Airbus Has a Big LABACE Footprint with ACJ318

 - August 17, 2012, 8:30 AM
The ACJ318 from charter operator Globaljet on display at LABACE 2012 is celebrated by the Batucada children's band. (Photo: Airbus)

At LABACE 2012, easily the biggest “footprint” on the aircraft static display line is the imprint of the ACJ318 bizliner from Airbus.

“When it comes to business jets, it’s what you offer in the cabin that counts,” said Airbus COO for customers John Leahy.

The big, twin-engine jet on dispay, which is loan from charter operator Globaljet of Switzerland, has a 19-passenger cabin featuring a private office that converts to a stateroom and executive club seating in several lounge areas.

In addition to the cabin size and amenities, Latin American customers are likely to find the airplane’s ability to fly 4,200 nm nonstop at Mach 0.78 an attractive feature. The intercontinental range allows nonstop flights between such city pairs as Jeddah/London and Paris/New York and São Paulo/Miami. The airplane has a price tag of $68 million (including the cabin).

Like its pricier cousins, the ACJ319 and ACJ320, the ACJ318 is derived from the Airbus A320 airliner, of which more than 8,500 have been delivered to date, a fact that means service and support are conveniently located virtually anywhere in the world. And being derived from a high-use airliner, the robust airframe and basic systems and engines results in 99.9-percent reliability.