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Boutsen Aviation invites attendees onto Pinto-designed A319CJ

Business aircraft dealer Boutsen Aviation and its founder, Thierry Boutsen, are back at this year's EBACE to market a portfolio of aircraft that includes a luxuriously appointed Airbus A319CJ on static display.

It can be yours for $44.9 million.

The nine-year-old aircraft has about everything you would want from a VIP airliner.

The late Alberto Pinto, who Thierry Boutsen calls "one of the most famous designers", created the A319CJ's layout. It has four sections: a forward lounge, a dining area that converts into a conference room, aft lounge and master bedroom suite.

The aircraft can accommodate 19 passengers, sleeps 13 and, with three additional fuel tanks, can fly for about 10h, covering close to 5,000nm (9,260km).

It typically carries two or three cabin crew and three cockpit crew, including two pilots and a flight engineer who maintains the aircraft and ensures it remains flight-ready even at airports lacking services, says Boutsen.

The company signed a deal to broker the aircraft last year, and Thierry has high hopes for the show, noting that demand for large business jets has grown stronger despite continued high inventory levels.

He attributes signs of market strength to economic improvement, particularly in the USA.

"This show is the biggest show in Europe. Most of the potential buyers, all their representatives, come to this show," he says. "The heavy jet segment is pretty active."

Boutsen Aviation has been expanding, having recently hired a sales director to oversee the company's presence in northern Europe and the UK.

The A319CJ is among 13 aircraft being brokered by Boutsen Aviation, with others including a Bombardier Global 5000, Gulfstream G550, Dassault Falcon 50 and 2000EX, Embraer Phenom 300, Textron Aviation Cessna Citation CJ2+, Hawker Beechcraft Premier 1A, Socata TBM 700A and Beechcraft King Air E90.

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