Swiss VIP operator Comlux Aviation has taken delivery of the first Airbus A318 Elite, following handover earlier this month of the first of three aircraft the Zurich-based operator has on order.  The Elite will be outfitted with an 18-seat VIP cabin by Hamburg, Germany-based completion specialist Lufthansa Technik, which is due to deliver the aircraft in the first half of next year.

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 “we constantly strive to offer our passengers the best in comfort and service, which the Airbus A318 Elite will allow us to deliver in a new and unique market-segment,“ says Comlux Aviation president and chief executive Ettore Rodaro. 

Comlux Aviation was formed in 2003 and operates an A319 Corporate Jetliner (ACJ), a Dassault Falcon 2000EX, an Embraer Legacy and two Challenger 604s. The company also has a Global Express XRS and two Challenger 850s on order and is the European launch customer for the Challenger 605.

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Airbus launched the Elite in November 2005 as the newest and smallest member of the A320-based ACJ family which includes the A319 and Prestige. The Elite is available in a 14-seat and 18-seat configuration and is designed to compete in the long-range, large cabin sector with the Global 5000, Gulfstream G450 and Falcon 900EX. It has a range of 7,000km (3,800nm) with eight passengers and, unlike the ACJ, has no auxiliary fuel tanks. 

Source: Flight International