Airbus begins the final assembly of its first ACJ320neo
Hamburg - The first Airbus ACJ320neo, the revamped version of its single-aisle aircraft for the VIP market, entered final assembly line in Hamburg, Germany, starting a new era for Airbus Corporate Jets.
With the largest cabin in its class, the ACJ320neo is scheduled for delivery to the Acropolis Aviation, a British company providing custom flight services for its customers, in the last quarter of 2018.
The aircraft manufacturer recalls that more than 300 aircraft of the A320neo family have entered service worldwide, but the deliveries of business jets are just beginning.
Like its airliner sisters, the ACJ320neo family is equipped with next-generation engines and winglets, which save about 15% of fuel. The ACJ320neo can carry up to 25 passengers on 6000 nm (11.100 km) or 13 hours of flight while the ACJ319neo can carry eight passengers on 6700 nm (12,500 km) or 15 hours of flight.
Airbus highlights that the ACJ320neo family has a wider and larger cabin than that of traditional business jets while having similar operating costs, and better carbon footprint.
Differences from the airline family include a reinforced cargo bay to carry additional central tanks (ACTs), integrated stairways, and lower cabin pressurization for passenger comfort.
Airbus' new corporate jet received nine orders (six ACJ319neo and three ACJ320neo) so far from customers around the globe.