Today at ABACE 2014, Airbus Corporate Jetliner introduced the ACJ319 Elegance, which offers a new modular cabin that still allows customers to choose from many lounge, office, dining and conference configurations. The Elegance is aimed at customers who don’t want to invest the time and effort in making the nearly endless design decisions for a bizliner.
“The ACJ319 Elegance has a fixed front and back. You get a bedroom and a bathroom at the back and at the front you’ve got a galley, two bathrooms and a crew rest area,” a company spokesman told AIN. “Then you, as a customer, choose what you put in the middle.”
Despite the modular approach, plenty of scope remains for customizing the three remaining cabin zones. “You still have a choice of colors and fabrics,” he said. “It’s essentially the layout that is predefined.” The weight and center-of-gravity calculations for the modules have already been done, easing the planning process even more.
Another benefit of the modular interior will be simplifying future upgrades and allowing easy changes by new owners when the jet is sold.
Benoit Defforge, the new head of Airbus Corporate Jets, said the Elegance will carry a price tag about $10 million less than that of the $90 million fully customizable ACJ320.