French business, medical, and cargo transportation operator Oyonnair said its fleet of five Piaggio Avantis have allowed its to increase flight hours by 50 percent since the aircraft entered the fleet two years ago. In the last year, Oyonnair has logged 3,000 hours in the turboprop twins, with a 98 percent availability rate.
All four of Oyonnair’s Avanti IIs feature a flexible aircraft configuration, allowing for one stretcher and five passengers or two stretchers and three passengers. The fleet also includes specialized medical equipment, such a medical oxygen system and an electrical power supply with capacity for incubators or cargo transportation.
“The strategic decision to choose Piaggio Aerospace is paying dividends,” said Nathalie Chaillou, a base manager and pilot at Oyonnair. “Thanks to the Avanti’s cabin, combined with the aircraft’s performance, low fuel consumption and customer support, Oyonnair has managed to increase its market share in medevac transportation.”