Social distancing made luxurious on new Airbus A220 bizjet

by AirlineRatings editors
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October 07, 2020
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Social distancing made comfortable. Photo: Airbus

It’s a case of social distancing made luxurious with the launch of a new Airbus business jet based on the successful A220 family.

The ACJ Two Twenty is aimed at the heavy, long-range business jet category and has already attracted six orders.

Airbus says the “clean sheet” Two twenty offers three times more cabin space with a third less operating costs than its competitors by leveraging the efficiencies of the A220-100.

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This includes a 50 percent reduced noise footprint compared to previous generation aircraft and up to 25 percent lower fuel burn.

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No trouble sleeping here. Photo: Airbus

It has an increased range of up to 5,650nm (10,500kms), enabling it to fly more than 12 hours and directly connect city pairs such as London-Los Angeles, Moscow-Jakarta, Tokyo-Dubai and Beijing-Melbourne.

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Space to work. Photo: Airbus

Inside, Airbus is claiming two-times better connectivity than its competitors with a wi-fi system across all cabins as well as innovations such as electro-chromatic windows and LED lighting.

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Existing partner Comlux has been chosen to outfit the first 15 cabins, which see six wide VIP living areas distributed across 785 square feet (73 square metres) of floor space. Comlux is also the launch customer for the plane, with two orders, while the other four aircraft were ordered by undisclosed parties.

The cabin will allow up to 18 passengers to “work, share, dine and relax “ in a variety of layout options.

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“The aircraft combines intercontinental range, unmatched personal space and comfort for all passengers. This latest technology platform offers unbeatable economics and unrivaled reliability, “said ACJ president Benoit Defforge.

“Based on its compelling market appeal, we see promising demand for this aircraft in the growing business jet market.”