Acropolis Aviation has announced it will be the launch customer of a brand new aircraft – the Airbus ACJ320neo.
The aircraft will enter service in early 2020.
Acropolis chief executive Jonathan Bousfield signed the contract for the newest member of the Airbus family earlier alongside Benoit Defforge, managing director of Airbus Corporate Jets.
“In finalising this order, we are committing to providing our discerning clientele with the newest and ultimate large-cabin aircraft well into the next decade.
“Our current ACJ319 performs at the top of the spectrum of client expectations with the largest cabin in its class.
“It is remarkable that the ACJ320neo will improve even further on these high specifications and standards,” said Bousfield.
The new aircraft will have a range of 6,000nm/11,100km.
With cabin space of 1,033 sqft, 150 sqft more than in the ACJ319, the ACJ320neo will have capacity for 140 bags and an even quieter cabin than the already super quiet ACJ319.
It will also have an average lower cabin altitude of better than 6,400 feet, for improved passenger comfort.
Farnborough, UK-based Acropolis began operations with the ACJ319 in 2010, and its aircraft G-NOAH, with its 19 luxury seats and VVIP cabin, is a highly regarded showcase for Airbus’ Corporate Jet fleet.
“Our ACJ319 with its ten-hour non-stop range is extremely popular in the high-end charter market, especially in the Middle East, USA and Europe.
“With the new aircraft we will gain an improved range of 6,000nm/11,100km, which means clients can fly from London to Los Angeles Johannesburg or Tokyo direct and London to Sydney with one refuelling stop,” said Bousfield.
The aircraft will accommodate up to 19 passengers in a VVIP configuration and will be fitted with start-of-the-art in-flight entertainment.
The arrival at the end of the decade of the new Airbus ACJ320neo will replace today’s ACJ319 G-NOAH, which will become available for sale in late 2018.