First ACJ320neo Enters Final Assembly

(Photo: Airbus)
(Photo: Airbus)

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

The aircraft 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.

The ACJ320neo can fly 25 passengers 6,000nm (11,100km) or 13 hours – enabling routes such as London to Beijing or Cape Town and Moscow to Los Angeles – while the ACJ319neo can fly eight passengers 6,700nm (12,500km) or 15 hours.   It differes from the airliner variants in that its cargo-hold is reinforced to carry additional centre tanks (ACTs) for intercontinental range, has built-in airstairs for airport autonomy, and a lower cabin-altitude for passenger comfort.

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