16 APRIL 2018
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The changing face of executive travel is on show in Shanghai this week with Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJ) highlighting its ACJ320 Family at the Asian Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (ABACE), which begins tomorrow and runs until Thursday.
The manufacturer says the aircraft, represented at the show by an Al Jaber Aviation ACJ318, has the widest and tallest cabin of any business jet, while comparable in size and with similar operating costs to traditional models.
ACJ president Benoit Defforge said: “Airbus corporate jets give you the freedom to get on with life that is missing in traditional bizjets, whether you want to work, rest or play, and you can take along more colleagues, friends and family too.”
Defforge said at the heart of today’s Airbus corporate jet family are the ACJ319neo, which can fly eight passengers 12,500km (6,700nmi) or 15hr, and the ACJ320neo, which can transport 25 passengers 11,100km (6,000nmi) or 13hr.
Deliveries of the ACJ320neo begin at the end of this year, with the ACJ319neo following in the second quarter of 2019. Customers include Acropolis Aviation, Comlux and K5 Aviation.
Like all Airbus aircraft in production, the jets have fly-by-wire controls plus time and cost-saving centralised maintenance, and extensive use of weight-saving new materials.
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