Airbus prepares first ACJ320neo for take-off

Airbus prepares first ACJ320neo for take-off

The first ACJ320neo has entered final assembly in Hamburg, marking the start of a new era in Airbus corporate jets.

Featuring the largest cabin in its class, the ACJ320neo is due to be delivered to Acropolis Aviation of the UK in the last quarter, together with a second aircraft, for Comlux of Switzerland.

More than 300 A320neo family airliners are already flying with carriers around the world, but deliveries of corporate jet versions are only just beginning.

Like the airliner versions, the ACJ320neo family features new-generation engines and Sharklets, which save around 15 per cent in fuel and deliver a leap forward in range.

The resulting ACJ320neo can fly 25 passengers 11,100 kilometres, or for a total of 13 hours, enabling routes such as London to Beijing or Cape Town and Moscow to Los Angeles .

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The ACJ319neo can fly eight passengers some 12,500 kilometres, or for 15 hours.

The hallmark of the ACJ320neo family is a wider and taller cabin than that of traditional business jets, while having a similar ramp-footprint and operating costs.

Orders for the ACJ320neo family now total nine aircraft, comprising three ACJ319neo and six ACJ320neo aircraft.