Piaggio P.180 Avanti: Rent the unique Light Jet

The P180 is a twin-engine turboprop aircraft from the Italian manufacturer Piaggio Aerospace, based in Genoa. Most variants of the popular private aircraft seat between six and nine passengers and two crew members. The first flight took place on 23 September 1986 and the Piaggio has been on the market since 1990.

Its design is completely unique and different from all other jets on the market, which makes it extremely popular. The most obvious features of the aircraft are the rear-facing engines and the three aerodynamic surfaces (the main wings, the tailplane and the canards on either side of the nose of the aircraft). But the Avanti impresses not only with its style but also with its high performance, which allows it to fly further and faster than many other turboprop aircraft.

Front view of a Piaggio P.180 Avanti at the airport at sunset
Elegant turboprop aircraft of Italian design: front view of a Piaggio P.180 Avanti at the airport at sunset

The unconventional placement of the engines makes for a quieter cabin and reduces turbulence on the wings. The three separate wings reduce drag and support the high cruising speed and fuel-efficient flying of the unique turboprop: its speed and range are so great that it can compete with some light jets. And it does so with close to 40% greater fuel efficiency compared to most private business jets. With significantly lower capital and operating costs, the P180 offers the performance of a jet-powered business jet, with a cruise altitude of 12,500 metres and a top speed of 732 km/h.

The interior, too, with its seven to nine seats, is more like private aircraft of significantly more upmarket categories: For example, the Avanti cabin is quieter, higher and wider than Cessna's entire CJ range. Thanks to its combination of high performance and maximum comfort, unmatched for an aircraft in its class, Piaggio's Avanti is renowned for its fantastic value for money.

Piaggio P.180 Avanti in Flight over the sea
Twin-engine high-flyer: A Piaggio P 180 Avanti in flight over the sea

The Piaggio Avanti II was launched in 2004 as the successor to the original P180 Avanti. It also belongs to the turboprop category.

In 2014, the renowned Flying Magazine named the private aircraft the fastest civil turboprop twin. According to the magazine, the speed of the propeller aircraft is on par with the jet-powered M2 from Cessna. Compared to the Cessna, the Avanti offers more space and at lower operating costs. Since it leaves the turboprop competition far behind in most categories, the P180 is considered a serious alternative in the light jet segment.

Advantages of a Piaggio 180 as a rental aircraft:

  • Speed: One of the most remarkable advantages of the Piaggio P-180 Avanti is its exceptionally high speed for a turboprop. Thanks to its powerful engines, the aircraft has a cruising speed, altitude and range very similar to that of a jet aircraft.

  • Cost-effective: The charter costs of a Piaggio Avanti start at under 2,000 EUR per hour but vary depending on the model (P180 Avanti, Avanti II, Avanti EVO) and the equipment. As a rule, the Italian-built business aircraft is one of the most affordable private charter options for up to 7 people.

  • Suitability for short runways: The unique wing design and powerful engines enable take-offs and landings on shorter runways than many other jets and turboprops of its size. This makes it an excellent choice for passengers who need to reach remote or hard-to-reach airports.

  • Unique design: Avanti's distinctive design makes it an eye-catching aircraft on the tarmac. Design is not an end in itself at Piaggio, however, but also supports the aircraft's above-average performance. All in all, passengers can expect a flight experience that is both efficient and unforgettable.

  • Reduced environmental impact: Avanti's advanced turboprop engines produce significantly fewer emissions than conventional jet engines. This makes it a preferred option for individuals and businesses looking to reduce their environmental footprint - without sacrificing the comforts of private flight.

Disadvantages of a Piaggio 180 as a rental aircraft:

  • Noise level and vibrations: One of the most significant drawbacks of the P180 is the external noise emanating from its engine. Although the Avanti is significantly quieter on the road than other turboprop aircraft, its rear-facing pusher propellers generate the noise typical of turboprops and noticeable vibrations on board. This can be a serious problem for passengers who are sensitive to noise or for whom a quieter flying experience is a top priority.

  • Limited range: The range surpasses many other aircraft in its class and allows it to fly a respectable distance without refuelling. However, there may be better choices than the business jet for long-haul flights due to the required stopovers. Private jets with similar passenger capacity, such as the Embraer Phenom 300 or the Cessna Citation CJ4, fly significantly further on one tank of fuel.

Besides the Avanti, there are other interesting private aircraft that could be considered. Three possible charter alternatives of a Piaggio P-180 Avanti are:

  1. King Air 350

  2. Piaggio Avanti Evo

  3. Pilatus PC-12

Like the Avanti, the King Air 350 is a powerful twin-engine turboprop. Nevertheless, there are some differences between the two aircraft that are relevant to the decision: The King Air 350 has a more conventional design with engines mounted on the front of the wings. In terms of performance, the Piaggio P-180 Avanti has the edge: it is the faster aircraft with a higher cruising speed and greater range. However, when it comes to maximum interior space, the King Air might be the preferred choice: it has a larger cabin and offers more room for passengers and cargo.

