a partner for the Sales and Marketing activities of the P180 Avanti II aircraft in Russia. Aviacharter is also the first Piaggio Aero customer in the Country having already signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to buy two P.180 Avanti II as soon as the aircraft's Russian certification is attained.

Aviacharter Company was founded in 2002, and over the last 8 years has proved to be one of the most dynamically developing and stable companies in the industry and today is the biggest consolidator of charter flights and aviation activities in Moscow.

"We have evaluated the Russian market very carefully since we appeared at Jet Expo exhibition two years ago and we think that it's now the right moment to enter into this important market for Business Aviation" said CEO of Piaggio Aero, Mr. Alberto Galassi. "We are delighted to be bringing our aircraft to this market and people will be surprised at what a great alternative it is to the other more established aircraft in Russia. Our aircraft, is a really unique and distinguished high technology product, made in Italy with great performance, unrivalled comfort and unmistakable style".

"This is a great opportunity for our company to commence co-operation with a distinguished airframe manufacturer" said Aviacharter Director for P.180 Sales in Russia, Mr. Oleg Yastrebov. "We are looking forward to introducing this remarkable aircraft to corporate, VIP, rescue and special mission markets both in Russia and in several CIS states."

The Piaggio Aero P180 Avanti II is the world's fastest turboprop aircraft with an outstanding performance and specification for the Russian market. It has a maximum speed of 402kts /745kph and a range of just under 1500 nautical miles, and is well suited to both long and short distance trips and a wide variety of runways.

Its full stand up cabin, the biggest in its class of mid size jets and twin turboprops by far, provides an airy, comfortable and serene flight for its passengers aided by its low cabin noise and sea level pressurization. Besides its own unique and impressive capabilities, the Piaggio P180 Avanti II is also the only aircraft to proudly display the legendary "prancing horse" livery of the Scuderia Ferrari, due to it being the chosen business aircraft of the Ferrari Racing Team.

Press release issued by Piaggio Aerospace on September 15, 2010


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