terça-feira, 24 de maio de 2016

CityJet adds maiden Sukhoi SuperJet

(WX, Dublin Int'l) has taken delivery of its maiden SSJ 100-95 following the handing over of EI-FWA (msn 95102) at Venice Marco Polo on Tuesday, May 24.

Altogether, the Irish carrier is expected to take delivery of three more of the type this year with the remaining eleven to arrive from Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (Moscow Zhukovsky) during 2017 and onwards. Aside from this current batch of fifteen leased aircraft, the Irish airline has options for an additional sixteen of the type as well.

The twinjet will initially be deployed on charter flights before eventually being used on regular CityJet services. The latter is, however, largely dependent on the aircraft securing London City certification, something it hopes to achieve by year-end.
CityJet is using the SuperJet to replace its older fleet of nineteen ARJ-85s.
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Boeing, Air Austral Celebrate Delivery of Airline's First 787 Dreamliner

Reunion Island-based carrier becomes first 787 French operator

SAINT-DENIS, Reunion Island, May 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Air Austral are celebrating the delivery of the carrier's first Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

The newest addition to the Air Austral long-haul fleet will touch down at Roland Garros Airport in Saint-Marie, Reunion Island tomorrow following a 10,500-mile (16,898-kilometre) delivery flight originating from the Boeing Everett Delivery Center in Everett, Wash.

"The state of the art 787 Dreamliner's unique capabilities enable us to launch the Dzaoudi to Paris Charles de Gaulle route," said Marie-Joseph Male, executive chairman and chief executive officer, Air Austral. "This airplane is the most advanced in the world, with superior operating economics all while providing our passengers an unrivalled on-board experience."

The 787 is a family of technologically advanced, super-efficient airplanes with new passenger-pleasing features. In addition to bringing big-jet ranges to midsize airplanes, the 787 will provide Air Austral with unmatched fuel efficiency and environmental performance, using 20 to 25 percent less fuel and with 20 to 25 percent fewer emissions than the airplanes it replaces.

"It is an honor to deliver the first 787 Dreamliner to Air Austral, a first for a French operator," said Van Rex Gallard, vice president sales Latin America, Caribbean and Africa, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "The Dreamliner will complement Air Austral's growing long-haul fleet, made up of 777s and now a 787, as well as its trans-continental network to Europe and Asia."

Air Austral announced an order for two 787-8 Dreamliners in 2015. Air Austral was founded in 1975 and currently operates a fleet of nine aircraft to over 10 destinations worldwide.

Jet2 Outlines S17 A330 Operations

British carrier Jet2.com has filed planned Airbus A330-200 operation for summer 2017 season, which sees the A330 aircraft based in Manchester, entering service from Late-May 2017. Planned A330-200 operation as of 24MAY16 as follow.

eff 24MAY17 Manchester – Rhodes 1 weekly (Day 3)

eff 25MAY17 Manchester – Lanzarote 2 weekly (Day 47)

eff 25MAY17 Manchester – Palma Mallorca 6 weekly (LS831/832 Day x23, LS955/956 Day 2)

eff 26MAY17 Manchester – Tenerife South 3 weekly (Day 125)
Current schedule is filed until 22JUN17. Additional routes or adjustments will be added gradually in the coming weeks.
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Airbus Corporate Jets adds Jet Aviation to Service Centre network

Adds to choice and global reach of support services

Airbus has added Jet Aviation and its MRO facilities to its ACJ Service Centre network, enhancing choice and geographical reach for its corporate jet customers and operators around the world.

The expanded network comprises companies that are owned or controlled by Airbus, as well as independent ones that it has approved. Its capabilities include line and heavy maintenance, cabin-refurbishing, and cabin and system upgrades.

The ACJ Service Centre network now comprises the Airbus Corporate Jet Centre (ACJC) in Toulouse, Comlux America in Indianapolis, HAECO Private Jet Solutions in Xiamen, Jet Aviation in Basle, Dubai and Singapore, Sepang Aircraft Engineering (SAE) in Kuala Lumpur and ST Aerospace in Singapore. It will grow to include others over time.

