FAI adds Airbus ACJ319 to charter fleet


FAI rent-a-jet is adding an Airbus ACJ319 to its growing charter fleet. The 29-seat aircraft is currently being refitted, and will be available to charter from early 2018.

The purchase is the first aircraft acquisition since Bahrain Mumtalakat, the sovereign wealth fund of the Kingdom of Bahrain, acquired a stake in FAI Group’s parent company Axtmann Aviation Holding in May.

The ACJ319 has been fitted with five additional fuel tanks, which boosts its range to 5,000nm, and will be refitted to include a VIP bathroom with a shower, and high-speed internet and cellular communications technology.

Among the group of potential users, FAI is targeting sports teams and musicians on tour, who will be able to fully brand the aircraft.

“While there is plenty of supply in the charter market up to 19 passengers, we have something very unique in this class with our 29-seat layout,” said Siegfried Axtmann, FAI chairman. “The ACJ will be excellent for corporate shuttles, groups, music and sports tours, and conference and incentives – where we can fully brand the aircraft. This aircraft became available recently (it was previously under bank ownership) and we are delighted to add it to our growing fleet and move into a new market ourselves.”

Built in 2001, ACJ319 msn 1256 was originally delivered in June the same year to Aero Services Executive as F-GSVU. During its six years with the French operator, it spent short periods of time on leases to the Ukrainian and Turkish governments.

The aircraft was sold in 2007 to Portuguese operator White as CS-TLU, before being parked in Shannon Ireland as M-ABJE in August 2017.

Now registered as D-AXTI, the ACJ319 adds to the 25-strong FAI fleet, which includes four Global Express, six Challenger 604, 11 Learjet 60, one Learjet 55, one Premier 1A and a King Air 350.

Earlier in the year, CJI visited FAI at its Nuremberg headquarters, to interview Axtmann. You can watch the full video below. If you are unable to view it on YouTube, you can click the following link to watch the interview on YouKu.