Airbus is exhibiting an ACJ319, operated by Comlux on VVIP charters, at the ABACE show , highlighting the trend toward larger cabins in the business jet market.
The ACJ319 on display features conference, dining and lounge areas at the front, plus two separate rooms at the rear. It is certificated to transport 19 passengers – more than traditional business jets – allowing it to serve a wider range of business needs.
“The industry trend is toward larger cabins at the top end of the business jet market, something on which we are well placed to capitalise, because we have the widest and tallest cabins of any business jet,” explains Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers, John Leahy. “So whether a company wants to bring in customers for a special event, to shuttle employees among sites, or to transport a multi-disciplinary team, Airbus corporate jets are a practical solution,” he adds.
Airbus began worldwide deliveries of ACJ320 Family corporate jets just over 15 years ago, and won its first sales of them in China ten years ago, in 2005. Today, around 20 Airbus corporate jets are flying in mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau, giving them the strongest presence in the country of any aircraft at the top-end of the market.
Airbus’ corporate jets are derived from the world’s most modern airliner family, enabling them to deliver benefits lacking in older designs. These include fly-by-wire controls that provide enhanced ergonomics, practical protection, and enable the common cockpit that is part of all Airbus aircraft produced today. Others include greater use of weight-saving materials, cost-saving centralised maintenance, and energy-efficient aerodynamics and propulsion.
This airliner heritage means that Airbus corporate jets deliver the built-in reliability demanded by airlines flying many sectors a day, as well as giving their customers access to a support network of technical advice, spares and training that spans more than 500 customers and operators worldwide – plus services dedicated to their particular needs.
Other standard Airbus features include Category 3B autoland that enables flights in foggy conditions, an intrinsically modern design that holds its value better than older designs, and an unequalled customer-base that encompasses more than 11,000 A320 Family aircraft.
More than 170 corporate jets have been sold to date, and they are flying on every continent, including Antarctica, highlighting their versatility.