Airbus has revealed that first deliveries of its A350XWB-800 and A350XWB-1000 will be delayed by two years–to mid-2016 and mid-2017, respectively. At a briefing in Paris on Saturday, it claimed the delay of the -1000 would allow it to boost the payload-range performance to better match the Boeing 777-300ER, which is something its customers have been asking for.
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The Airbus A320neo (for “new engine option”) is “the fastest selling aircraft in history” and the manufacturer set itself the target of accruing “over 500” commitments by this week’s Paris Air Show, according to chief operating officer (customers) John Leahy. By early April, the company had booked more than 330 orders and “commitments” and this prompted it to accelerate the program by six months.
At Ebace last month, Airbus rebranded its bizliner offerings with more consistent names–each model in the company’s stable of corporate jet offerings will now be preceded by “ACJ.” Thus, the A318 Elite becomes the ACJ318 and so on, all the way up to the largest of all bizliners, the ACJ380.
Airbus has rebranded its corporate jets division as Airbus ACJ, with new aircraft colors and clearer, more consistent names. Each model in the company’s stable of corporate jet offerings will now be preceded by “ACJ,” with the A318 becoming the ACJ318 and so on, all the way up to the mega-mother of all bizliners, the ACJ380.
Airbus today at EBACE rebranded its bizliner offerings with more consistent names, and it also unveiled a new logo for its Airbus Corporate Jets division. As part of this new rebranding, each model in the company’s stable of corporate jet offerings will now be preceded by “ACJ,” with the A318 Elite becoming the ACJ318 and so on, all the way up to the largest of all bizliners, the ACJ380.
This year, Toulouse-based Airbus Corporate Jet Centre (Stand 7071) is set to reach its target of a regular annual production rate of three to four cabin deliveries. The Airbus subsidiary specializes in VIP cabin outfitting on the manufacturer’s narrowbodies, and its new products include a conversion kit and a service package for the ACJ family.
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.
Airbus launched a new engine option last month for A320-series airliners, and an Airbus Corporate Jetliner spokesman confirmed to AIN that the option (costing $6 million when specified for the airliner variant) will also be available for all ACJs based on the A320 series except the A318 Elite. Dubbed A320neo, the project offers two new engine choices–the CFM Leap-X or Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1100G.
Toulouse France-based Airbus Corporate Jet Center (ACJC) is about to deliver the first A320 Prestige equipped with the company's new GSM onboard system allowing passengers to use their mobile phones in flight. The aircraft is headed to an undisclosed customer in the Middle East.
Rizon Jet will manage and operate a new Airbus Corporate Jetliner for an undisclosed Aranian Gulf customer. The A319 ACJ is scheduled for delivery in the third quarter of next year and the completion, to be done at AMAC Aerospace's Basel, Switzerland headquarters, will be finished in the third quarter of 2012. The owner has selected Andrew Winch Design of London to design the ACJ's interior.