Acropolis Aviation announced on the opening day of EBACE the selection of new CFM International LEAP-1A engines to power its new Airbus ACJ320neo aircraft.
“We have experienced many years of ‘happy motoring’ with the CFM powerplant on G- NOAH since service start in 2010 and are confident this engine will deliver the quality, fuel efficiency and environmental benefits we have come to expect from CFM,” CEO Jonathan Bousfield said.
He announced the decision alongside Airbus Corporate Jets President Benoit Defforge and Cedric Goubet, Executive VP of CFM parent company Safran Aircraft Engines, who presented him with a miniature engine model. Together with sharklets, the LEAP-1A is already delivering a 15% improvement in fuel consumption aboard the A320neo airliner family, compared with the current CFM56
Acropolis Aviation is delighted to announce at EBACE in Geneva today that it has selected AMAC Aerospace to bring ‘the vision of cabin designer Alberto Pinto to life’ on its brand new Airbus ACJ320neo. The green delivered aircraft will enter AMAC’s hangar doors in Basel, Switzerland in the fourth quarter of 2018 and will be returned to service to Acropolis Aviation in full VVIP configuration during the fourth quarter of 2019. “It is with great pleasure that we sign this completion contract with Airbus Corporate Jet’s launch customer for the ACJ320neo, one of the world’s leading private aviation operators,” commented Bernd Schramm, Group CCO of AMAC Aerospace.
AMAC Aerospace has been selected as cabin outfitter following an extensive and competitive six-month long tender process. “The quality offered by AMAC is second-to-none. They demonstrated to us they had the skill and creativity to do this better than anyone else,” Jonathan Bousfield, CEO of Acropolis Aviation said, congratulating AMAC Chairman Kadri Muhiddin and his management team on their 10th anniversary year.
Acropolis originally announced its order of the ACJ320neo at EBACE 2015, returning to the show in 2016 to announce the selection of cabin designer, Alberto Pinto.
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Acropolis Aviation is proud to once again partner with Airbus Corporate Jets for the launch of an aircraft which will redefine large cabin corporate jet standards into the 2020s. Building on the success of the current Airbus ACJ320 Family, the ACJ320neo will provide additional range via new high-efficiency engines and the addition of drag-reducing Sharklets. This enhanced range will enable clients to fly non-stop London-Tokyo and London-Los Angeles or London-Sydney with one refuelling stop – all with 19 passengers and a full baggage complement.
Commenting on the launch order during the 2015 European Business Aviation Convention (EBACE 15), John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers, said: “I am delighted and especially proud to announce Acropolis Aviation as the launch customer for the ACJ320neo. It builds on Airbus’ long relationship with one of the world’s leading private aviation operators. We regard G-NOAH, its existing ACJ319, as an outstanding ambassador for Airbus Corporate Jets, and I am confident that the enhanced capabilities of the Airbus ACJ320neo will help to keep Acropolis at the forefront of the global private aviation market for many years to come.”
The all new ACJ320neo will accommodate 19 passengers in a VVIP configuration and be fitted with state-of-the-art in-flight entertainment. The aircraft will have a range of 6,000nm, cabin space of 1,033 square feet, 150 square feet more than in the ACJ319, capacity for 140 bags and will feature a cabin 7dB quieter than the already super quiet ACJ319. In addition, the ACJ320neo will offer a lower cabin altitude, equivalent to an average of less than 6,400 feet, making this the most comfortable Airbus Corporate Jet yet.
Just like our existing ACJ, the aircraft will have 180 minute ETOPS and Cat 3A low-visibility operations approvals. Our pilots and engineers will benefit from crew commonality, enabling a seamless transition from the ACJ319 to the ACJ320neo.
Delivery of the ACJ320neo is planned for the fourth quarter of 2018, with entry into service after cabin completion by early 2020. Acropolis Aviation is committed to providing our discerning clientele with the newest and ultimate big-cabin aircraft well into the next decade.
We promise you – it’ll be worth waiting for.
Acropolis Aviation’s ACJ320neo will offer 19 pax + baggage capability over a 6000nm distance, enabling London – Tokyo and London – Los Angeles non-stop, or London – Sydney with one refuelling stop.