Airbus corporate/VIP orders top 150
Airbus has chalked up orders for a further five aircraft from its ACJ family to bring total commitments to its various corporate/VIP types to more than 150.
The aviation division of Middle Eastern construction, logistics, manufacturing and shipping corporation Al Jaber Group has placed a new firm order for two A319-based Airbus Corporate Jetliners (ACJs) and revealed a previously undisclosed order for two A318 Elites. The deal makes Al Jaber Aviation the largest single taker for the ACJ family in the Middle East, with total orders for six aircraft, including a previously announced pair of A318 Elites.
Comlux Aviation, the VIP charter division of Comlux Aviation Group, has ordered an A320 Prestige for use in the Middle East market. Comlux already operates an A318 Elite and an ACJ, and has ordered a further three Elites, another ACJ, another A320 Prestige and an A330-200 Prestige.
Comlux Aviation has operated its first Airbus ACJ for several years and last year became the first to put the A318 Elite into service, flying it for 1,200 hours in the first 12 months.
The A318 Elite is the newest Airbus corporate/VIP aircraft. Its affordability is enhanced by a standardised 18-passenger interior supplied by exclusive completions provider Lufthansa Technik.
Airbus’s tally of 150+ orders for corporate/VIP aircraft comprises more than a hundred ACJ-family units and around 50 Prestige versions of the A330, A340, A350 and A380. In the year to date the company has recorded contracts for a total of 28 aircraft, including eight A350s and an A340-500.