Empty aircraft cabin of the Piaggio P.180 Avanti
It's a pleasure to stay seated: The modern aircraft cabin of the Piaggio P 180 Avanti

In 2014 Piaggio announced the development of the Avanti EVO, an updated version of its popular turboprop. In addition to the propellers, the winglets have been revised and the fuel tank capacity increased. The improvements provide 500 kilometres of additional range, improved climb performance, more economical fuel consumption and a significant reduction in external noise. The first EVO was delivered in April 2015. For turboprop sceptics, the new EVO could provide a smooth entry into the segment. More jet characteristics will be hard to find in a turboprop.

The Pilatus PC-12 is a versatile and powerful single-engine turboprop aircraft that could also be considered as a charter alternative to the Piaggio P-180 Avanti. Compared to the Avanti, the PC-12 is slightly slower, but offers a slightly longer range with a comparable cabin volume. The most significant difference is the Swiss-built Pilatus' suitability for extremely short and unpaved runways. Compared to the Piaggio, it only needs about half the distance to take off and land. This characteristic makes it predestined for missions to remote or largely inaccessible locations.

In summary, the Piaggio P-180 Avanti remains an excellent option for a private aircraft for charter, offering high speed, sufficient range and a comfortable cabin. Although there are more powerful aircraft available, the Piaggio-180 Avanti is a good choice for travellers looking for a combination of speed, range and comfort and looking for an attractively priced option. In addition, the aircraft is firmly established in the market as a reliable and proven charter aircraft, making it a safe and trustworthy choice for new and experienced private flyers.

Aircraft data / Technical data (Model: P180 Avanti II)

Aircraft categoryTurboprop, Light Jet (LJ)
ManufacturerPiaggio Aero Industries S.p.A..
ModelP180 Avanti II
Number of units produced246 (as of: December 2020)
Production periodSince 1986
Engine2 x Pratt Whitney Canada PT6A-66B
PriceUS$7.5 million (list price at launch of the model)
Crew1-2 pilots (single pilot operation approval)
Toilet1 x rear


Take-off route986 m
Landing distance1.000 m
Maximum speed745 km/h
Range2.722 km
Maximum flight altitude12.500 m


Passenger capacity9 passengers
Maximum payload with full tank613 kg
Capacity of the most common rental variant6 seats


Cabin volume11,12 m³
Cabin (length x width x height)4,55 m x 1,85 m x 1,75 m

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a Piaggio P 180 Avanti II cost?

The average price for a used Piaggio P-180 Avanti II is around 3.14 million US dollars. Depending on factors such as year of manufacture, model and maintenance history, the price usually ranges between 2.5 million and 4 million US dollars. The aircraft was certified in 2005 and produced up to and including 2018.

How fast can a Piaggio P 180 Avanti fly?

The P180 Avanti II from Piaggio has a maximum cruising speed of 745 km/h. This unusually high speed for a turboprop is made possible by two powerful turbines arranged in the so-called thrust configuration. The Avanti II offers the perfect blend of the best features of turboprops and jets: it combines high speed with low fuel consumption.

How does the Piaggio Avanti EVO differ from the King Air 350iER?

The Piaggio Avanti EVO turboprop offers significantly greater speed and cabin volume than the King Air 350iER. However, the King Air 350iER offers a longer range and a higher payload capacity when fully fuelled. However, it is more expensive to purchase. One of the most important decision-relevant questions is whether the additional space and higher speed of the Avanti EVO are more important for the travel project than the additional range and higher payload (when fully fueled) of the King Air 350iER. The bottom line is that both turboprops offer excellent value for money in the current competitive environment for twin-engine turboprops.

Does the Piaggio Avanti have a toilet?

Yes, the Piaggio Avanti is equipped with a toilet, sink, commode and water connection. It offers passengers comfort, convenience and serenity during the flight.

Does the Piaggio P.180 Avanti have single-pilot certification?

Yes, the Piaggio P.180 Avanti is certified for single-pilot operation. The turboprop is equipped with advanced avionics and the latest safety features that allow it to be certified for solo flight. Depending on preference and need, the Avanti can be flown by one or two pilots.

  • Manufacturer: Piaggio

    Speed: 402 kts | 745 km/h

    Range: 1190 nm | 2203 km

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Piaggio Avanti P180 II

Cabin Specifications




Plan of the interior cabin layout of the Piaggio Avanti P180 turboprop

Length: 4.55 meters

Height: 1.77 meters

Width: 1.86 meters



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