European airplane constructor Airbus, one of the largest companies on this segment in the word, is showing an ACJ319 operated by Acropolis Aviation of the UK at Abu Dhabi Air Expo, in what is the first display of this particular aircraft in the Middle East.
The aircraft, which is offered for VVIP charters and seats up to 19 passengers in unequalled comfort and space, features an attractive cabin with lounges, a conference/dining area and a bedroom with ensuite bathroom. It was completed by Airbus’ cabin-outfitting subsidiary, the Airbus Corporate Jet Centre (ACJC).
“In business aviation it’s what you get inside that counts, and you can count on getting more of that in an Airbus corporate jet, because we deliver the widest and tallest cabin of any business jet”, comments Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers, John Leahy. “And we do it while fitting into the same ramp space as traditional business jets,” he adds.
Airbus corporate jets are derived from the world’s most modern aircraft family, making them inherently better at delivering the features that customers want today – as well as good investments with the best potential for continuing evolution.
The Middle East is an important market for Airbus – it is where the company sold its first corporate jets – and is home to most of the widebody private jets in the world.
Today, more than 170 Airbus corporate jets have been bought by customers around the world, and they are flying on every continent, including Antarctica.
Moreover, following the completion of its structural assembly, Skymark Airlines’ first A380 made its first journey on its wheels, moving to the next station at the Final Assembly Line in Toulouse. At this “station 30” Skymark Airlines’ first A380 will undergo general tests on electric and hydraulic systems, mobile parts, landing gears and fuel tanks. Also, the aircraft’s four Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines will be mounted.
Skymark Airlines, Japan’s third largest and fast growing airline, has placed six firm A380 orders and will become the first Japanese A380 operator. Skymark plans to dispatch its A380s on international trunk routes, in particular linking Narita to destinations in the US to offer its passengers the unique experience of space and comfort when flying the A380.