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European Piper sales already "higher than expected for the year"

PUBLISHED: 18:25 08 May 2012 | UPDATED: 14:13 10 October 2012

The company's European dealers have also noted trends towards more fuel-efficient business aircraft.

Piper has announced that European sales in 2012 are already higher than expected in a year.

Its dealers in Europe have also noted trends towards more fuel-efficient business aircraft.

"We are seeing more buyers opt for new, more fuel-efficient aircraft as they downsize from twin-engine aircraft," said Peter Winters, General Manager of Winters Aviation - with Piper sales responsibility in France and Belgium. "At the same time they are keeping their cabin-class preferences intact with the single-engine Piper Meridian and Piper Mirage. They are just flying more efficiently now in response to changes in aviation fuel prices."

The company delivered three Piper Meridian turboprops into France and a Piper Mirage pressurised single in Switzerland during the early part of 2012.It is also set to deliver five M-Class single-engine aircraft to European customers this year.

"This performance is higher already than we expected for the entire year," said Enrico Evers, Piper's Director of Sales for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

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