In these times, thinking of flying private has never been so good of an idea… if you could afford it.
Airbus is tempting corporate buyers with a variant of its A220 platform – dubbed the ACJ TwoTwenty Business Jet
The ACJ TwoTwenty is a variant of the Airbus A220-100 (nee Bombardier CSeries CS100).
Normally set up for 125 seats, the A220 turns into a different beast in this use case, with a flexible cabin catalogue being offered to address the different needs of the long-range business jet. The aircraft itself offers 73m²/785 ft² of floor space distributed over six wide VIP living areas…
… all for 18 passengers.
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, benefiting the entire A220 Programme.
While the aircraft would occupy the same parking space and be able to take off from the same airports as competing business jets, the ACJ TwoTwenty will offer three times more cabin space compared to its competition.
Like the rest of the A220 family, it will 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.
Comlux, with its ACJ-approved completion centre in Indianapolis and proven experience in outfitting and upgrading VIP interiors, has been selected as exclusive partner for the outfitting of the first 15 cabins to the latest addition of the ACJ programme. Leveraging Comlux’s long-standing experience in business jet operations as well as cabin outfitting, its knowledgeable completion team is partnering with ACJ’s Head of Creative Design, Sylvain Mariat. He is recognized for having created the most innovative flying experiences.
Orders in already coming in
The ACJ TwoTwenty has launched with customers, with Airbus Corporate Jets winning its first orders for six aircraft following its launch. While Comlux has revealed an order for two aircraft, four further jets were ordered by undisclosed customers.
Entry into service of the first ACJ TwoTwenty by Comlux Aviation is targeted for early 2023.
On the lauch Benoit Defforge, President ACJ said,
“We are proud to extend the ACJ product Family with the launch of the ACJ TwoTwenty. The aircraft combines intercontinental range, unmatched personal space and comfort for all passengers. This latest technology platform offers unbeatable economics and unrivalled reliability,”
“Based on its compelling market appeal, we see promising demand for this aircraft in the growing business jet market.”
For those who don’t do Zoom, but have the cash.
In these days, everyone has turned to Zoom, Skype, Teams, Webex or whatever conferencing service you have to hand to meet, discuss and engage. However – for some – the physical presence cannot replace a video call.
For executives of companies – and companies that rely on the in-person presence to conduct their duties, an aircraft like this will be a welcome sight.
Especially if they want to avoid the general public when flying
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