Avanti II Order Is a Go

Business Jet Traveler » December 2007
Saturday, December 1, 2007 - 4:00am

Piaggio Aero, the Italian aircraft manufacturer, has signed an agreement that calls for 22 Avanti II twin turboprop business aircraft to be delivered to U.S. fractional ownership operator Avantair from 2011 through 2012. Valued at $150 million, the deal represents "one of the largest sales in the history of Piaggio Aero," said company CEO Josй Di Mase.

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