Airbus Corporate Jets set a new record for bizliner deliveries last year. With a combined list-price value of $1.5 billion, the European airframer delivered 15 bizliners, including 13 examples of the A318 Elite/Airbus ACJ/A320 Prestige and two widebody A330/340s. The company also won new orders for eight bizliners last year, taking total orders to date beyond 170 aircraft. The new orders included seven A320-series aircraft and one A330/A340.
Al-Waleed bin Talal
London-based Design Q has teamed with Case4de engineering specialists of Hamburg, Germany, to produce an interior proposal for the A380 ordered last year by Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal bin Abdul Al Saud.
London-based Design Q has teamed with Case4de engineering specialists to produce an interior proposal for the A380 Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal bin Abdul Al Saud of Saudi Arabia ordered last year. Design Q director Gary Doy described the job as daunting. The airplane, he said, will be the “ultimate luxury” private jet. Its two decks provide more than 6,000 sq ft of floor space.
At the opening session of the Aircraft Interiors Expo 2009 in Hamburg last month, a panel of industry executives acknowledged the challenges facing the interiors business during this economic and credit crisis, but they also emphasized the importance of adapting to meet the challenge as an opportunity, while at the same time preparing for the next upswing.
Airbus and Boeing took center stage at the Dubai Airshow this week, with airlines announcing orders worth some $80 billion. However, business aviation had its time in the sun, too. Embraer took orders for 51 business jets (seven Lineage 1000s, seven Legacy 600s, nine Phenom 300s and 28 Phenom 100s). Cessna reported selling 12 Mustangs and five Sovereigns. Dassault Falcon sold four 7Xs and one 900EX.