The first ACJ319neo completed a 16-hour and
10-minute test flight on Friday, setting a new record for the
longest A320 Family flight by an Airbus crew.
The ACJ319neo flew from Toulouse to northern
Greenland and back, in an endurance flight that included a
simulated diversion under 180 min ETOPS rules, for which the A320
airliner family is already certified.
The aircraft is due to be delivered to K5
Aviation of Germany in the coming months, after ACJ319neo flight
trials are completed.
“We want to fly customers to their
destination using the quickest routes, as well as delivering
unsurpassed comfort and service, and it’s impressive to see such
long-range capability at first hand,” said K5 Aviation CEO and
Chief Pilot Erik Scheidt, who participated in the flight.
ACJ319neo is derived from the A320neo airliner family, which
features new engines and wingtip-mounted Sharklets.
modern aircraft family takes the world in its stride with robust
reliability, and corporate jet operators are natural beneficiaries
of this airliner heritage, which also brings comparable operating
costs to traditional business jets,” said ACJ President Benoit Defforge.
K5 Aviation’s ACJ319neo is fitted with five
additional centre tanks (ACTs) in its cargo-hold, and includes
improvements such as a lower cabin altitude for greater passenger