Gulf carrier Emirates has launched a private jet charter operation - Emirates Executive - using a 19-seat Airbus ACJ319.
"Emirates Executive elevates the high standards and quality of Emirates that our customers have come to expect, with the flexibility and luxury that can only be offered by a private chartered flight," says Adnan Kazim, divisional senior vice-president at Emirates.
It hopes to tap into growth markets in the Middle East, India, Russia and China, says Kazim.
The new ACJ319 (A6-CJE), a 2011-built airframe, is powered by CFM International CFM56 engines.
On board, it offers private suites and a large multi-function lounge area, which the carrier hopes will attract both private customers and corporations.
It is configured with two main zones. At the front of the twinjet sits a dining and executive lounge designed to accommodate up to 12 passengers. The second distinct area comprises 10 private suites, each featuring a fully lie-flat seat and a 32in HD LCD screen.
The suites are complemented by bathrooms featuring a full-height shower.
Source: Flight International