Airbus this morning is expected to announce more orders for the various executive and VIP versions of its single-aisle and wide-body airliners. The latest sales breakthroughs seemingly vindicate the European airframer’s decision to effectively base this part of its business at a new office here in Dubai.
Francois Chazelle, Airbus vice president for executive and private aviation, is now based in this new office most of the time. The division also has offices in Toulouse, France, where the aircraft are built and completed.
The latest new business will take Airbus’ total sales tally for its Airbus Corporate Jetliner, A318 Elite and A330/340/ 350/380 Prestige to beyond 150 units. One third of all orders now come from the Middle East, with almost 20 aircraft based in Saudi Arabia and more than 10 in the UAE.
Chazelle told a press conference in Dubai on Thursday that the sales have been made to a mix of private individuals, charter operators and governments. Other aircraft are based in Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Bahrain and Qatar.
“We have consistently outsold Boeing for the past four years,” claimed Chazelle. As of the eve of the MEBA show, Airbus had sold 14 single-aisle aircraft (compared with nine Boeing Business Jets) and nine widebodies (compared with four VIP 747s and 787s).