ABACE Convention News

ACJ Heralds "year of the neo"

 - April 15, 2018, 10:29 PM
This Airbus ACJ318 from Al Jaber Aviation highlights the latest in single-aisle VVIP outfitting, and the tallest and widest cabin in its class.

Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJ; Chalet12, SD12) is highlighting at ABACE 2018 the “better travel experience” and other benefits its executive airliners provide, illustrated by the VVIP-configured ACJ318 from Al Jaber Aviation on static display here.

“Airbus Corporate Jets give you the freedom to get on with life that is missing in traditional bizjets, whether you want to work, rest or play, and you can take along more colleagues, friends and family, too,” said ACJ president Benoit Defforge, inviting attendees to view the ACJ on display.

Defforge dubbed this “the year of the neo” in allusion to the forthcoming ACJ319neo and the ACJ320neo, scheduled to commence deliveries at the end of this year and in Q2 2019 respectively. Both aircraft incorporate fuel-saving new-generation engines and Sharklet wingtips along with Airbus's latest fly-by-wire flight control technology. Customers for the new ACJs include Acropolis Aviation, K5 Aviation and Comlux.

For customers seeking even more passenger capacity and “nonstop to the world” range, ACJ offers its VIP widebodies including the new ACJ330neo and ACJ350 XWB, both of which have more than 20 hours of endurance. The single-aisle ACJs feature the tallest and widest cabins in class, according to Airbus.

More than 190 ACJs are in service worldwide, according to the company, and some 30 in Asia, with about 20 of those in Greater China.

Airbus can also offer customers corporate-configured helicopters, and it has an H145 on display here along with the ACJ318. “There’s a synergy in being able to offer not only great corporate jets, but great helicopters, too,” Defforge said. “We call it business aviation by Airbus.”

In addition to the onboard experience, Defforge noted customers benefit from Airbus’s global support network, scaled to support more than 8,000 aircraft and 500 customers and operators, in addition to dedicated ACJ Service Centres, three of them in Asia.