Airbus announces the no. 1 A318 Elite has shown its trans-Atlantic range capability by flying non-stop from London to Boston for the U.S. debut of this newest member in Airbus´ corporate jetliner family.
Carrying seven passengers and eight crewmembers, the A318 Elite completed the flight from the London area´s Luton airport to Boston´s Bedford airport in 7 hr. 40 min., despite bad headwind conditions. In addition, this first A318 Elite was not fitted with the additional centre tank, which will equip subsequent aircraft to provide non-stop range from Paris to New York.
The aircraft belongs to Switzerland-based VIP operator Comlux. The operator ordered five aircraft and has taken the delivery of the no. 1 A318 Elite earlier this month.