Founded in Genoa, Italy in 1884, Piaggio Aerospace is one of the oldest aircraft manufacturers. Acquired in 2015 by Mubadala Development Company, Piaggio becomes the property of the government of Abu Dhabi. The company now has a US subsidiary located in West Palm Beach, Florida, Piaggio America.
Dubbed the "catfish" because of its very characteristic front wing that reduces drag and increases its lift surface, the Piaggio Avanti EVO turboprop engine last born of the builder's business jets targets the taxi plane segment.
The Piaggio Avanti P.180 comes in three categories: the Avanti AMB P.180 for air ambulance services, the Avanti II P.180 with avionics and improved engines, and the Avanti EVO P.180 with 400 knots. TAS (True Air Speed) and offering a larger payload.
The Piaggio Avanti falls into the category of turboprops but, due to its singular characteristics and its spacious cabin, competes with the top class equipment of other manufacturers such as Cessna (the Citation Bravo, the Citation M2 and the Cessna CJ series). Hawker's 400XP, Bombardier's Learjet family (Learjet 40, Learjet 70), Nextant's 400XT, Embraer's Phenom 300, and Beechcraft's Premier I.