The fuel-efficient aircraft with the “widest and tallest cabins of any large business jet” heralds a new era for Airbus.
The first ACJ320neo has been assembled on schedule for Airbus’ future corporate clients. Fitted with CFM International LEAP-1A engines and painted in ACJ house colours, it is preparing for a first flight in the coming weeks.
After delivery to Acropolis Aviation of the UK in the last quarter of this year, the aircraft will enter outfitting in Basle, Switzerland, where an Alberto Pinto-designed cabin will be installed, and it will be repainted in the customer’s colours.
Like the aircraft types from which it is derived, the ACJ320neo family features new-generation engines and sharklets, saving around 15% in fuel and “delivering a leap forward in intercontinental range”, according to Airbus.
The plane can fly up to 25 passengers 6,000 nautical miles, or 11,100 kilometres – about 13 hours – enabling routes such as London to Beijing or Cape Town, and Moscow to Los Angeles.
The ACJ319neo, by comparison, can fly up to eight passengers 6,700 nautical miles, or 12,500 kilometres, for up to 15 hours.
Featuring “the widest and tallest cabins of any large business jet”, the ACJ320neo family planes deliver “similar operating costs and better residual value, while being about the same size”, Airbus says. Orders for the ACJ320neo family so far stand at nine aircraft, comprising three ACJ319neo and six ACJ320neo.
Airbus says that the CFM LEAP or Pratt & Whitney PW1000G engines give lower fuel burn, providing additional range along with lower engine noise. To increase its fuel capacity, the ACJ319neo is offered to clients with up to five additional tanks.