LONDON – Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJ) successfully announced the delivery of an ACJA319NEO, the first of its kind the European manufacturer announced on the 6th of July.
The new ACJ is powered by the new CFM International LEAP-1A engines, an undisclosed client based in Western Europe. The aircraft will be managed on behalf of Jet Aviation, and yes, one can charter this aircraft depending on its availability.
Airbus Corporate Jets President, Benoit Defforge.“This demonstrates the value of the ACJ319neo for the business aviation market! The aircraft’s latest technology engines and Sharklets enable even longer intercontinental flights in the widest single-aisle cabin in the sky while delivering at least 20 per cent fuel-saving and excellent economics combined with a robust 99.9 % operational reliability,” says Airbus Corporate Jets President, Benoit Deforge.
The ACJ319NEO one would say is a late bloomer in the world of ACJs. Mostly because of all the ACJs sold, also accounting for the non-NEOs variant, the A320s and the A318s.
The ACJA319NEO will eventually complement the fleet of more than 2,200 A321NEO and A320NEO aircraft that is already in service in both, airliners, private and a handful of military operators.
This is meant that all ACJs sold will be properly supported by the manufacturer, with more than 500 operators and customers operating worldwide.
There is always an abundance of field service, after-sales services, training centres and all other services that are targeted to private jet operators.
Interestingly in 2019, the first-ever ACJ319neos conducted a 16 hrs. and 10 min test flight, which is a new record for the longest A320 Family.
Jet Aviation is set to manage the world’s first ACJ319NEO. Jet Aviation is a general dynamics company and was founded in Basel Switzerland in 1967.
The company started from one hangar at Basel and the company grew to service all aspects of business aviation, serving more than 50 countries worldwide.
ACJs are gaining ground in the global market for airliner turned business jets. Recently, an article on the A220 cabin mockup design has been a major boost for Airbus’s portfolio and its footprint in business aviation.
The ACJ appears to have gained bigger steam than rival BBJs, as the manufacturer introduces the ACJ220 and the ACJ319NEOs. Airbus announced that it will stop production of its A318 and thus the NEO version is not going to be available.
This will give ACJ319NEOs and ACJ220s a better grounding in the ever-growing competitive market.
The A320 family continues to thrive in the market for both private usage and the commercial liner, and also the passenger two cargo conversions.
Recently, Airbus received a historical order from China totalling of 292 Airbus A320 jets.