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Opportunities Emerge for More VIP Airliners

October 12, 2020

The availability of some many commercial aircraft, combined with a lack of appetite and ability to travel on commercial aircraft, means that there could be a rise in the number of aircraft that are selected for conversion to VIP aircraft, particularly as Airbus has already announced a VIP version of the A220-100 which will compete against the Embraer Lineage 1000. The launch of the A220 VIP version – the ACJ TwoTwenty - at such a time points to the perceived demand in this segment of the market. Airbus has launched the Xtra Large Bizjet range, a new class of business and VIP jets. Airbus announced that the ACJ TwoTwenty will also have a flexible cabin catalog that will meet the requirements for business jets in heavy and long-range categories. The manufacturer promised that the cabin will be equipped with a variety of innovations starting from a Wi-Fi system all across the cabin as well as LED lighting and electro-chromatic windows. Airbus stated that the ACJ TwoTwenty will be able to operate distances up to 5,650 nm/10,500 km. The jet will manage to fly over 12 hours while cutting its operating costs by a third. the cost of the TwoTwenty will be $70 million but may cost more depending on the options selected.

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