The network provides dedicated support to ACJ customers around the world, and includes the provision of turnkey services, enabling customers to benefit from Airbus quality and standards – as well as peace of mind. It complements Airbus’ leadership in turnkey cabin-outfitting of large business jets, where it is uniquely well qualified with some 70 completions to its credit.

“Airbus corporate jet customers and operators already benefit from a worldwide support network sized for more than 500 customers and operators around the world,” says Benoit Defforge, Managing Director, Airbus Corporate Jets. “The ACJ Service Centre network complements this by adding services tailored to corporate-jet operator needs,” he adds.

Customised Airbus corporate-jet support and services have long included single-point-of-contact access to the corporate jet customer care centre (C4you) team, dedicated customer support directors, training and customised maintenance programmes.

More than 180 Airbus corporate jets are in service around the world, and they are flying on every continent, including Antarctica.

Embraer S.A.: First E190-E2 Jet Completes Maiden Flight Ahead of Schedule Embraer S.A.

SAO JOSE DOS CAMPOS, Brazil, May 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The E-Jets E2 program reached another important milestone today with the completion of the maiden flight of the E190-E2. The flight was originally scheduled to take place during the second half of this year.

The aircraft took off at 1:06 p.m., local time from Embraer's facility in Sao Jose dos Campos and flew for three hours and 20 minutes. The flight occurred just three months after the E190-E2 made its public debut at a rollout ceremony at the factory in late February. The inaugural flight marks the beginning of the certification campaign for the E190-E2, the first of three new second-generation E-Jet models. The E190-E2 is scheduled to enter commercial service in 2018.

"A first flight is always an emotional occasion, no matter how many you witness over the years. In this particular case, we are not only keeping our promises to the market, we are going beyond by being a few months ahead of schedule. I want to thank each and every Embraer employee who is participating in this project," said Frederico Fleury Curado, Embraer President & CEO.

"What a first flight! Today, all of us at Embraer should be proud and thrilled of this remarkable achievement. Watching the first E190-E2 take to the skies means we are paving the way for a bright future in commercial aviation. I'm certain that the market will show even greater interest not only for E190-E2, but also for the other E2s as well," said Paulo Cesar Silva, President & CEO, Embraer Commercial Aviation.

Embraer Captain Mozart Louzada commanded the aircraft along with First Officer Gerson de Oliveira Mendes, and Flight Test Engineers Alexandre Figueiredo and Carlos Silveira. Today's flight evaluated aircraft handling and performance characteristics with the crew analyzing a significant number of flight parameters, including speed, altitude and landing gear retraction. This was made possible by the high level of maturity that the E2 reached during program development through the extensive use of digital modeling simulations and ground and static tests that employed rigs and an iron bird.

"There are always a lot of expectations with a first flight and todays' was no exception. The flight was very smooth. We were able to significantly open the flight envelope by flying at mach 0.82, climbing to 41,000 feet and retracting the landing gear and flaps, and engaging the fly-by-wire in normal mode. All of these demonstrate that the E190-E2 project is very mature and robust, and exceed all performance targets" said Captain Louzada.

The aircraft that flew today is the first of four prototypes that will be used in the E190-E2 certification program. Two additional aircraft will be assigned for the E195-E2 certification process that will lead to entry into service in 2019. Three more aircraft will be used to certify the E175-E2 which is scheduled to enter service in 2020.

The E190-E2 has the same number of seats as the current-generation E190 and can be configured with 97 seats in dual class or 106 seats in a single-class layout. It has 400 nautical miles more range than the current-generation E190 and gives operators the ability to fly the aircraft up to 2,800 nautical miles.

Since the E-Jets E2s were launched in June 2013, the program has logged 640 commitments from airlines and leasing companies: 267 are firm orders and 373 are options and purchase rights. The E-Jets family of aircraft is the leader in the up-to-130-seat aircraft category with more than 50% worldwide market share. Embraer E-Jets are currently in service with some 70 customers from 50 countries.

