Friday, May 1, 2009
|STANDARD DATA: Seats 2-39. Gross wt. 166,450. Empty wt. 129,000. Engines two 26,500-lb. International Aero Engines IAE V2527M-A5.
PERFORMANCE: Max speed Mach 0.82. Ceiling 41,000'. Range 6,300 nm.
When Boeing announced its Boeing Business Jet (BBJ), a personalized version of its 737 airframe, Aerospatiale countered with the A319CJ (Corporate Jet), a private Airbus 319. The first version was rolled out at the Paris Air Show in 1997 and Airbus immediately began taking orders. The CJ was also designed to be easily refitted as airliner and thus providing more flexibility for resale, which can be important since the jet cost $35 million in 1999 dollars—before the additional $5 million to $15 million interior finishing price. Airbus also offers the A319 configured for traditional airline service.