Airbus sells second VIP plane

An Asian customer has placed a firm order for an Airbus A350 XWB Prestige, in what is the second commitment for the newest member of the Airbus corporate jetliner family.The A350-900 will feature a luxurious VIP interior, and will be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines. BAA Jet Management of Hong Kong has been chosen to manage the A350 XWB Prestige on behalf of the customer, and will base the aircraft in Hong Kong.

“We are delighted to be expanding in the VIP widebody field with this latest VIP version of the Airbus A350 XWB, which will join the one that we are already engaged to manage for C Jet Ltd - as well as several Airbus Corporate Jetliner (ACJ) Family aircraft,” said BAA Jet Management Vice Chairman Jay Shaw.

Airbus corporate jets range from the Airbus ACJ Family, comprising the A318 Elite, ACJ and A320 Prestige, all the way up through VIP versions of the A330, A340, and even the double-deck A380.

“This order for the VIP version of the A350 XWB marks the opening of a new market for our all-new eco-efficient aircraft,” said Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers John Leahy. “The A350 is already very successful with airline customers and leasing companies. We are also convinced that it is ideal for Heads of States as well as government officials and other VIPs for their long distance travel, as it offers both the cabin space as well as the range to comfortably reach virtually any part of the world non-stop.”

Firm orders for the Airbus A350 XWB airliner now stand at more than 300 firm orders, with a growing customer-base that includes bell-weather airlines such as Emirates and Singapore Airlines.