Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJ) has announced an expansion of its team, visibility and sales and marketing efforts in the USA.
The company said that in the USA, there is a need for some 1,200 business jets due to be replaced or for growth, including around 100 bizliners and 1,100 business jets.
“The goal for ACJ is to penetrate the US market with its latest new-generation corporate jet aircraft, the ACJ TwoTwenty, which was launched at the end of 2020,” said Sean McGeough, VP, commercial ACJ, for North America. “We strongly believe that the ACJ TwoTwenty is a game-changer as it is a new value proposition to business aviation buyers. The innovative solution combines intercontinental range and up to three times more personal space, thus providing more comfort for each passenger and at a similar price tag as ULR bizjets but with a much lower operating cost.”
In addition, Comlux Completion in Indianapolis, Indiana, is extending its capabilities within the ACJ Service Center Network and is becoming an approved service centre MRO for the ACJ TwoTwenty. Its capabilities include all maintenance-related activities, cabin refurbishment and cabin/system upgrades. The ACJ TwoTwenty was launched at the end of 2020 and will enter service in 2023.
Airbus has a long-standing relationship with the USA, going back some 40 years. Thanks to more than 2,000 commercial aircraft in service in the USA, the company’s activity has grown from fewer than a dozen people in 1978 to more than 4,000 employees in a network of 38 locations in 16 states. Airbus has spent more than US$220bn in the USA since 1990, supporting more than 275,000 American jobs, and utilises ~2,000 US suppliers in some 40 states.