View of part of the Fujairah Corniche and the Hajar Mountains in the Background

Monday, June 22, 2009

Tour the UAE’s New Piaggio Planes Purchased in Paris

Paris Purchase
As part of the expansion of its fleet, the UAE Air Force and Air Defense announced at the Paris Air Show that it was purchasing two Piaggio Aero P180 Avanti II planes.

Why Italiano?
The UAE Air Force did extensive evaluation of various models and looked at the usual things such as reliability, cost etc. but here are the deciding factors:

* Multi-purpose facilities
* Piaggio’s ongoing relationship through training
* Speed for evacuations
* Ambulance facility
* Spacious stand-up cabin
* Environmentally efficient
* Cabin Configuration options

Take a Virtual Tour
Not convinced?

Check out the Piaggio Aero web site and the P180 Avanti pages, see the comparisons and go for a virtual tour of the cabin.

Then watch a short video or two of the plane doing some aerobatics.

It will make you want to say, ‘Bravo!’

More Info:
Paris Air Show, Flight Global, 15 June 2009.
The UAE Air Force Selects Piaggio Aero, AMEInfo, 15 June 2009

Dr Geoff Pound

Image: Glimpses of the new UAE purchases from Genoa, Italy.