E-Jets E2s represent the best of new technology in a proven platform. The application of advanced technologies for engines, wings, and avionics sets the E2s apart by providing airlines with the most efficient airplanes in the category yet maintaining commonality with current-generation E-Jets. Enhancements include new aerodynamically-advanced high-aspect ratio distinctively-shaped wings, improved systems and avionics, 4th generation full fly-by-wire flight controls, and Pratt & Whitney's PurePowerTM Geared Turbofan high by-pass ratio engines (PW1700G on the E175-E2, PW1900G on the E190-E2 and E195-E2). These combine to generate double-digit reductions in fuel consumption, emissions, noise, and maintenance costs, as well greater productivity though less scheduled maintenance downtime. E-Jets E2s will achieve similar costs per seat as larger re-engined narrow-body aircraft but with significantly lower costs per trip. Those savings will create new opportunities for lower-risk development of new markets and fleet right-sizing.

Air Hamburg orders one more Embraer Legacy 650 business jet

GENEVA, May 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Embraer Executive Jets and the Germany-based business charter operator Air Hamburg have signed a purchase agreement for yet another Legacy 650. The agreement was announced today at the opening of the 16th European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland. The delivery of this aircraft is scheduled for the third quarter of 2016.
This new acquisition brings to nine the total of Embraer business jets in Air Hamburg's fleet, currently comprised of seven Legacy 600/650 and one Phenom 300, which serve its customers' travels to European, Russian and Middle Eastern destinations.

"We believe that customer loyalty is earned by ensuring their total satisfaction, and by building strong and enduring relationships. Partnerships are established based on real commitment, and we are pleased to support Air Hamburg's continuous growth," said Marco Tulio Pellegrini, President & CEO, Embraer Executive Jets. "We understand that executive jets are powerful tools for successful decision makers worldwide, who value speed, flexibility, efficiency, and productivity in their daily business relations as well as for leisure travel with their family. The Legacy 650 offers all these values, including an outstanding cabin comfort based on a proven platform with over 25 million hours flown."

"Our customers have been consistently pleased with the superior and unparalleled Legacy 600/650 flight experience. By offering three distinct cabin zones, with the largest cabin and baggage compartment in their classes, these aircraft combine everything we need to meet our unwavering commitment to offer best-in-class services," said Simon Ebert, Partner, Air Hamburg. "Embraer business jets' great reliability is also fundamental for our growth strategy as well as to keeping our round-the-clock service available every day of the year."

Himalaya Airlines to Commence Its Scheduled Flight from May-end

Himalaya Airlines -- a Nepal-China joint venture airline -- has announced its direct scheduled flight to Doha, Qatar from May 31. The airline will fly its new Airbus 320-214 from Kathmandu to Doha on a regular basis thereafter.

The flight will depart from Kathmandu at 11:00 p .m. and land in Doha at 1:30 a.m. (local time). Similarly, the return flight will depart at 2:30 a.m. from Doha and land in Tribhuvan International Airport at 10:15 a.m. starting June 1.

The airline will operate three flights from Kathmandu to Doha in a week for the first 15 days on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Then after, the airline will operate regular flight in Kathmandu to Doha sector.

The flight route has scheduled for the convenience of the passengers, said Vijay Shrestha, vice president, administration of Himalaya Airlines, during the press briefing here today. "It gives us immense pleasure that Himalaya Airlines is going to start first direct scheduled flight to Doha from end of May, to advance tourism and business between Nepal and Qatar and strengthen the bi-lateral relationship."

The airline has informed that the aircraft passenger cabin is configured with 150 economy and eight business class seats and aims to ensure greater degree of reliability and punctuality for its passengers.

The airline has said that it has appointed Cleopatra Travels as its General Sales Agent (GSA) for passenger and cargo for the state of Qatar. The GSA will be responsible for the sales and marketing, market development, reservations and ticketing services representing the Himalaya Airline in Qatar.

Established in August 2014, the airline started its international flights operation from April 12 this year, flying directly to Colombo of Sri Lanka. The airline has planned services to more destinations, namely, Delhi, India; Lhasa, Chengdu and Beijing in China a few months later, as per the airline.

