The sixth VIP aircraft outfitted by the Airbus Corporate Jet Centre has been completed, the A320 Prestige jetliner delivered to a customer in the Middle East.
The Airbus Corporate Jet Centre (ACJC) – the specialist in Airbus Corporate Jet (ACJ) VIP cabin completion and associated services based in Toulouse, France – has delivered its sixth cabin to an undisclosed customer in the Middle-East, and confirms a growing backlog of Airbus Corporate Jet completions and the increase in its resources to match its growing services activity.
The ACJC’s latest delivery is an A320 Prestige with a wide and tall VIP cabin that features an elegant and cosy forward lounge with club seats and a divan, a bedroom with a large en suite bathroom, and two VIP guest areas.
This aircraft is the first operational A320 Prestige equipped with Airbus’ GSM onboard system. ACJC has succeeded in adapting the sophisticated GSM technology to the VIP cabin and airframe systems, enabling guests to use their mobile phones during flight.
The cabin also features mood lighting, new touch-screen technology, satellite TV and advanced passenger entertainment and communications – including a PFIS (Passenger Flight Information System), Internet and Audio & Video on Demand.
“With the brand-new Airbus GSM onboard system, an exceptionally low noise level of significantly less than 50dB in the bedroom, and a cabin lighter than its target weight, this latest outfitting reaffirms our technological know-how and leadership in ACJ cabin completion,” says Benoit Defforge, CEO of ACJC.
Over the last three years, ACJC has already completed and delivered five VIP cabins and has been so successful in winning new business that its facilities are essentially full until mid-2012. Of the seven ACJ cabins planned, four are currently being outfitted in the centre’s facility.
ACJC has also created a VIP Conversion kit, which allows the forward passenger area of an A320 to be converted into a spacious VIP section. Installed in less than eight hours, the kit gives customers the opportunity to have a multi-mission aircraft for VIP or commercial transport. The first kit was recently delivered for a customer’s A320, giving the aircraft a dual-role capability. ACJC also made provisions for subsequent installation of the kit for the same customer, on a second A320 aircraft.
“ACJC is now capitalising on its experience and know-how with this VIP conversion kit solution, which is currently the quickest to install in the VIP market,” says Bruno Galzin, Head of Sales and Marketing at ACJC.