VirginFlyer From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 4579 posts, RR: 39 Posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1711 times:
I checked back a few days, no one else seems to have mentioned this, so I thought I would bring it to the forum's attention:
AIRBUS OFFERS ITS COMPLETE PRODUCT LINE FOR THE CORPORATE, VIP AIRCRAFT MARKET
Airbus' presence in the corporate and VIP market is growing as international customers acquire aircraft that range in size from the Airbus Corporate Jetliner to widebody A330s and A340s.
The full Airbus product line is now being offered for the use in corporate, VIP and head-of-state service -- beginning with the 100-seat A318 and going up to the A380 superjumbo.
Richard Gaona, the vice president responsible for all corporate and VIP activity at Airbus, provides an update in an interview from the U.S. National Business Aviation Association annual convention in Orlando, Florida.
I guess this confirms what some people had been suggesting about the A340-200 living on as a VIP model. Is this really that new though? I mean, surely VIPs could have bought any airbus if they had particularly wanted to - is there anything new now (a seperate division perhaps)? How about over at Boeing - do they have anything like this?
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KHI747 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 1619 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1680 times:
I agree with you VirginFlyer that if someone really wanted to buy a particular aircraft they could obviously and Airbus would be more then happy to meet their needs.The only change that will surely come now would be Marketing wise as Airbus would have a dedicated department looking out for possible customers rather then the other way round......
Imagine some Airbus team convincing some billionare or Prince or President that they NEED an A380!!
Airways From Switzerland, joined Mar 2001, 880 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1678 times:
Is that new? It was always possible to get any aircraft from Boeing and Airbus as a corporate/VIP aircraft. Only the marketing will probably change a bit.
But don't expect that they're now calling up all the princes and presidents, telling them that it is time to retire their aging 747 or whatever. I don't think that they're going to sell aircrafts that way. They still have to wait until someone asks a quotation.
By the way, I have a brochure of the ACJ, which is about 2 years old. On the first page, they show the full range of Airbus aircraft (incl. A380), suggesting them as private aircraft. They even have small graphics of interior pictures of almost all the planes, to show the possibilities...