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First Avanti II enters service in Switzerland
On December 23, Piaggio delivered the first P180 Avanti II to a private Swiss customer. The aircraft, which features Rockwell Collins' Pro Line 21 avionics, entered service in January. The Lugano Agno-based twin turboprop has capacity for seven passengers and will operate business and private flights under a newly-registered name, Fly Wings.

On December 23, Piaggio delivered the first P180 Avanti II to a private Swiss customer. The aircraft, which features Rockwell Collins' Pro Line 21 avionics, entered service in January.

The Lugano Agno-based twin turboprop has capacity for seven passengers and will operate business and private flights under a newly-registered name, Fly Wings.

"We are delighted to present the first Avanti II into Switzerland with Fly Wings as we welcome in the New Year," commented Piaggio Aero ceo Jose di Mase. "It is the culmination of much hard work and dedication by our designers and engineers in Genoa and close collaboration with Rockwell Collins."

The P180's updated cockpit features three 10x8 inch liquid crystal adaptive displays, AHS 3000 (Altitude Heading reference System) and an FMS 3000 (Flight Management System).

The aircraft, which received EASA certification last October, also sports enhanced engines, enabling it to fly more than 1,700 miles at 398 knots.

"The Avanti II's operating characteristics will enable the company to provide flexible services from the unique Lugano Agno Airport, which has a 1,145 metre long runway at an elevation of 915 feet, that requires a steep approach procedure," said di Mase.

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