Piaggio Aerospace: new order for a P-180 "Avanti EVO" plane from USA
Scheduled for delivery in the first half of next year
While the process of finding a new owner for the company is proceeding according to plan, a new order arrives for Piaggio Aerospace from the United States: today the airplane manufacturer announced that a sales agreement for one new production P-180 "Avanti EVO" airplane has been signed with Mid-South Services, Inc., a company with headquarters in Clearwater, Florida.
Scheduled for delivery in the first half of next year, the aircraft, intended for private and commercial use, will feature a 7-seat corporate interior and an extended range supplemental fuel tank.
“The contract signed today, which comes from a customer operating in the most important and dynamic market in the world, confirms once more the global interest for the Avanti EVO and its unique performances”, declared Vincenzo Nicastro, Extraordinary Commissioner of Piaggio Aerospace. “The company, with integrated functions of Customer Service and Sales, is demonstrating an excellent vitality and significant capability to operate in the international markets”.
With this new order, the company has in production 11 new "Avanti EVO"’s and is proceeding with the upgrading of the onboard systems of an additional 19 P-180 aircraft operated by the Italian Armed Forces. The total amount of the order portfolio –including the activity of the Engine Business Unit– has a value of approximately 640 million euros ($750 million USD). Additional orders for a value of 260 million euros ($300 million USD) are under negotiation.
Commissioner Nicastro, appointed by the Italian Government in December 2018 (see AVIONEWS), in February of this year issued an international call for tenders for the sale of the business complexes of the company (see AVIONEWS), receiving 19 responses. From these, 11 companies have been granted access to the data room, which will remain open until the end of September. The target of the Commissioner remains the signature of the sale document within this year.
AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency