Airbus Corporate Jets Demonstrates Resilience in Challenging Market Environment
The company’s new Airbus ACJ TwoTwenty, based on the passenger A220 aircraft, will debut with Comlux in early 2023, completing the Airbus Corporate Jet Family along with ACH350, ACJ330neo and ACJneo Family aircraft.
On Wednesday (March 3, 2021), Airbus announced an update on the resilience of their Airbus Corporate Jet (ACJ) program during the challenging pandemic market environment. ACJ continues to provide customers with a unique top of market business aviation experience. In early 2023, the company will deliver their clean sheet ACJ TwoTwenty, based on the passenger A220, to launch customer Comlux. The TwoTwenty completes the ACJ Family of aircraft along with ACJ350, ACJ330neo and ACJneo Family aircraft.
In today’s announcement, ACJ’s President, Benoit Defforge, said,
“The business aviation market has evolved significantly in recent years. In the beginning, the demand came mainly from governments, but we have started to see a shift, with increasing interest now coming from corporations for private flights. The requirements of our customers are constantly evolving, and we are continually listening to their needs, to improve our products and services to give value-added solutions. This is widely recognized in the marketplace, and customers are increasingly aware that we are able to provide highly competitive and tailored solutions especially in these difficult times.”
During the age of COVID-19, corporations have found that corporate jets provide a safe and robust way to conduct business with the use of private airports and ensure business continuity. For example, last summer a private airport in the South of France saw a traffic increase of over 20 percent. Commenting on this trend, ACJ’s Vice President Commercial, Stan Shparberg, said,
“We cannot replace everything with video conferences, our customers still need to meet people face to face. The flexibility and capability of ACJ perfectly meets these needs. On top of that together with Airbus Corporate Helicopters (ACH), we are the only company in the world to offer door to door solutions with dedicated private and business jets and helicopters. We are delighted to see that a lot of new buyers realize the value of our solutions as an answer to the post covid situation.”
ACJ offers niche market needs by designing services which span from government kit for Head of State Aircraft on am A330 MRTT (Multi Role Tanker Transport) to a fully outfitted presidential or private ACJA350. During 2020, ACJ delivered their first ACJ350 with “easyfit” provisions that pre-equip the VIP widebody aircraft’s carbon fiber fuselage with attachment points, simplifying the work of cabin outfitters.
Approximately 200 ACJs are in service worldwide on every continent, with a strong presence in the Middle East, China and Europe. Customers include governments (50%), private individuals (25%) and corporate customers (25%). Airbus Corporate Jets offers unique expertise coupled with the best technology, finest service and highest standard of care in corporate aviation.