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Airbus A318 Elite & ACJ to lead the field at MEBA

Airbus A318 Elite & ACJ to lead the field at MEBA

Middle East is key market for top-of-the-line corporate jets

6 December 2010

Two top-of-the-line Airbus corporate jets will be exhibited at the Middle East and Business Aviation (MEBA) show in Dubai in December, highlighting their success in the region.

They comprise an A318 Elite operated by Al Jaber Aviation (AJA) of Abu Dhabi and an Airbus Corporate Jet (ACJ) based in Bahrain and operated by Comlux. Both aircraft are available for VVIP charter.

AJA began offering its Airbus A318 Elite for VVIP charter flights earlier this year, and is the first Airbus customer from the region to offer this service. It is also the largest Airbus customer for charter aircraft in the Middle East, having ordered four A318 Elites and two Airbus ACJs.

Comlux is one of Airbus’ largest corporate jet customers, and currently has an A318 Elite and an Airbus ACJ based in Bahrain.

More than ten operators are now offering over 15 Airbus corporate jets for private charter.

Both aircraft are similar in size on the outside to traditional corporate jets, but are around twice as big inside, leading the field at MEBA as well as setting the new standard in space and comfort in top-of-the-line business aircraft – whether existing or planned.

“Airshows such as MEBA are a great way for us to showcase our wider, taller cabins and their unequalled freedom of movement, because they allow potential customers to see for themselves how we compare with traditional business jets,” remarks Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers John Leahy. “It can literally be a case of see, buy and fly in the Middle East market, which is the world’s most important for top-of-the-line and widebody corporate jets,” he adds.

Business jet customers can choose from a whole spectrum of aircraft, ranging from small one-pilot jets all the way up to widebodies that can fly large delegations nonstop to the world, but only Airbus offers a complete family of modern top-end products to suit every need.

Airbus has made a habit of bringing new and innovative technology to the airliner field, leading the way with fuel, weight and cost-saving initiatives, and these benefits –  together with the classy comfort and superb space that their corporate jet versions deliver – make them the natural choice for those that want the best in private transport.

Airbus has sold more than 170 corporate jets to date, comprising over 110 of its A318 Elite, Airbus ACJ and A320 Prestige family and over 60 VIP and government widebodies. Airbus corporate jets are the only ones flying on every continent, including Antarctica.