It seems like yesterday I was in Toulouse for the relaunch of the Bombardier CSeries as the Airbus A220 series. From there on, the aircraft programme has come far, and today, Airbus put another feather in its cap, introducing the Airbus Corporate Jet based on the A220 programme, aptly named the ACJ TwoTwenty.
Airbus Corporate Jets is a specialised division of Airbus, which helps customers make corporate/private jets with existing Airbus offerings such as the A350, A320neo and the A319neo. A few Indian industrialists have/had the A319neo ACJ in their fleets. The whole offering of a commercial aircraft with a private jet feel is exciting.
For instance, here are the interiors of a concept A330neo ACJ.
Here is an A320neo ACJ in service, registered in Great Britain.
Now, Airbus has launched the corporate jet version of the Airbus 220, based on the A220-100 aircraft. They call it the ACJ TwoTwenty.
The ACJ TwoTwenty occupies the same parking spaces as competing business jets, however, offers three times more cabin space, with a third less operating costs. The A220 Family is the quietest, cleanest and most eco-friendly aircraft in its category, featuring a 50 per cent reduced noise footprint compared to previous generation aircraft, and up to 25 per cent lower fuel burn.
The ACJ TwoTwenty is a clean-sheet design aircraft, based on Airbus’ A220-100, featuring advanced materials and state-of-the-art technologies. The cabin will offer two times better connectivity than its competitors, a Wi-Fi system across all the cabin and latest innovations such as electro-chromatic windows and LED lighting.
The ACJ TwoTwenty offers 73 square metres of floor space which can be distributed over six living areas. The cabin will allow up to 18 passengers to work, share, dine and relax at their discretion thanks to its cabin versatility and options suiting their needs and taste.
The ACJ TwoTwenty will have an increased range, enabling the aircraft to fly up to 5,650 nm/10,500 km (over 12 flight hours), directly connecting city pairs like London and Los Angeles, Moscow and Jakarta, Tokyo and Dubai as well as Beijing and Melbourne, benefitting the entire A220 Programme. The TwoTwenty will be able to carry up to 5 tonnes of extra fuel to improve the range and will be developed with ETOPS 180 certification, allowing for direct routing on long-haul trips.
More than 200 Airbus corporate jets are in service on every continent, including Antarctica. Airbus supports more than 500 airline and corporate jet customers with one of the largest support networks in the world, including tailored services for business jet needs. This new ACJ already has two confirmed orders, while four more are expected to be confirmed by an unnamed customer soon.
Having flown the A220, I can vouch for the fact that it is one of the quieter aircraft around, and spacious too. It’s exciting to see the private jet version of this out now.
What do you make of the new business jet coming from the Airbus stable?
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