Aviation Link, the aircraft management company based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, is to manage two new-build Airbus VIP aircraft, an ACJ319 and an A319, on behalf of two customers, adding to the already extensive fleet of Airbus corporate jets in the Middle East.
Both aircraft will have their cabins outfitted by the Airbus Corporate Jet Centre in Toulouse, with delivery of the completed aircraft planned for the second half of 2012.
“Aviation Link has gained a reputation as the “go to” company for clients seeking large and very large cabin aircraft,” says Aviation Link President and CEO Abdulaziz Al Rowaished. So when we received two requests for single-aisle aircraft earlier this year, based on our long and successful experience managing an Airbus ACJ320, our natural choice was the ACJ319, which we identified as the best aircraft to meet the specific requests we had for comfort, space and range from Middle East. Our long and successful relationship with Airbus, plus our experience with it on previous projects, enabled the transactions to be closed quickly and smoothly, to the full satisfaction of our customers,” he adds.
“The Middle East is one of the largest and most discerning markets for business jets, as well as one in which Airbus corporate jets have a strong presence, so it is good to be able to announce new business in the region,” comments Airbus COO, Customers John Leahy. “Airbus corporate jets have the widest and tallest cabin of any business jet and, as more and more customers recognize the benefits of this, our fleet will continue to grow, both in the Middle East and worldwide,” he adds.
Airbus offers the world’s largest and most modern corporate jet family, with seating that ranges from 19 seats in the ACJ318 all the way up to more than 100 in the ACJ380.
Total firm orders of Airbus corporate jets stand at more than 170, comprising over 110 ACJ318s, ACJ319s and ACJ320s, plus in excess of 60 VIP and government widebodies.