If you’re looking to experience a touch of luxury in Singapore, you could do worse than to visit the Airbus stand on the static display where the European manufacturer is exhibiting one of its ACJ318 corporate jets for the first time here at the air show. The executive version of Airbus’ smallest regional aircraft model (the A318) can seat up to 19 people and features a lounge area and a private office / sleeping area with an en-suite bathroom and plenty of relaxation space.
The example “bizliner” in the static park is operated by Abu Dhabi’s Al Jaber Aviation. In Asia, Hong Kong and Shenzhen-based management company BAA Asia operates two ACJ318s out of Shenzhen. China’s DeerJet and TAG Aviation Asia also operate Airbus Corporate Jets.
Meanwhile, Airbus announced last week that its outfitting arm in Toulouse, France–the Airbus Corporate Jet Centre (ACJC)–had delivered its 10th VIP cabin to an undisclosed customer in Europe. Last December ACJC announced that its ninth cabin was the first to offer a full-HD cabin entertainment system, plus connectivity and telephony, based on a complete Inmarsat SwiftBroadband satcom offering.
Regionally, last year the OEM appointed Xiamen-based TAECO as its first approved cabin-outfitter in the Asia Pacific area. TAECO is a subsidiary of Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Co. (HAECO), and has already built an ACJ cabin mockup called Phoenix, which features a color scheme, and layout designed to appeal to Asian tastes.
This past year, Airbus, which has achieved 170 ACJ sales, formed a new business unit to encapsulate all ACJ activities, including sales, customer support and completions. The European airframer also renamed its various VIP models with the common ACJ demarcation. In 2011, Airbus sold 10 ACJs and also delivered the same number, with customers spread across the Middle East, Europe and Asia (including China).