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    ConnectJets seals first UK sale of Piaggio’s pioneering Avanti EVO turboprop, available for charter.

    Boutique private aviation company, ConnectJets, has sealed the first ever UK sale of Piaggio Aerospace’s pioneering ‘green flying machine’, the Avanti Evo. With its unique design, this elegantly efficient aircraft delivers huge fuel savings, and dramatically reduces emissions as well as operating costs – providing the UK private aviation sector a truly environmentally-friendly alternative to fuel-guzzling exec jets. The aircraft will be delivered to the buyer, a private individual, in October after being custom-built from scratch by Piaggio Aerospace in Italy. Operating under British registration, the UK’s first Avanti EVO will be available for charter from autumn 2017, helping to fulfil growing market demand both in the UK and in Europe, for a new generation of greener, more economical private aircraft. Charter enquiries can be made via ConnectJets as from today.

    The Avanti EVO combines refined Italian style and innovative technology with distinctive rear-facing propellers that offer superior climb performance and an ability to reach a maximum speed of 402 kts (463 MPH) and altitude of 41,000 ft, which is faster and quieter than most comparable jet aircraft in its class. Its aerodynamic lines and unique design contribute to a remarkably spacious whisper quiet cabin able to accommodate up to eight passengers. As the fastest twin turboprop ever produced, the Avanti EVO achieves greater speed without compromising operating costs, running at up to 30 per cent less than a jet of the same size. Its green production process and lifestyle management process have been recognised globally in the aviation sector for its reduced impact on the planet.

    Manufactured to order by leading Italian aircraft manufacturer Piaggio Aerospace at its new production aerospace centre of excellence in Villanova d’Albenga (Genoa, Liguria), each Avanti EVO is customised to the buyer’s specifications. Owners can choose their cabin layout, and luxury interiors from suppliers including Italian leatherware icon Poltrona Frau and renowned cabin seating specialist Iacobucci HF.

    Says Gabriella Somerville, managing director of ConnectJets, “As sole sales agent for the Avanti EVO in the British Isles and Channel Islands, I am delighted to conclude the first of what I am confident will be many sales of this exceptional aircraft. With issues of environmental impact and air quality drawing increasing media and public attention, the introduction of the pioneering Avanti EVO to UK skies could not have come at a better time, signposting a more sustainable way forward for the private aviation sector”.

    Renato Vaghi, Chief Executive Officer of Piaggio Aerospace, says: “I am sure the outcome of our collaboration with ConnectJets will be extremely positive. I’m proud to say that along with them, we lead the way towards a revolutionary, luxurious and eco-friendly way of travelling that will comply with the new fast-moving, environmental and cost saving requirements.”

    About Connect Jets:
    Boutique private aviation company ConnectJets has, since its launch in 2009, established itself as a true innovator, focused on bespoke solutions for the private travel needs of individuals, businesses, governments and royalty – including jet and helicopter charter and sales. The company has the exclusive sales agreement to market the innovative Italian-designed and built Avanti EVO turboprop from Piaggio Aerospace. Founder and managing director of ConnectJets, Gabriella Somerville, is one of the aviation industry’s most visionary entrepreneurs, with over 25 years’ experience in commercial and private aviation. www.connectjets.com


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