Qatar Airways has placed a commitment for two Airbus Corporate Jetliners (ACJs), adding to the three Airbus ACJ Family aircraft that it already operates.
The new deal also takes this year's sales of the Airbus ACJ Family (excluding widebodies) to 19 - almost as many as the 20 sold in the whole of last year - highlighting its leadership of the upper end of the top-of-the-line corporate jet market.
It has yet to announce which engines will power its latest Airbus ACJs.
"Having operated thee Airbus ACJs for a while, we are delighted to add two more aircraft in support of our VVIP operations," says Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al-Baker. "We strive to achieve success in both our VVIP and airline operations, and having modern and attractive aircraft such as the Airbus ACJs helps us to achieve our goal."
Qatar Airways was the first airline to order the Airbus ACJ. It is also a major customer for Airbus airliners, having recently placed a major order for 80 of the new A350XWB point-to-point aircraft and an additional order for three hub-to-hub A380s.
"To deliver an attractive, efficient and environmentally friendly service to your customers - whether they are VVIPs or ordinary passengers - you need a new aircraft family such as ours, which is the most modern that money can buy," says Airbus President and CEO Louis Gallois. "Qatar Airways was quick to recognise the benefits of a modern Airbus fleet, and we are glad to be a part of its success."
All of the Airbus aircraft flown, and ordered, by Qatar Airways feature a common cockpit, saving costs by reducing training time, and making it easier and more intuitive for pilots to move from one aircraft to another during their career.
Every Airbus passenger aircraft in production today also features intrinsically modern designs, using the latest aerodynamic shapes, the newest materials, and the most up to date engines and systems to deliver widespread benefits in passenger comfort, airline economics and reliability and lower noise and emissions.
In addition to offering corporate and airline customers the most modern aircraft family, Airbus also offers the widest range of aircraft sizes, from 100 seaters all the way up to 525 seaters.
Airbus is an EADS company.