VistaJet, a Swiss-based on-demand charter and aircraft management specialist with operations in Austria and Germany and expected to open in Asia in the near future, has ordered three Airbus Corporate Jetliners (ACJs), Airbus announced yesterday at the NBAA Convention.
Airbus A320 family
Airbus launched an executive/VIP version of an A319 airliner in 1997 and, a decade later, the aircraft manufacturing giant (Booth No. 4339) is celebrating a milestone with more than 100 Airbus Corporate Jet sales, valued at $5.5 billion.
The day after the FAA held a meeting with more than 40 industry leaders to discuss runway safety, two jets–a Canadian low-cost carrier WestJet Boeing 737 and Northwest Airlines Airbus A320–nearly collided at Los Angeles International Airport.
Gore Design Completions received its first Airbus Corporate Jetliner (ACJ) for completion early last month. The manufacturer approved the San Antonio firm as an outfitter last fall. Gore might also take delivery of a second widebody project in the middle of next year.
The emergency-planning division of charter operator and broker Air Partner International swung into action to rescue clients from Hurricane Dean’s destructive force. The London-based operation implemented evacuation plans that marshaled Gulfstream IVs, Airbus A320s, Boeing 737s and Saab 340s chartered at short notice to fly customers away from locations threatened by the huge storm.
A week after the tragedy in Brazil that killed nearly 200 people when a TAM Linhas Aereas A320 went off the end of the runway at Congonhas airport in São Paulo, business aviation operators are reflecting on the safety of international operations, specifically in Brazil.
Ask any copilot of a HUD-equipped airplane what a low-visibility approach looks like, and the answer will be the same–no different from any other airplane. But that’s not because the HUD doesn’t help. It’s because traditionally HUDs have been installed only on the captain’s side, and their optics require the user to be sitting in front of the screen.
EUROFLY ACQUIRES ITS FIRST ACJ, PLANS A SECOND
Eurofly, Italy’s largest business aviation operator, has signed a contract for its first Airbus Corporate Jetliner and plans to acquire a second, with delivery earmarked for next spring. Powered by two 27,000-pound-thrust CFM56-5B7 turbofans, Eurofly’s ACJ will be outfitted to accommodate 48 passengers in four-abreast seating. Typical trips will be between Rome or Milan and New York.
At the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) in late May, a representative of Airbus expressed frustration at the difficulty in finding sufficient slots at independent completion and refurbishment centers to do executive cabin work at the same pace the company is producing airplanes.
Adding to impressive sales tallies announced here this week, engine maker CFM said it landed South America’s Avianca as a customer for the CFM56B-5B engine to power 33 Airbus A319/A320s in a deal worth $500 million.