Lufthansa Technik and Airbus Corporate Jets have renewed an agreement under which they cooperate on cabin designs for the Airbus A318 Elite, extending it to 2020. The agreement started in 2005 when the ACJ318 was launched, with Lufthansa Technik contracted to design the cabin in partnership with Airbus and then to install the cabins in customer aircraft.
Airbus Executive and Private Aviation
Airbus unveiled here at NBAA 2014 a new VIP widebody cabin concept, Summit, for the A330-200, featuring a floor plan with an executive configuration in the front of the cabin and airline style seating in the rear. The Summit is intended to appeal to customers, such as governments, that need to transport both a few passengers in VIP accommodations along with a larger group, such as a trade delegation and journalists. However, Airbus (Booth 5099, static display) believes Summit may also be popular with private buyers in the Middle East who often travel in a similar manner.
The primary business arms of Jet Aviation Basel, maintenance and completions, celebrated their achievements last month. Jet Aviation is exhibiting at two locations at NBAA 2014, booths 1200 and 4600.
Joël Frugier has been named general manager of the Airbus Corporate Jet Centre (ACJC) in Toulouse, France. The facility, which employs about 270 people, specializes in servicing and maintaining ACJs, including those in the A320, A330 and A340 series. It has delivered 27 VIP cabins for ACJ319s and ACJ320s to customers in Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
Airbus won another big endorsement for its single-aisle series—potentially the biggest in its history—by securing a memorandum of understanding from India’s IndiGo covering 250 A320neos, the company said Wednesday.
Airbus has acknowledged it will require “two or three months” to obtain a realistic understanding of the A320neo's performance, following the September 25 first flight of the re-engined single-aisle twinjet. “It's not just measuring cruise and climb performance, but also engine-out behavior [and everything else] and then asking 'What does it all mean?” commented flight and integration tests senior vice-president Fernando Alonso.
Airbus is to open a new subsidiary in Thailand that will produce flight operations data for use by its airline customers worldwide. Airbus Flight Operations Services is set to begin operations early in 2015 and initially will employ 30 people, most of whom will be recruited locally.
Airbus has again brought the largest aircraft to the annual JetExpo show at Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport, an Airbus Corporate Jet (ACJ) based on the A320 airliner family.
Airbus Corporate Jets doesn’t do small business jets. The entry level into the ACJ world is the ACJ318, based on the 100-plus-seat A318 airliner. The top end of the range reaches right up to the ACJ380 based on the world’s largest commercial aircraft. And such aircraft do not come cheap, especially when outfitted to a luxurious standard.
As Airbus A350XWB (Xtra widebody) customers freeze aircraft interior configuration plans, the European manufacturer hopes to limit cabin furnishing options for the new twin-aisle twinjet in order to keep final-assembly lines flowing as it accelerates production rates during a steep industrial ramp-up.
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