2 JULY 2018
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Marking what the manufacturer is calling “a new era in Airbus corporate jets”, the first ACJ320neo has entered final assembly in Hamburg and is due to be delivered to Acropolis Aviation UK later this year, with a second aircraft for Comlux of Switzerland.
More than 300 A320neo family airliners are flying with carriers around the world, but deliveries of corporate jet versions are only just beginning. Like the airliner versions, the ACJ320neo family has new-generation engines and fuel-saving Sharklets.
Airbus says the resulting ACJ320neo, featuring the largest cabin in its class, can fly 25 passengers 11,100km, or for a total of 13hr, enabling routes such as London – Beijing or Cape Town and Moscow – Los Angeles, while the ACJ319neo can fly eight passengers 12,500km or 15hr.
The hallmark of the ACJ320neo family is a wider and taller cabin than that of traditional business jets, while having a similar ramp-footprint and operating costs.
ACJ320neo Family differences from airliner variants include a cargo hold that is reinforced to carry additional centre tanks (ACTs) for intercontinental range, built-in airstairs for airport autonomy, and a lower cabin-altitude for passenger comfort.
Orders for the family now total nine aircraft, comprising three ACJ319neos and six ACJ320neos.
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