Driven by requests from Saudi Arabian and Chinese customers, Airbus has sought regulatory approval to allow use of some of its narrowbody business aircraft for Part 135 operations.
The FAA, European Aviation Safety Agency, and Saudi GACA have given the ACJ318 and ACJ319 Part 135 approval; in China, the authorization from the CAAC is still limited to the ACJ319.
The regulatory nod means operators can more easily charter their aircraft than is possible using Part 121.
The one caveat is that operators have to limit their operations to fewer than 30 seats and to a payload of no more than 7,500 lb.
Airbus notes that around 15 of its narrowbody ACJs are now typically available for charter.