As a market with a distinct preference for larger VIP and business aircraft, the Middle East has long been considered good sales territory for Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJs). Recent experience proves this with four more operators in the region having committed to swelling the local fleet.
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The recent award of three new completions contracts for VIP versions of Airbus and Boeing aircraft have prompted Comlux America to begin construction of a new hangar at its Indianapolis headquarters. The 64,500-sq-ft building is due to open in the second quarter of 2012 and will be able to accommodate four jets up to the size of a Boeing BBJ3.
Tens of thousands of NBAA members have arrived in Las Vegas expecting to see airplanes on display–plenty of them. And these days, no show is complete without at least one airliner manufacturer trying to coax a few large-cabin bizjet owners to move up.
Airbus has revealed that first deliveries of its A350XWB-800 and A350XWB-1000 will be delayed by two years–to mid-2016 and mid-2017, respectively. At a briefing in Paris on Saturday, it claimed the delay of the -1000 would allow it to boost the payload-range performance to better match the Boeing 777-300ER, which is something its customers have been asking for.
The Airbus A320neo (for “new engine option”) is “the fastest selling aircraft in history” and the manufacturer set itself the target of accruing “over 500” commitments by this week’s Paris Air Show, according to chief operating officer (customers) John Leahy. By early April, the company had booked more than 330 orders and “commitments” and this prompted it to accelerate the program by six months.
At Ebace last month, Airbus rebranded its bizliner offerings with more consistent names–each model in the company’s stable of corporate jet offerings will now be preceded by “ACJ.” Thus, the A318 Elite becomes the ACJ318 and so on, all the way up to the largest of all bizliners, the ACJ380.
Airbus has rebranded its corporate jets division as Airbus ACJ, with new aircraft colors and clearer, more consistent names. Each model in the company’s stable of corporate jet offerings will now be preceded by “ACJ,” with the A318 becoming the ACJ318 and so on, all the way up to the mega-mother of all bizliners, the ACJ380.
Airbus today at EBACE rebranded its bizliner offerings with more consistent names, and it also unveiled a new logo for its Airbus Corporate Jets division. As part of this new rebranding, each model in the company’s stable of corporate jet offerings will now be preceded by “ACJ,” with the A318 Elite becoming the ACJ318 and so on, all the way up to the largest of all bizliners, the ACJ380.
This year, Toulouse-based Airbus Corporate Jet Centre (Stand 7071) is set to reach its target of a regular annual production rate of three to four cabin deliveries. The Airbus subsidiary specializes in VIP cabin outfitting on the manufacturer’s narrowbodies, and its new products include a conversion kit and a service package for the ACJ family.
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.