Airbus targets Middle East bizjet market with ACJ
Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJ) is exhibiting an ACJ319 at the upcoming Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) Show in Dubai from 10th to 12th December.
Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJ) is exhibiting an ACJ319 at the upcoming Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) Show in Dubai from 10th to 12th December. The ACJ319 — though not the same aircraft — was also shown at the NBAA Show in Orlando in October, while an ACJ318 was on hand at the Asian Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (ABACE) in Shanghai in April 2018.
Operated by Acropolis Aviation of the UK, which is upgrading to an ACJ320neo to benefit from improved fuel efficiency and range, the aircraft on display at the MEBAA Show is offered for VVIP charter flights.
The first ACJ320neo for Acropolis Aviation - a Farnborough-based luxury charter aviation provider - completed flight trials in November and will be delivered for outfitting in the coming weeks. Airbus says initial deliveries of the ACJ320neo are scheduled in the coming months, and those of the ACJ319neo next year.
A total of 11 ACJ320neo Family aircraft have been ordered to date, from Acropolis Aviation, Comlux, K5 Aviation and other undisclosed customers.
The ACJ319neo can fly eight passengers 6,750nm/12,500km, while the ACJ320neo can transport 25 passengers 6,000nm/11,100km or more than 13 hours.
Around 60 ACJs are currently flying in the Middle East, comprising about 40 ACJ320 Family aircraft and some 20 VIP widebodies.