This is not a plush mansion in Toorak or Potts Point, but an Airbus ACJ319 corporate jet, sold to billionaires, governments, and corporations wanting to make an impression.

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“Yes, our market is to billionaires, not millionaires,” Airbus marketing director David Velupillai confirms.

There is a whisper that a new model of the plane is being built with a bowling alley, emphasizing that it is one of the largest corporate jets on the market, with a cabin height of 2.25 meters and a width of 3.7 meters.

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The ACJ319 jet has landed in Australia for the first time and is open for inspection (by appointment only) at the Avalon Air Show this week. When it is fitted out as a commercial airliner, it can seat 124 passengers but the corporate version on the tarmac at Avalon is built for just 19 people and includes a lounge, bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, and washrooms.

 

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“The people buying these planes are not after the exotic,” Mr Velupillai says.

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The cabins on the Airbus corporate jets – which come up against stiff competition from Gulf Stream, Bombardier and Boeing – are not stock standard in any sense of the word. They are customized to the individual needs of buyers to accommodate a small group or a government delegation. There has even been one un-named buyer who put in a long bar.

Last year, the airline sold nine corporate jets around the world for total worldwide sales of 170. “The market is very challenging right now because of the tight economic conditions,” Mr Velupillai says.

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If you can’t afford to spend $87 million on a pair of wings, there is an option to charter the plane. Fully fitted, the jet is $US87 million and there is at least one Australian buyer.

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