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.
Full story at: http://www.airbus.com/airbus4u/articles_detail.asp?ae_id=78
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?