Within hours of announcing the ACJ TwoTwenty corporate jet and creating a whole new market segment ‘The Xtra Large Bizjet,’ Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJ) won its first orders for six aircraft.
While Comlux Aviation, a known hand in outfitting and upgrading VIP interiors, 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. The expected price of each aircraft is around $ 70 million for standard options.
Based on Airbus’ A220-100, the ACJ TwoTwenty claims to be a clean-sheet design aircraft. 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 comes with 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 new aircraft features a high-end VIP cabin interior, supported by a flexible cabin catalogue, from which Comlux has selected the business and guest lounge as well as a private entertainment space and a private suite, including a bathroom.
The cabin, set to “Reimagine your place in the sky…” will be equipped with large full lie flat seats, a US-king size bed, a standing rainshower, a humidifying system for well-being on board and leading edge connectivity, according to Airbus.
Richard Gaona, Executive Chairman and CEO Comlux said they were proud to be the launch customer of the Airbus’ newest family member, the ACJ TwoTwenty and the selected partner to outfit the cabin in it’s completion center in Indianapolis.
“We have worked jointly with ACJ and shared our long experience in operating and completing all types of aircraft, to allow the new Bizjet to offer more comfort and the latest cabin innovations available in the industry,” he said.
Mr. Gaona claimed that thanks to the unique combination of intercontinental range, comfort, extra space and second-to-none economics, Comlux was convinced that the aircraft would be a winner in the business aviation market.
“We are honoured to see our longstanding client Comlux becoming the launch customer of our new ACJ TwoTwenty as well as our cabin completion partner on the programme,” said Benoit Defforge, President ACJ.
Key Features offered by ACJ TwoTwenty:
- Three times more cabin space,
- Yet with a third less operating costs benefiting from the high performance of Airbus’ latest A220 Family,
- The A220 Family is the quietest, cleanest and most eco-friendly aircraft in its category,
- It features a 50 percent reduced noise footprint compared to previous generation aircraft, and
- Up to 25 percent lower fuel burn.
Mr. Defforge explained that the new extra Large Bizjet would seamlessly complement Comlux’s portfolio – and they were convinced the aircraft would become a flagship addition to their fleet.
Airbus supports more than 500 airline and corporate jet customers with one of the largest support networks in the world, including services tailored to business jet needs. Airbus informed that over 200 Airbus corporate jets are in service on every continent, including Antarctica.