Airbus ACJ320neo Completes First Flight

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The first ACJ320neo successfully completed a two hour and 40-minute first flight from Hamburg on November 16, marking the start of a short test-programme.

Derived from the A320neo airliner family, some 500 of which are in airline service, the corporate jet version includes features such as extra fuel-tanks in the cargo-hold that will deliver even more intercontinental range, plus greater cabin-pressure for better passenger comfort.

Airbus said these features are being tested before the aircraft is delivered to Acropolis Aviation in the coming months. The aircraft will then undergo cabin outfitting by AMAC in Basle, Switzerland, and be repainted in customer colours.

The ACJ320 Family now comprises the ACJ319neo, flying eight passengers 6,750 nm (12,500km) or more than 15 hours, and the ACJ320neo, flying 25 passengers 6,000 nm (11,100km) or more than 13 hours. Both aircraft feature fuel-saving new-generation engines and Sharklets.