The Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO) has signed a contract for two A320s from the Airbus Corporate Jetliner (ACJ) Family, becoming another new government customer for the company's increasingly popular corporate jets.
Airbus' ACJ Family has already been chosen by the Azerbaijan, Brazilian, Czech, French, Italian, Qatari, Thai, UAE, Venezuelan and other governments, all of which recognise its ability to carry larger delegations than traditional top-of-the-line corporate jets.
With extensive passenger seating, plus a kit to convert part of the cabin at short notice, RAFO's A320s will have a dual role - carrying troops in day-to-day operations as well as transporting senior defence officials on an ad hoc basis.
RAFO's A320s will be powered by International Aero Engines V2500s.
"The Royal Air Force of Oman's selection of the Airbus ACJ Family builds on the success that it is already achieving with governments around the world," says Airbus Chief Operating Officer customers John Leahy. "It also highlights the popularity and versatility of the A320 Family - from which the ACJ range is derived - which has won more than 5,000 orders and been chosen by some 240 customers and operators."
Airbus ACJs are increasingly the preferred corporate jet choice at the top end of the market, where they have won the most sales in each of the last three years - including almost two-thirds of the business in 2006. Total Airbus ACJ Family sales stand at around 80 aircraft.
Airbus' Corporate Jetliner Family comprises the A318 Elite, ACJ and A320 Prestige, all of which share the widest, most spacious and most comfortable cabin of any business jet. The cabins of these aircraft are almost twice the diameter and three times the volume of traditional business jets, delivering unmatched value and opportunities to governments, companies and individuals.
The only all-new designs in their class, Airbus corporate jetliners deliver more value to customers - such as an advanced fuel-saving aerodynamic design that includes wingtip fences, extensive use of weight-saving carbonfibre, cost-saving cockpit commonality, modern fly-by-wire controls and centralised maintenance ? benefits that are also shared by Airbus airliners in service today.
Airbus ACJ Family derivatives enjoy a remarkable reliability of 99.9 per cent, and are backed by the company's worldwide network of technical support, training and spares centres - as well as a range of approved service centres.
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