Airbus' growing family of corporate jets and VIP widebodies has surpassed the 150 total sales milestone, with 23 new orders booked so far in 2008.
Market demand for these aircraft is expected to continue strong, based on their cabin comfort, operational advantages and modern technology, according to FranÃ§ois Chazelle, the Vice President of Executive and Private Aviation.
Speaking to journalists at the U.S. National Business Aviation Association's (NBAA) annual meeting in Florida this week, Chazelle said 14 Airbus Corporate Jetliners have been ordered in 2008 from its product line of the A318 Elite, A319 ACJ and A320 Prestige.
"This is the fifth year that Airbus Corporate Jetliners have outsold their direct competitor, building on the success that now sees these aircraft flying on every continent - including Antarctica," he explained. "Overall, more than 100 Airbus Corporate Jetliners have been sold worldwide since this aircraft family was launched 10 years ago."
The nine widebody VIP aircraft ordered to date in 2008 are composed of eight A350 XWB Prestige jetliners and one four-engine A340-500 Prestige. This total is more than all widebody VIP aircraft booked by Airbus last year, with additional sales expected in the remaining months of 2008, according to Chazelle.
"Customers are trading up to larger and larger aircraft, and we can meet all of their requirements with our comprehensive corporate/VIP family - which ranges from the A318 to the A380," he added.
As part of its participation at the NBAA annual meeting in Florida, Airbus has brought a VIP-configured ACJ operated by Switzerland's Comlux. This aircraft features a bedroom with ensuite bathroom and shower in the forward cabin, followed by a lounge area, a dining room in the mid-fuselage, and first-class seating for 12 passengers in the aft cabin. It is being shown on the static display line at the Orlando Executive Airport.