An Airbus A319 Corporate Jet (ACJ) will be getting a touch of Italian haute couture when Versace, in collaboration with TAG Aircraft Interiors, designs its first business jet interior for a customer aircraft.
Airbus A320 family
Amid fanfare and the sweet scent of jet fuel, Zurich-based charter operator and A318 Elite launch customer Comlux arrived in Geneva on Sunday with the first example of the business twinjet. It was the airshow debut of this newest member of the Airbus ACJ family, which also includes the ACJ itself and the A320 Prestige.
Business aviation is not new to Stork Aerospace (Booth No. 652). The Dutch aerostructures specialist is long established in this market segment, having made significant contributions to business jets such as the Gulfstream IV and V (for which it designed and built the tail sections), the Cessna Citation Sovereign and various Dassault Falcon jets.
It’s suddenly fashionable to look to China as an up-and-coming economic force, a trend that has drawn billions of dollars in foreign investment into an economy that only 25 years ago grudgingly began to move away from a Soviet-style, centrally planned system.
rganizers of the biennial Asian Aerospace event claim that it is “the world’s second most influential airshow.” This is a big claim, since it stands or falls on the contention that either the self-evidently larger Paris or Farnborough shows are less important than the Singapore event.
CFM International has announced that New Delhi, India, will be the location for the company’s fourth aircraft engine maintenance training school. It is slated to open in 2010.
Operators of hundreds of Airbus and Boeing jetliners will be required to retrofit fuel-tank flammability reduction systems, if the FAA adopts rulemaking it is considering to propose later this year.
For years, the moving-map display was little more than a page from Mrs. Grundy’s third-grade geography book, with a moving generic aircraft icon keeping track of progress. No more.
The Airbus business aircraft juggernaut keeps rolling, and independent completion centers are happily enjoying the result.
The one unmistakable message that came out of this year’s Asian Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (ABACE) is that business aviation in Asia is no longer merely a talking point. While the region still faces challenges, there is progress on every front and aircraft are moving passengers throughout the region in unprecedented numbers.