ACJ320neo Jet, France


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Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJ) 320 new engine options neo aircraft is the longest-range single-aisle business jet in the A320 family manufactured by Airbus.

The Melody cabin design for the aircraft was unveiled in November 2016. The aircraft is expected to enter service by the end of 2018.

ACJ also develops ACJ318, ACJ319 and ACJ321 in the ACJ family. The ACJ jets can carry more passengers than traditional business jets, making them suitable for governmental and corporate functions.

ACJ320neo jet orders and deliveries

ACJ received its first order from Acropolis Aviation, Farnborough, in May 2015 for a 19-seat ACJ320neo aircraft. Delivery of the aircraft is expected in the fourth quarter of 2018.

The business unit also arranged to supply six aircraft with Melody cabin in December 2016. The first ACJ320neo aircraft with newly designed melody cabin should be delivered in 2018.

Comlux Aviation Group ordered three aircraft in February 2016.

ACJ320neo jet design and features

ACJ320neo is based on Airbus commercial variant A320neo. The aircraft will include a 2.4m-tall wingtip Sharklets that will save fuel by reducing drag and improving take-off and landing performance.

Sharklets will reduce fuel burn by 4%, which corresponds to an annual reduction of 900t of CO2 emissions per aircraft.

The aircraft will feature increased protection of fly-by-wire controls, category 3B automatic landing and runway overrun prevention, and onboard airport navigation systems.

It has an overall length of 37.57m, height of 11.76m and wingspan of 35.8m.

ACJ320neo jet cabin details

The aircraft's cabin is 27.74m in length, has a width of 3.7m and a height of 2.25m. The gross floor area of the cabin will be 97m².

ACJ320neo's cabin will be a 14m² bigger than the ACJ319 and will accommodate up to eight passengers. It will feature harmonious curves, designed for a quiet and comfortable environment, as well as a homely kitchen, lounge, and a 65-inch curved television screen on the forward section of the aircraft.

The aircraft will have a lower cabin altitude of more than 6,400ft.

"The Sharklets will reduce fuel burn by 4%, which corresponds to an annual reduction of 900t of CO2 emissions per aircraft."

The wide cabin will feature a private master bathroom with a separate lavatory, shower and washbasin. It will also have a spacious bedroom with a large double-bed and a sofa, and a conference and dining area in the main lounge, which can fit up to six passengers in.

Entertainment facilities in the cabin will include a modern home-cinema with a large-screen television, featuring loudspeakers in the ceilings for the best acoustics, and wi-fi.

The aircraft will contain weight-saving carbon-fibre in tables and cabinets and will include improved baggage space of 650ft³ to accommodate up to 138 large suitcases.

Engine and performance details of ACJ320neo Jet

ACJ320neo can be powered by two new engine choices, including Pratt & Whitney's PurePower PW1100G-JM-geared turbofan and CFM International's LEAP-1A engine. The engine will have thrust between 98kN and 120kN.

The aircraft has a maximum fuel capacity of 34,350l and can be outfitted with four additional centre or belly tanks. It will also have a maximum operating speed of M0.82, maximum a-range of 11,500km and service ceiling of 12,500m.

ACJ320neo requires 2,100m for take-off and 1,500m for landing. It will have a ramp weight of 78.4t and zero-fuel weight of 64.3t. It will have a maximum take-off weight of 79t, maximum landing weight of 67.4t and a wheelbase of 12.64m.