PrivatAir took delivery of a BBJ2 late last year and on January 16 started operating a business-class daily round-trip link between Zurich and Newark on behalf of Swiss International Air Lines. The aircraft is equipped with 56 widely spaced lie-flat seats, each fitted with a laptop connection. Although the airline announced the service as a code-share flight, tickets are available only through Swiss’ sales system.
Airbus A320 family
Located approximately 25 nm northwest of downtown Detroit and 12 sm from DaimlerChrysler’s North American headquarters, Oakland County International Airport (PTK), aka Pontiac, has become to Detroit what Scottsdale is to Phoenix–the premier corporate aviation airport in the area. With three runways, the longest at 6,200 feet, Pontiac can accommodate aircraft up to the size of Boeing 757s.
Jet Aviation in Basel, Switzerland, is well under way on an executive/VIP Airbus A320 interior it expects to deliver in July to a first-time customer. The airplane will accommodate up to 25 passengers and cabin amenities will include on-demand audio/video, LED lighting and a humidification system. Among the more unusual aspects is a faux finish in place of wood.
In collaboration with TAG Aircraft Interiors, Italian design house Gianni Versace of Milan continues to move into the business aviation cabin. The two companies joined forces in April last year and at the NBAA Convention that year introduced a prototype executive seat.
TAT Group subsidiary Sabena Technics has agreed to provide full A319 Airbus Corporate Jetliner support to the Armenian company Armavia. The Armenian State aircraft is slated to enter service this month.
Bombardier has selected Pratt & Whitney’s Geared Turbofan (GTF) engine for its proposed 110- to 149-seat C Series airliners in a deal the Canadian manufacturer claims “secures the best technology available.”
The FAA has amended an earlier Airworthiness Directive for all Airbus A320-series aircraft, requiring operators to modify elevator control systems to prevent vibration problems caused by excessive freeplay. The AD applies to the A319 (which is the basis for the Airbus Corporate Jetliner), the A320 and the A321.
UAE low-fare carrier Air Arabia yesterday ordered 34 Airbus A320 single-aisle airliners, with delivery to begin in 2012, and took options on an additional 15. Delivery of the aircraft will eventually more than triple the carrier’s current fleet of 10 leased A320s. Chief executive Adel Abdullah Ali, said Air Arabia’s fleet will double by 2010 and grow to 50 by 2015.
Saudi Arabian Airlines has signed a MoU for 22 A320 narrowbodies, heralding the eventual signing of the first order by the Kingdom’s flag carrier for Airbus airplanes in some two decades, Airbus announced here yesterday. The agreement allows the flag carrier to increase the order by eight aircraft of the same type.
Airbus and Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) signed a memorandum of understanding for the extension of an important supplier contract last Tuesday. A long-standing supplier to Airbus and other EADS business units, TAI manufactures nine single-aisle fuselage section skins per month, a rate Airbus wants to increase to around 15 sets per month.