The sales of Airbus corporate and VIP jetliners are growing as confidence begins its return to this sector, with Asia playing an increasingly important role in the global marketplace.
Total orders for Airbus corporate and VIP aircraft have surpassed the 170 mark, composed of over 110 jetliners from the A320 Family (the A318 Elite, Airbus Corporate Jetliner and A320 Prestige), along with some 60 VIP and government widebodies.
François Chazelle, Airbus Vice President – Executive and Private Aviation, said a record 16 corporate jets will be delivered during 2010, composed of three A318 Elites, eight Airbus Corporate Jetliners, three A320 Prestige aircraft and two A330/A340 Prestiges. This compares to a total of 14 deliveries in 2009, which was the previous record year.
Speaking at the annual convention of the U.S. National Business Aviation Association in Atlanta, Georgia this week, Chazelle said the Airbus corporate jetliner product line has become the reference worldwide, with its large cabins, long range capabilities, and modern technology from the Airbus commercial jetliner product line.
Recognizing the developing significance of Asia in this market, Airbus has established a corporate jet office in Hong Kong – which will focus primarily on China. “We’ve had initial success in China, and we see tremendous potential there,” he explained. “Our new business this year includes sales in China, and the first VVIP Airbus Corporate Jetliner dedicated for charter flying in the market will be operational before the end of this year with Deerjet.”
Deerjet’s aircraft will join the increasing number of Airbus corporate jets available for VVIP charter worldwide, which Chazelle said is very positive because of the exposure it provides to their comfort and high-end qualities.
Today, 10 operators located in America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East are now offering the A318 Elite, Airbus Corporate Jetliner and A320 Prestige for private charter, highlighting their appeal and success for high-end business and VVIP transportation.
In addition to Deerjet, these operators are Acropolis Ltd. in the UK, Aerodynamics Inc. (ADI) in America, Al Jaber Aviation in the United Arab Emirates, Comlux Aviation in Switzerland and the Middle East, DC Aviation in Germany, Globaljet Concept in Switzerland, Omni Aviacao in France and Portugal, Skytraders Pty. in Australia, and Twinjet Ltd. in the UK.
Airbus brought a Comlux A318 Elite to the NBAA convention at Atlanta. The A318 Elite, which has the largest and widest cabin of any business jet, is on static display at the city’s DeKalb Peachtree Airport.