Announces "Mooney Mania" Incentive Program
On the opening day of
AOPA Expo, Mooney Aircraft Company reasserted its claim for the
world's fastest piston single. "We can at last, completely and
finally, put to rest any debate about what piston single-engine
airplane is the fastest: It's the Mooney Acclaim, or to be more
specific and precise, the new Mooney Acclaim Type S," said David
Copeland, Mooney's vice president of sales and marketing.
"We've added more than a new designation to the Acclaim; we've
dramatically increased its top speed," Copeland explained. "The
Type S truly stands for speed: 242 knots of speed, and increased
range, all with the legendary aerodynamic purity that Mooney pilots
Powered by a 280 hp Teledyne Continental Motors IO 550-G engine
equipped with dual Kelly Aerospace turbochargers, the Acclaim will
maintain sea level manifold pressure all the way to its service
ceiling of 25,000 feet. The new Acclaim Type S will also feature a
custom Hartzell propeller and design enhancements that improve
airflow and minimize drag, providing an additional 10 knots over
the top speed of 232 knots originally published in the aircraft's
"Now there is no question about which airplane is faster,"
Copeland (above) said in regard to Mooney's closest speed
competitor, the Columbia 400. "Columbia's advertising, which has
consistently claimed that the 400 is -- or was -- the fastest
single is not only out of date, it's out of bounds."
Copeland also addressed the announcement of Cessna's acquisition
"We at Mooney think that this development is a very positive one
for Columbia and Cessna, as well as our industry as a whole. We
believe that competition is healthy and an energizing force, and we
welcome Cessna to the high-performance piston ranks.
"We're sure they will be worthy adversaries, and we fully expect
that they will correct any misconceptions posed by Columbia's
advertising as well," Copeland pointedly added.
Priced at $599,500, deliveries of the Acclaim Type S are
forecast to commence during the first quarter of 2008.
Mooney Airplane Company also announced today the launch of
Mooney Mania, a program to recognize and reward its loyal
customers. "[The program is] designed to give recognition to our
very loyal and passionate Mooney owners, encourage potential first
time Mooney buyers, and even catch the attention of existing Mooney
owners of competitive aircraft."
Under the new program, which runs until the end of the year,
current Mooney owners will qualify to receive $1,000 in free fuel
for each referral who signs a contract for and accepts delivery of
a new Mooney aircraft.
buyers who finance their aircraft through Mooney Capital will be
eligible for an interest rate of 4.99%, and Mooney will work with
owners to sell their existing aircraft. Those who take advantage of
this promotional rate can fly for free for 90 days with no payments
due for the first three months.
"We're out to make this last quarter of 2007 another one for the
Mooney history books," said Copeland.
Other incentives will be offered to Mooney owners who bring a
friend to an upcoming Mooney Fall fly-in event, to be posted on
Mooney's website. Additionally, each week Mooney's website will
spotlight different loyal Mooney owners.
And just how loyal are Mooney owners? Ask "Mooniac" Arthur
"Arty" Dowd... who will demonstrate his loyalty by getting a tattoo
of the Mooney logo over his heart -- right at the Mooney exhibit on
day two of AOPA Expo.