Airbus delivered the first ACJ320neo business jet
Acropolis Aviation, a British VIP carrier based at Farnborough Airport, received the first engine-powered narrow-body business jet, the Airbus ACJ320neo. According to Airbus, in the near future, the Swiss company AMAC in Basel will be installing the interior of the aircraft, as well as painting in the colors of the airline.
“Delivering the first ACJ320neo is the latest achievement in launching an entirely new ACJ family, providing even greater comfort, range and benefits that customers of business jets value,” said Benoit DeFourege, president of Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJ).
The new family differs from the basic version by the presence of fuel tanks in the cargo compartment, increasing the flight range, improved cabin atmosphere, increased maximum take-off weight and cruising altitude, as well as the presence of a built-in passenger ladder.
The base model ACJ320neo is capable of carrying 25 pass. at a distance of 11.1 thousand km. Also, the family is represented by a reduced version of the AC - ACJ319neo. This plane is able to take on board eight people and cover a distance of 12.5 thousand km.
Recall that at the end of December 2018, European and American aviation committees certified Airbus A319neo with CFM International LEAP-1A engines. Certification has opened the way to the operation of the ACJ319neo, deliveries of which are to begin in the coming months.
The ACJ320neo with CFM International LEAP-1A engines first flew in November 2018. In total, Airbus sold nine aircraft of the family (six ACJ320neo and three ACJ319neo).
Earlier in the ACJ stated that in the future the aircraft maintenance interval will be optimized. Thus, linear maintenance intervals for ACJ aircraft by 2020–2021. should be increased to 30 days.
In addition to narrow-body aircraft, the ACJ product line also includes the wide-body aircraft ACJ330neo and ACJ350XWB. In total, more than 190 Airbus business jets are operated in the world.