Airbus received its largest-ever order for corporate jetliners with the placing of a $1.5 billion order for six A350 Prestige aircraft by Jeddah, Saudi Arabia-based MAZ Aviation.
Airbus today at EBACE received its largest-ever order for corporate jetliners with a $1.5 billion order for six A350 Prestiges by Jeddah, Saudi Arabia-based MAZ Aviation. The aircraft, one A350-800 and five A350-900s, scheduled for delivery between 2015 and 2019, are for separate private customers in the Middle East who are already owners of Airbus aircraft, said MAZ Aviation founder and chairman Mohammed Al-Zeer.
Jetalliance Group of Vienna has ordered an additional CFM-56 powered Airbus Corporate Jetliner (ACJ) with a VIP cabin, along with two A318 Elites, to add to its existing fleet of more than 30 aircraft with an average age of only three years. Jetalliance’s aircraft are operated by its subsidiary, Jetalliance Flugbetrieb.
Lufthansa Technik is juggling a schedule that has interior completion and refurbishment projects rolling in and out of its Hamburg facilities with a frequency that threatens to wear out the hangar doors.
EADS Socata here on Monday outlined what its next product launch could be next year–a twin-engine business aircraft, bigger than the TBM 850 single turboprop. Some criteria, such as finding enough funding for development, still have to be met. French-based Daher taking a stake in Socata may help.
Airbus announced yesterday here at EBACE that Comlux Completion has become a 40-percent shareholder in the new Airbus Corporate Jet Centre (ACJC) in Toulouse, France. Comlux Completion is a joint venture between Comlux Aviation Group, launch customer for the A318 Elite (whose aircraft can be seen in the static park), and Bahrain-based Maz Consultancy.
Gore Design Completions (Booth No. 261) is riding the crest of demand for narrow- and widebody interior completion and refurbishment with deliveries of four aircraft in 2008, even as the doors open to take in new projects.
Since January, the San Antonio, Texas-based independent completion and refurbishment center has delivered two green Boeing Business Jets. The first delivery was also Gore’s first BBJ and went to a U.S. customer.
Jet Aviation inaugurated a new hangar at its Basel completion facility on May 16, just days before the opening of EBACE. Capable of simultaneously accommodating an A380 and a B747, the facility covers more than 100,000 square feet. Another 100,000 square feet of office and shop space is to be added in the near future. The event was attended by 500 customers, suppliers, members of local authorities and the press.
The race is on for market share in a communication system that will allow the in-flight use of personal cellphones and personal digital assistants (PDAs), such as the BlackBerry. Denmark’s Satcom1 considers itself very much among the front-runners in this contest.
On April 22, Airbus’ new Corporate Jet Center (ACJC) delivered its first aircraft–a VIP-configured A320 to a private customer. The manufacturer has invested more than $10 million in modernizing and expanding its new completions center in Toulouse.