Airbus is highlighting two corporate jets, an ACJ318 and an ACJ319, in this year’s Dubai Airshow static display. Constellation Aviation Services operates the Airbus ACJ318, which features lounge areas at the front, plus a private office/bedroom with en-suite bathroom at the rear. Emirates Executive began offering VVIP charters earlier this year with the Airbus ACJ319, featuring private suites, lounge areas and a bathroom with a shower.
“Airbus corporate jets have the widest and tallest cabin of any business jet, without needing more ramp space, allowing customers to take more of their lifestyle with them when they travel,” said John Leahy, Airbus COO for customers.
Airbus corporate jets historically have projected a strong presence in the Middle East, where both ACJ320 family airplanes and the larger, VVIP widebody category jets predominate.
The Middle East ranks as the largest market for VVIP widebodies, and Airbus produced its first corporate jet in the mid-1980s for a customer from this region. Today, Airbus offers a “Gala” cabin concept for widebodies such as the ACJ330/ACJ340, which combines a VIP section with airliner-style seating to simplify and shorten outfitting.
According to Airbus, its business jets’ ability to carry larger groups, such as extended families and government delegations, stand as particularly attractive features.
Airbus also promotes the robust reliability that it attributes to the design’s airliner heritage and the ready availability of spares, support and training resulting from the airplanes’ widespread global presence. Airbus corporate jets fly on every continent, including Antarctica, and have won more than 170 sales.