Long regarded as a world above others in its class, ACJ have been the go-to for High-Net-Worth and Ultra-High-Net-Worth executive travel for more than two decades; the Middle East is ACJ’s largest market for business jets and VIP widebodies with more than 600 Airbus aircraft in service; and by 2034, the total number of passenger fleet airlines domiciled in the Middle East is projected to grow by more than 2,000 new passenger aircraft. So it should come as no surprise that ACJ introduces the ACJ319neo and the ACJ320neo, the newest editions to a fleet of more than 500 in the A320 Family at MEBAA.
The ACJ319neo, the belle of the proverbial aviation ball, accommodates eight passengers at 6,750 nautical miles for more than 15 hours, while the ACJ320neo can hold 25 passengers at 6,000 nautical miles or more than 13 hours. The ACJ320neo for Acropolis Aviation, the first of the new fleet, has cabin design developed in partnership with Basel-based French photographer and interior designer Alberto Pinto.
Similarly, Gulfstream—having received both type and production certification on the same day— proudly displayed the G500 and G600. The new editions join the Gulfstream fleet, which includes the Gulfstream G280, the Gulfstream G550, and the flagship Gulfstream G650ER.
With 14 large Gulfstream panoramic windows and a travel range of 5,200 nm, the G500 connects distant cities from Dubai to Cape Town at Mach 0.85. The G600 outfits 19 and sleeps 9 at a cruising altitude of 51,000ft. The G600 is also the longest cabin of its class at 45ft, 2 inches.
But MEBAA is about more than panoramic views and digital LED lighting, and Smart Glass technology. Interested parties, as Ali Alnaqbi, Founding & Executive Chairman of MEBAA, says, is about “getting closer to the aircraft, studying the interiors, and better understanding the technology, the engines, and most of all, talk with company representatives face-to-face.”
“The aviation sector,” Alnaqbi explains, “accounts for more than 27 percent of Dubai’s GDP, or $26.7 billion, according to Oxford Economics, while business and private aviation make up between 3 to 5 percent of the aviation sector across the MENA region. With figures like these, it is not surprising that the region is considered a key market by key global players such as those you mention and many others.
“The MEBAA Show is the only dedicated and biggest business aviation show in the MENA region and provides a platform for the entire industry to meet, network and do business in the region. The region puts a premium on face-to-face networking as an integral part of doing business and the MEBAA show has provided the ideal forum for this.”