29 MAY 2017
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Boutique private aviation company ConnectJets has sealed the first UK sale of Piaggio Aerospace’s pioneering “green flying machine”, the Avanti Evo. Noted for its unusual design, the aircraft is said to deliver significant fuel savings, and cut emissions and operating costs.
The Evo is due to 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, it will be available for charter from the autumn.
Features of the Evo include distinctive rear-facing propellers said to offer superior climb performance and an ability to reach a maximum speed of 402kts (463mph) and altitude of 41,000ft, faster and quieter than most comparable jet aircraft in its class.
The makers say the aircraft, which accommodates up to eight passengers is the fastest twin turboprop so far, “achieving greater speed without compromising operating costs, running at up to 30% less than a jet of the same size.”
ConnectJets managing director Gabriella Somerville said: “With issues of environmental impact and air quality drawing increasing attention, the Avanti Evo could not have arrived at a better time, signposting a more sustainable way forward for private aviation.”
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