Airbus: BAA Jet management becomes new Airbus ACJ customer
BAA Jet Management has placed a commitment for an Airbus Corporate Jetliner (ACJ), becoming the first customer for the type to be based in Hong Kong with extensive business there and in mainland China. The order reinforces the Airbus ACJ Family’s leadership of top-of-the-line corporate jet sales in Asia.
BAA Jet Management’s Airbus ACJ will operate from Shenzen, near Hong Kong, and will be the first to be based, and registered, in the People’s Republic of China. It will also be the first authorised for charter under the new Chinese CCAR Part 135 rules.
One of the leading aviation companies in Asia, BAA Jet Management offers a complete range of business jet services, including VIP charters, aircraft management, flight support and aircraft sales and acquisition. Handling aircraft that are registered in the USA or the People’s Republic of China, BAA Jet Management has bases in Beijing, Hong Kong and Shenzen.
“Airbus’ ACJ is clearly the future at the top end of the corporate jet market, where the trend is toward larger aircraft and making it part of our fleet will allow us to offer unmatched cabin volume and capability to meet this growing demand,” says BAA Vice Chairman Jay Shaw. “Our customers want the best, and are going to be more than happy with what we will deliver with the Airbus ACJ.”
BAA Jet Management’s Airbus ACJ will be powered by CFM International CFM56-5 engines.
Airbus’ ACJ Family, comprising the A318 Elite, ACJ and A320 Prestige, is the aircraft family of choice at the upper end of the top-of-line corporate jet market, where it has led in sales in each of the past three and a half years. It has more than 80 sales to its credit.
“Airbus is widely recognised as having the world’s most modern airliner family, and is now increasingly accepted as having the best at the top end of the corporate jet market,” says Airbus Chief Operating Officer Customers, John Leahy. “As companies, individuals and governments become more aware of what the Airbus ACJ Family has to offer, demand for our corporate jets continues to grow.”
Derived from the ever popular and successful Airbus A320 Family, which now has more than 5,000 firm orders to its credit, the Airbus ACJ Family delivers unmatched spaciousness and modernity in what are the best corporate jets that money can buy.
Airbus’ A320 and Airbus ACJ Families are unique in delivering a host of innovations in the top-of-the-line corporate jet market – including a common cockpit with fly-by-wire controls, extensive use of weight-saving carbonfibre, advanced fuel-saving aerodynamic design that includes wingtip fences and fully comprehensive cost-saving centralised maintenance.