Airbus launches business jet variant of A220

Image: © Airbus

Airbus Corporate Jets has announced the launch of its latest business jet on Tuesday: The ACJ ‘TwoTwenty’.

In the announcement, Airbus praises the efficiency and comfort of the new type. “Based on its compelling market appeal, we see promising demand for this aircraft in the growing business jet market”, says Benoit Defforge, President of Airbus Corporate Jets. The aircraft manufacturer claims the TwoTwenty offers three times the cabin size of competing business jets, while reducing operating costs by a third.

It has space for eight to 18 passengers, depending on the configuration, and a maximum range of 5,650 nautical miles (10,500km), about the range required to fly from London to Hong Kong. This distance is significantly above the existing Airbus A220-100 that the TwoTwenty is based on, but below many competing business jets. For comparison, the latest and largest aircraft of business jet manufacturer Gulfstream, the G700, offers a range of up to 7,500 nautical miles.

The A220 was formerly known as the Bombardier CS100 until Airbus acquired the Canadian aircraft programme in 2018. Airbus currently builds the A220 family in Mirabel, Canada, and Mobile, Alabama, in the United States.

Inside the cabin of the ACJ TwoTwenty. Image: © Airbus

Indianapolis-based VIP aircraft specialist Comlux has signed an exclusive contract with Airbus to design and outfit the cabin of the first 15 ACJ TwoTwenty jets. Airbus says it has already secured six orders for the type.

With the announcement of the A220-based business jet, Airbus Corporate Jets is now offering a business jet variant of every current Airbus aircraft family. It joins the ACJ320neo, ACJ330neo and ACJ350 XWB families.