Comlux has taken delivery of the first ever Airbus ACJ TwoTwenty at the OEM’s final assembly line facilities in Mirabel, Canada. The all new business jet, powered exclusively by Pratt & Whitney GTF engines, has now landed at Comlux's Indianapolis facility in the USA for VVIP cabin completion.
The aircraft was purchased by Dubai-based FIVE at the Dubai Air Show 2021, and the company selected Comlux Aviation to commercially operate it through an exclusive charter agreement under Comlux's AOC in Malta. The aircraft, registered 9H-FIVE, should enter service in early 2023.
Comlux Completion will engineer, fabricate and integrate the interior of the VIP cabin, which FIVE selected from among the multiple cabin arrangements and options that the ACJ TwoTwenty offers. Comlux engineers have integrated the completion process into 3D modelisation technology, allowing the customer to immerse into the future cabin environment. Beyond aesthetics, the system provides virtual interactive capability and allows the interior to be analysed from an ergonomic, equipment functionality and maintainability standpoint, demonstrating how the aircraft will perform in service.
CEO Daron Dryer says: ”I am delighted to welcome home the first ever ACJ TwoTwenty. Our design and engineering teams have been working on the programme jointly with the ACJ team for more than two years and now she is here. Thanks to the new virtual reality tool we have especially developed for this programme, the completion process will be the most efficient, stringent and reliable we have ever achieved, allowing us to guarantee an entry into service at the beginning of 2023. We could not dream of a better start in the new year.”
Dryer adds: “GTF engines have set new standards for high fuel efficiency, low emissions and low noise. For our customers this will mean an exceptional passenger experience: bigger cabin, longer range and quiet operation, all with the lightest possible environmental footprint.”
“We are excited to bring the fuel efficiency of GTF engines to the Airbus corporate jet market,” says P&W senior vice president of GTF engines Tom Pelland. “GTF engines are the most sustainable powerplants for the ACJ family, with the lowest fuel consumption and carbon emissions. We look forward to serving Comlux and its customers on this new platform.”
The GTF engine is a geared propulsion system, and provides double-digit improvements in fuel and carbon emissions, a 75 per cent reduction in noise footprint and NOx emissions 50 per cent below ICAO CAEP/6 regulation.
The ACJ TwoTwenty combines intercontinental range enabling the aircraft to fly over 12 flight hours, with 73 sqm of floor space per passenger. It features six wide VIP living areas of around 12 sqm each and is at a price point of an ultra long range business jet. The FIVE version has 16 seats, a dining table for eight passengers, a master suite with a king sized bed and shower, electro-chromatic window shades and full LED lighting, a fully equipped kitchen, non-stop streaming high-speed connectivity and two ultra-large 55 inch screens.