By Benjamin Katz

 

Airbus has launched a business jet version of its A220-100 narrowbody as it looks to take advantage of a stronger recovery in private jet use compared with a collapse in demand for commercial airline flights during the coronavirus pandemic.

Private aviation has recovered to about 90% of pre-pandemic levels, Benoit Defforge, Airbus's president of corporate jets, told The Wall Street Journal. "This market is much more resilient," he said.

The planemaker on Tuesday announced six orders for the new product, including two from charter firm Comlux, which has partnered with Airbus to outfit the aircraft. The jet, which has 785 square feet of floor space and seats 18 passengers, has a longer range compared to similarly sized rivals, capable of flying over 12 hours, the company said.

 

Write to Benjamin Katz at ben.katz@wsj.com

 

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

October 06, 2020 09:15 ET (13:15 GMT)

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