For those who gaze into crystal balls and analyze the business jet market, there are heady days in store, according to recent industry prognostications. Honeywell Aerospace’s 21st annual business aviation market forecast predicts the industry can expect short-term record growth and delivery of more than 14,000 new business jets by 2017–numbers that reflect even more optimism than those the company released last year.
The Airbus Corporate Jet Centre in Toulouse, France, has received its first two aircraft for cabin outfitting and expects to have invested $7 million by the time improvements are complete early next year.
The first two airplanes are from the Airbus Corporate Jetliner (ACJ) family and will be equipped with executive/VIP cabins for private owners.
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.
Lufthansa Technik’s completion center has signed letters of commitment to complete two widebody Airbus A330-200s for undisclosed customers. The first is scheduled to arrive at the company’s Hamburg, Germany completion center early next year and the second around the end of 2009. The company (exhibiting at Booth No. 1327) is capable of completing VIP jets up to the size of an Airbus A380.
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.
Talk about a market in a climb. Honeywell Aerospace’s 21st annual business aviation market forecast predicts the industry can expect short-term record growth and deliveries of more than 14,000 new business jets between now and 2017. This year’s record sales figures are expected to be even stronger next year.
From new Cessna Citations to new versions of Hawker Beechcrafts to clean-sheet designs like Dassault Falcon’s fly-by-wire 7X, the world of business jets continues to grow.
Airbus remains tight-lipped on the subject of what it calls the A380 “Flying Palace,” but that hasn’t kept rumors from swirling or designers from developing proposals for a cabin on two levels with some 6,800 sq ft of living space.
When Airbus tentatively entered the corporate jet market a decade ago with the ACJ, its expectations for the airplane were modest. Success would be measured in single-digit sales primarily to wealthy individuals in the Middle East who dreamed of creating miniature flying palaces.
Blue skies over the Atlantic may look a little greener over the next few years as the U.S. and European Union member states work together to reduce aviation’s environmental impact.