Airbus Sets Bizliner Delivery Record in 2010
Airbus Corporate Jets set a new record for bizliner deliveries last year. With a combined list-price value of $1.5 billion, the European airframer delivered 15 bizliners, including 13 examples of the A318 Elite/Airbus ACJ/A320 Prestige and two widebody A330/340s. The company also won new orders for eight bizliners last year, taking total orders to date beyond 170 aircraft. The new orders included seven A320-series aircraft and one A330/A340. Undisclosed clients for both new orders and deliveries were spread across Asia, Europe and the Middle East. The business is split between private customers and governments. This year could see delivery of the first green A380 double-decker to a completions center to be fitted out for private use. The aircraft was ordered by Saudi Arabia’s Prince Alwaleed bin Talal in November 2007 and is understood to have left the production line in Toulouse, France.