Tibet Airlines holds 48.99 per cent of the equity capital of the company, whereas the Nepali side holds 51.01 percent share.

Hainan Island gets first European connection

Hainan Airlines extends Chongqing-Rome route to Haikou

Written by:Mark Elliott

The outbound service from Haikou will be a night flight

The Chinese island province of Hainan is now connected to Europe, following the launch of a new service by Hainan Airlines.

On Saturday 21 May, the carrier commenced twice weekly flights from Haikou, the capital of Hainan, to Rome. Flights will operate via Chongqing.

Under the new schedule, Hainan Airlines’ flights will depart Haikou’s Meilan International Airport every Wednesday and Saturday at 1945, arriving at Rome’s Fiumicino Airport at 0735 the next day. The return service will leave the Italian capital every Thursday and Sunday at 1210, getting back to Haikou at 1015.

The carrier will deploy a 214-seat Airbus A330 aircraft on the route, with 36 flat-bed seats in business class and 178 seats in economy.

This new service marks an extension of Hainan Airlines’ existing Chongqing-Rome route, and the carrier also operates three weekly flights to Rome from Xi’an.

segunda-feira, 23 de maio de 2016

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Taoyuan (Taipei) - Taiwan International 

Capital Airlines Applies for Hangzhou-Beijing-Lisbon Service

Lena Ge, China Aviation Daily

Beijing Capital Airlines, a regional subsidiary of HNA Group, is waiting government approval to launch a new international service from Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province to Lisbon, Portugal with a stopover in Beijing from December 2016.

The Beijing-based carrier will operate the Hangzhou-Beijing-Lisbon service with two flights weekly, using Airbus A330 aircraft, according to an announcement released Monday on the website of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).

The Air Transportation Department of CAAC is soliciting public comments on the application until 5:00 p.m. on May 30, 2016.


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Air Canda rouge launches Toronto-Gatwick route

The route will operate daily during the summer

Written by:Aaron Greenwood

The arrival of flight AC1924 at London Gatwick on Friday marked the successful launch of Air Canada rouge’s newest route.
Air Canada rouge.

The seasonal, non-stop service between Toronto and London Gatwick will operate daily during the summer and give Air Canada customers greater choice when travelling to London and Europe.

“London Heathrow is already Air Canada’s largest international gateway with flights to eight Canadian cities, so we are pleased to expand to London Gatwick in time for the summer, when millions of vacationers are travelling between Canada and the UK. With this new route, we become the only Canadian carrier serving the two largest airports in the London metropolitan region, which further solidifies our already market-leading position as the airline operating the most seats between Canada and UK,” said Benjamin Smith, president, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada.

Flights will be operated with an Air Canada rouge Boeing 767-300ER, featuring premium and economy cabins. The service commenced with six weekly flights going to daily service throughout the summer from June 1 to September 26, and then with reduced frequency until October 16.
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Hyperion Aviation adds a maiden A319

Hyperion Aviation (Malta) has added its first A319-100 to its fleet in the form of ex-Rossiya (FV, St. Petersburg) machine EI-ETP (cn 1753), now re-registered 9H-MCS in Malta.

The aircraft joins an Embraer Legacy 600 as well as six Bombardier Global Expresses, two Bombardier Challengers, a Gulfstream IV, a Falcon 2000EX, a Falcon 7X, and a Hawker 4000 in the Maltese charter operator's existing fleet.
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ETIHAD Sep 2016 A340-500 Operations as of 23MAY16

ETIHAD in recent schedule update has assigned a number of Airbus A340-500 operating service for the month of September 2016, in addition to planned 2 weekly Abu Dhabi – Rabat service. Planned A340-500 operation in Sep 2016 as follow.

Abu Dhabi – Cairo 03SEP16 / 10SEP16
Abu Dhabi – Frankfurt 04SEP16 – 06SEP16 / 11SEP16 / 13SEP16
Abu Dhabi – Geneva 17SEP16
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Hongtu Airlines commences operations

Hongtu Airlines (A6, Kunming Changshui) commenced revenue operations on Saturday, May 21 just days after it secured its final approvals from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).

