The Airbus Corporate Jetliner (ACJ) Family has reached the milestone of 100 sales, worth .5 billion based on list prices, just ten years after programme launch in 1997.
Initially comprising just one model, the Airbus ACJ, which evolved into a corporate jet from the A319, the family first expanded to include an A320 Prestige and, more recently, an A318 Elite.
“Our initial forecast was for annual sales in this top-end category of just twelve aircraft a year, of which we expected to win a half,” comments Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers, John Leahy. “We’ve done rather better than that and, with corporate jet customers increasingly recognising that they get a lot more for their money with our aircraft, we expect to do even better in the future,” he added.
Airbus has won more than 30 corporate jet orders this year, including no less than five VIP widebodies, setting a new record for the company. This compares with sales of 20 Airbus ACJ Family aircraft and one VIP widebody in 2006.According to the official Airbus press-release