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Flynatic.com > Piper delivers 550th Meridian to European customer
2014-03-31 Piper delivers 550th Meridian to European customerPiper Aircraft today delivered the company's 550th new Meridian to a Swedish customer who purchased the first new Meridian to enter service in that Northern European country.
Hakan Svensson, Chief Executive Officer of Aston Harald AB, located in Öckerö, Sweden, accepted delivery of the Piper Meridian, his first aircraft, in ceremonies at Piper's Vero Beach headquarters and manufacturing campus. Svensson, who is pursuing his pilot's license, plans to use the aircraft in his business and for personal flying. The aircraft will be operated by a professional pilot until he achieves sufficient ratings and experience to perform as pilot in command in European airspace.
"The delivery of our 550th new turboprop Meridian into Sweden, a first in that country for us, demonstrates the increasing attractiveness of our top-of-the-line M-Class to Europeans. As Europeans and aircraft owners throughout the world deal with escalating operational expenses, our signature high performance single-engine aircraft offer an excellent combination of performance and economy." said Piper President and CEO Simon Caldecott.