Using a pair of A321-200 (sl)s, the start-up plans to serve Nanchang (its inaugural flight), Zhengzhou, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Xi'an Xianyang, Beijing Capital and Harbin initially before expanding across China and eventually into South East Asia, the Middle East, and Europe.

Hongtu Airlines is a joint venture between Kunming Evergreen Financing (30%) and local tycoon Tang Longcheng (20%), with the remaining 50% held by a consortium of five local companies.
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LATAM Plans 787-9 Service to Frankfurt from late-May 2016

LATAM Airlines later this month (May 2016) is expanding capacity on Santiago de Chile – Madrid – Frankfurt route, with the introduction of Boeing 787-9 operation. Initially, the 787-9 will be operating on alternating days from 27MAY16 to 05JUL16 (SCL departure), along with -8. The -9 will be operating on daily basis from 06JUL16.

LA704 SCL1815 – 1300+1MAD1510+1 – 1745+1FRA 789 D

LA705 FRA1935 – 2210MAD2355 – 0730+1SCL 789 D

The 3 weekly Santiago de Chile – Madrid LA708/709 service will switch from 787-9 to -8, from 31MAY16.
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WizzAir Expands Sofia Routes from Dec 2016

WizzAir in winter 2016 season is expanding network offering from its Sofia base, as the airline announced the launch of 3 new routes prior to Christmas. Planned new routes as follow.

eff 21DEC16 Sofia – Nuremberg 2 weekly

W64343 SOF1900 – 2015NUE 320 37

W64344 NUE2045 – 2350SOF 320 37

eff 23DEC16 Sofia – Basel 2 weekly

W64323 SOF0715 – 0840BSL 320 15

W64324 BSL0910 – 1225SOF 320 15

eff 23DEC16 Sofia – Doncaster/Sheffield 2 weekly

W64315 SOF1825 – 2000DSA 320 15

W64316 DSA2030 – 0145+1SOF 320 15
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Boeing, Vietjet Finalize Vietnam’s Largest Ever Commercial Airplane Purchase

His Excellency Mr. Trần Đại Quang, President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, President Barack Obama witness historic event

Order includes 100 737 MAX 200s

HANOI, May 23, 2016 – VietJet Aviation Joint Stock Company and Boeing [NYSE: BA] have finalized an order for 100 737 MAX 200 airplanes, the largest ever single commercial airplane purchase in Vietnam aviation. His Excellency Mr. Trần Đại Quang, President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, and U.S. President Barack Obama, witnessed the historic agreement, valued at approximately $11.3 billion at current list prices.

The signing ceremony, conducted by Vietjet President and CEO Nguyễn Thị Phương Thảo and Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner, took place at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi, at approximately 11:40 a.m. local time.

"Vietjet is efficiently operating a fleet of narrow body airplanes. Our investment in a fleet of B737 Max 200 will accommodate our strategy of growing Vietjet's coming international route network including long haul flights,” said Madam Nguyễn Thị Phương Thảo during the signing. “Through this agreement, Vietjet will contribute increasing bilateral trade turnover between Vietnam and the United States, as well as the integration and development of the aviation industry in Vietnam.‎”

The airplanes will be delivered from 2019 through 2023, supporting Vietjet’s continuous growth of its domestic as well as international network in the region. This agreement also helps Vietjet to increase its fleet to more than 200 airplanes by the end 2023, with the most modern and advanced technology in the world.

“Boeing is proud to again play an integral role in advancing Vietnam’s aviation industry. We’re honored to be joined by President Quang and President Obama for this historic milestone and order of 100 737 MAX 200 airplanes,” said Conner. “Incorporating the latest design and technology features, the highly efficient 737 MAX 200 will provide Vietjet’s growing network with market-leading economics, a superior passenger experience and contribute significantly to their future success.”

The 737 MAX incorporates the latest technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines, Advanced Technology winglets and other improvements to deliver the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market. The new single-aisle airplane will deliver 20 percent lower fuel use than the first Next-Generation 737s and the lowest operating costs in its class – 8 percent per seat less than its nearest competitor. To date, the 737 MAX has accumulated 3,098 orders from 65 customers around the world.

