Airbus Industrie has added the Honeywell Pegasus FMS to the options list in the Airbus Corporate Jetliner (ACJ). The acceptance also includes use of Pegasus equipment in the A319, A320 and A321 single-aisle airliners and follows a similar agreement reached last year for use of the Honeywell FMS in the A330 and A340.
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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.
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.
Airbus recently passed the 100 sales mark with its Airbus Corporate Jetliner (ACJ) family and is now achieving breakthrough sales with its new larger VIP transports. The European airframer also has sold its first double-decked A380 “Flying Palace” and clinched a second commitment for the A350XWB Prestige, based on the A350XWB-900 airliner.
One of six Airbus-approved outfitters for its ACJ corporate jetliner family, Stork Fokker Services (Booth No. 875) is expanding its activities in the VIP/corporate completion market alongside competitors such as Jet Aviation, Lufthansa Technik and TAT’s Sabena Technics.
Airbus Industrie began final assembly of the first Airbus A318 at its plant in Hamburg, Germany, when on August 9 it joined the 107-seat jet’s forward and aft fuselage sections. The A318, smallest member of the A320 family, will become the third Airbus type assembled outside the company’s primary plant in Toulouse, France. Airbus also builds the A319 and A321 in Germany.
The Airbus Corporate Jetliner (ACJ) received FAA type certification on October 28. The approval came just over three years after the large-cabin bizjet was certified by Europe’s Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA) and clears the way for deliveries in the U.S.
In what is the second commitment for the newest member of the Airbus corporate jetliner family, an unidentified Asian customer has placed a firm order for an Airbus A350XWB Prestige. The aircraft will feature a VIP interior and will be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB87 engines. The choice of cabin outfitter has yet to be announced.
A persistently optimistic outlook was in evidence at the first Large Executive & VIP Aircraft Conference: Opening speaker Arnaud Martin, program director of corporate and VIP aircraft for Airbus, noted that while sales are suffering as a result of a depressed U.S. economy, “The market is still alive.” The event, held December 11 and 12 in Hamburg, Germany, attracted some 50 delegates.
Hong Kong aircraft charter and management company C Jet will be looking for completion centers. In November, the company placed a firm order for an Airbus Corporate Jetliner (ACJ) and signed a memorandum of understanding for the first executive version of the Airbus A350XWB. The ACJ interior will be based on the A318 Prestige cabin concept, featuring a lounge, dining area, private office and stateroom with en-suite lavatory and shower.