ACJ320neo prepares for maiden flight


The first ACJ320neo from Airbus has completed assembly in preparation for its maiden flight which is reported to be conducted in the coming weeks.

The corporate jet has been fitted with CFM International LEAP-1A engines and has been painted in its ACJ corporate livery, which will be repainted as part of its forthcoming completion.

The aircraft is scheduled for outfitting by AMAC in Basel, Switzerland, with a cabin designed by Alberto Pinto. Following completion the aircraft will be delivered to luxury charter specialist Acropolis Aviation.

Like the airliner versions from which it is derived, the ACJ320neo family features new-generation engines and Sharklets, saving around 15% in fuel and delivering greater range. The ACJ320neo can fly 25 passengers 6,000 nautical miles (11,100km) or 13 hours, while the ACJ319neo can fly eight passengers 6,700 nautical miles (12,500km) or 15 hours.

Orders for the ACJ320neo family stand at nine aircraft, comprising three ACJ319neo and six ACJ320neo aircraft.

Acropolis Aviation is based at Farnborough Airport in the UK and has a complementary sales office in Fort Lauderdale, USA. Its current ACJ319 entered charter service in March 2010.

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