Airbus enters China with Hong Kong office
Airbus (Booth No. 2215) came to NBAA with good news, starting with growth in corporate jet sales and confidence returning to the marketplace, according to Francois Chazelle, v-p of worldwide sales for executive and private aviation. Airbus opened a sales office in August in Hong Kong, he said, and has already made some sales in China. He added that the first executive A319 that will go into service in China is now being outfitted. With the presence of charter operator Comlux's ACJ here at NBAA on the static display line, Chazelle took obvious delight in reporting that, worldwide, there are now 10 operators flying a total of 15 ACJs in charter or corporate shuttle service. And, he noted, the ACJ family continues to be improved, from the recent GPS landing system to GPS-based airport maps to the redesigned "skatelets" on the wingtips expected to go into service in 2012. Chazelle said the optional skatelets are expected to provide a 3.5-percent improvement in fuel efficiency. There are also plans to certify the GPS landing system that provides a visual and aural warning while on approach if there is insufficient runway to land safely. The runway overrun warning and prevention system is currently installed in the A380 and Airbus plans to make it an option for ACJ owners.