Airbus Flies First ACJ TwoTwenty

 - December 15, 2021, 10:33 AM
The Airbus ACJ TwoTwenty made its first flight on December 14 from Montreal Mirabel International Airport. Comlux will take delivery of the bizliner in the coming weeks and will install a VIP cabin at its Indianapolis completions facility. (Photo: Airbus Corporate Jets)

The first Airbus ACJ TwoTwenty completed its first flight yesterday from Montreal Mirabel International Airport. Test pilots Christophe Marchand and Adam Mason were at the controls on the 1.5-hour flight, with Romuald Scheling supporting as the flight-test engineer. Airbus Corporate Jets launched the ACJ TwoTwenty in October 2020.

Delivery of the aircraft, a private version of the A220-100 single-aisle airliner, to launch customer Comlux is expected in the coming weeks; it will then be outfitted with a VIP cabin by Comlux Completions in Indianapolis, with service entry scheduled for early 2023. Comlux is Airbus’s exclusive outfitting partner for the first 15 ACJ TwoTwentys.

Airbus is billing the bizliner as “a new value proposition to business aviation buyers” because it offers a 5,650-nm range as well as three times the interior space, the same hangar footprint, and a similar price (about $72 million) as an ultra-long-range business jet. The TwoTwenty also features six living areas, compared with four on the Bombardier Global 7500 and five on the Gulfstream G700.