Airbus Corporate Jets Eyes Growing U.S. Market

 - August 25, 2022, 9:12 AM
Airbus Corporate Jets believes its ACJ TwoTwenty is well positioned to capitalize on a growing North American market that accounts for 62.5 percent of the world’s business jet fleet, with 37.5 percent of those heavy or long-range aircraft. (Photo: Airbus Corporate Jets)

Airbus Corporate Jets is encouraged by the continued strength of the U.S. market, noting that the region accounts for 62.5 percent of the world’s business jet fleet and 37.5 percent of those aircraft are heavy or long-range.

The airframer released an analysis of industry data finding that 14,632 private jets are based in the U.S., with heavy/long-range aircraft accounting for the largest share of those. Light jets follow at 36.5 percent, then midsize at 20.5 percent, and very light jets at 5.5 percent.

Texas is home to the largest number of jets in the U.S. at 1,651 with Houston housing 329 of them and Dallas 327. Florida closely followed Texas with 1,619 jets, anchored by 307 in Fort Lauderdale and 229 in Miami.

California has the third-largest U.S.-based business jet fleet at 1,431, with 273 in Van Nuys. New York and Georgia round out the top five at 487 and 439, respectively.

“The U.S. business aviation sector is the biggest in the world, and it is growing,” said Sean McGeough, v-p of commercial Airbus Corporate Jets for North America. “In the first six months of 2022, the number of business aviation departures in the U.S. was 15.2 percent higher than during the same period in 2019.”

McGeough underscored the size of the market in the region and its importance on the global stage and noted that the fleet composition—with more than one-third categorized as heavy or ultra-long range—falls into Airbus Corporate Jets’ area of focus.

“We expect to see strong demand from owners of private jets looking to upgrade to newer models, and we are seeing more potential first-time buyers of larger private jets,” McGeough said. “With our ACJ TwoTwenty and its compelling proposition of ultimate comfort with superior economics, we are well positioned to capitalize on this growth.”

Airbus Corporate Jets launched the ACJ TwoTwenty VIP variant of the airliner in October 2020, saying it created an “Xtra Large Bizjet” segment with 786 sq ft of cabin space and an ability to fly for more than 12 flight hours.