Al Jaber Aviation takes delivery of 1st Airbus aircraft

First Middle East customer to offer an Airbus aircraft for VVIP charter flights

23 August 2010 Press Release

Al Jaber Aviation (AJA) has become the first Middle East customer to offer an Airbus aircraft for VVIP charter flights, following the delivery of its first A318 Elite.

It has a further three A318 Elites and two Airbus Corporate Jetliners (ACJs) on order, which will make it the largest operator of Airbus corporate jets in the region.

“We aim to provide VVIP customers with the ultimate in comfort, space, and service, and because the A318 Elite and Airbus ACJ have the widest and tallest cabins of any business jet, can now deliver it,” says Al Jaber Group Chief Executive Officer Mohammed  Al Jaber. “The Al Jaber Group’s success in construction, shipping and logistics has been built on quality, and AJA is now extending this into the air,” he adds.

“The privacy, prestige and productivity of corporate jets is well understood in the Middle East, where there is a strong and growing demand for VVIP charter flights that AJA is well placed to satisfy,” points out Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers, John Leahy. “And if you can offer a better product, which is what AJA is now able to do with the Airbus A318 Elite, you give your business model the best chance of success,” he adds.

AJA;s A318 Elite is able to welcome business or family groups of up to 19 passengers, allowing larger groups to travel together than would have been possible in traditional business jets – as well as providing better value for money.

It features the comfortable and spacious seating found in well appointed offices and homes, offering a fresher and more attractive way to fly for business or pleasure. The A318 Elite also has a private office that converts to a bedroom, large bathrooms, and plenty of space for luggage.

Airbus’ A318 Elite is part of the world’s most modern airliner family, which has now won over 9,500 orders worldwide and features more than 400 customers and operators.

Airbus’ corporate jet family comprises the A318 Elite, ACJ and A320 Prestige, as well as VIP versions of its A330, A340, A350 and A380 widebodies.

It has won more than 160 orders to date, comprising more than 100 A318 Elites, Airbus ACJs and A320 prestiges, plus around 50 VIP widebodies.

Airbus corporate jets are flying on every continent, including Antarctica.

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