Egypt's Air Leisure secures state-backed charter contract

Air Leisure (AL, Cairo Int'l) has secured a three-month long charter contract from the Egyptian government to ferry tourists from Saudi Arabia to the Red Sea resort towns of Hurghada and Sharm el Sheikh.

Egypt's Tourism Minister Mohamed Yehia Rashed said in a statement that he hopes to attract as many as 150,000 Saudi vacationers to the Egyptian Riviera which has struggled in the face of renewed terrorist attacks.
Flights will start before the Eid Al-Fitr holidays, he added.
Should the project prove successful, the minister said other countries such as Kuwait, Jordan, and Lebanon could be targeted in future.
Air Leisure currently operates three ex-EgyptAir (MS, Cairo Int'l) A340-200s and one MD-83 (on repair in N'Djamena) on regular flights from Alexandria Borg el Arab, Assiut, Luxor, and Sohag to Jeddah and from Hurghada to Beijing Capital and Shanghai Pudong in China.
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Alitalia to add a maiden B777-300(ER) next year - Hogan

Alitalia (AZ, Rome Fiumicino) will add a maiden B777-300(ER) to its fleet next year airline vice chairman and Etihad Airways Group CEO, James Hogan, has said.

To that end, the carrier has been analyzing several potential new routes and, in order to match capacity to its expansion plans, will add a new B777-200(ER) - ex-Vietnam Airlines (VN, Hanoi) airframe msn 28688 - to the fleet this year with the B777-300(ER) and an extra A330-200 to follow next year. Focus has been placed on markets in North and South America and the Far East, Hogan said.

Alitalia currently operates fourteen A330-200s (of which two are dry-leased from Etihad), and ten B777-200(ER)s.
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Airbus launches ACJ350 XWB with Easyfit outfitting

World’s most modern VIP widebody

Airbus is launching a new corporate-jet version of its popular A350 XWB airliner, with Easyfit provisions for cabin-outfitting, expanding its corporate jet family with an aircraft that delivers more capacity, capability and comfort.

Called the ACJ350 XWB, it features 270 m2/2,910 ft2 of cabin space in the -900 version. The ultra-long range variant can fly 25 passengers up to 10,800 nm/20,000 km or 22 hours, making it today’s most modern and capable corporate jet.

The XWB stands for Xtra Widebody, enabling the ACJ350 to deliver Xtra comfort, Xtra innovative technology, Xtra efficiency, and to be Xtra easy to outfit.

Widebodies such as the ACJ350 offer the equivalent of several houses of floorspace, so creating cabins that meet demanding certification rules can be challenging, especially when they are installed within a fuselage made of new materials such as carbonfibre.

Airbus has thus chosen to pre-equip the carbonfibre fuselage of the ACJ350 with hundreds of attachment points, greatly simplifying the work of cabin-outfitters. It has also worked extensively with several cabin outfitters to ensure smooth completions for customers.
“One of Airbus’s greatest strengths is to offer customers the world’s most modern and efficient aircraft family, and the ACJ350 with Easyfit expands its corporate jet offering, giving customers a new way to take their business to the world,” says Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers John Leahy. “Our customers want the best and most modern aircraft that money can buy, and the ACJ350 exemplifies that,” he adds.

Airline deliveries of the Airbus A350-900 began in December 2014. Together with the A350-1000 version, currently in development and due to enter airline service in 2017, the family has already won some 800 orders from more than 40 customers.

Like all Airbus aircraft, the ACJ350 personifies features that many aircraft lack or which cost extra, such as the enhanced protection of fly-by-wire controls, time and cost-saving centralised maintenance, and extensive use of weight and maintenance-saving materials.

In addition, the ACJ350 XWB deliveres, as standard, new features such as an onboard airport navigation system (OANS), like GPS in a car, and a runway overrun prevention system (ROPS), an aid for pilots that helps to prevent runway excursions, especially in challenging weather.

More than 180 Airbus corporate jets are in service around the world, and they are flying on every continent, including Antarctica, highlighting their widespread nature and versatility.