Venari commence Ziegler ‘Z-Class’ UK Tour

ZIEGLER’S bar-raising Z-Class air crash truck – distributed and serviced exclusively in the UK and Ireland by Venari – has completed preparations at Venari HQ and will commence ten days of operational duty, followed by a UK-wide tour and finished with an Airport Fire Officers Association (AFOA) conference.

The Z-Class was launched by ZIEGLER in September 2020 and was due to be unveiled to the British aviation market in the same month. Covid restrictions delayed the initial UK unveiling but it has instantly wowed some of the industry’s most experienced operators with immediate impact after touching down in UK in June.

Ziegler Z-Class UK
Bar. Raised: the truly incredible Z-Class from ZIEGLER, supplied exclusively in the UK and Ireland by Venari


The Z-Class’ ten day operational duty will provide essential additional cover for a major Government event and then Venari’s experienced air crash truck team will visit various airports throughout the UK to demonstrate the Z-Class’ unrivalled capability, efficiency and sheer power.

Venari Group CEO, Oliver North, commented: “The initial foundation of staff at Venari headquarters were brought in, in early 2020 to demonstrate, service and maintain this very truck type. I believe the calibre of our aviation team is completely unrivalled and, importantly, our passion and obsession to fundamentally improve the quality of supply and back-up in the UK aviation firefighting vehicle sector is as exceptional as the truck itself.

“The Z-Class provides more safety, more speed, more power, and more efficiency than anything I’ve ever seen in this field. Credit to our partners, ZIEGLER, for such an astounding piece of engineering.”

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Experience: (from left to right) Eddie Pickford, Mike Derrington and Oliver North.


Venari firefighting division sales manager, John Purdy, finished: “After thirty years of experience in aviation firefighting, I’ve genuinely never operated such a powerful and intuitive firefighting appliance, and to then encapsulate this fundamental increase in firefighter safety is incredible.

“For us to say the bar has been raised is probably a bit of an understatement – I think the Z-Class will be very much welcomed as the breath of fresh air which the industry has been craving for some time.”