Larger cabins, more comfort are the key focus of Airbus’ new ACJ319 Private Jets featured at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) show in Orlando this year.
For business passengers traveling on their own private jets, or on VVIP chartered services operated by Tyrolean Jet Services, flying couldn’t be better. The maker of the largest commercial aircraft in the world has brought its love for large to the ACJ319, offering the widest and tallest cabin of any business jet. Airbus indicates this meets the needs of these discriminating passengers, who want more room to work, rest and move around.
The new ACJ319 cabin on Tyrolean Jet Services features lounge areas at the front, a bedroom with ensuite bathroom and shower in the middle, and business-class seating in the rear. It is certificated to carry up to 19 passengers.
“More space in the cabin is desirable for many reasons other than the greater comfort and freedom of movement that it brings,” explains Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers, John Leahy. “The larger cabin volume and floor-area of Airbus corporate jets means you can take more people with you when you travel, be more productive along the way, and carry more baggage.”
Airbus indicates that it based its decision to go large on the jets on its ACJ Billionaire Study, which highlighted the wish of high net-worth individuals to travel with those who “look after them at work and at home.”
Airbus’ ACJ318, ACJ319, ACJ320 and ACJ321 fit the same ramp space as traditional business jets, but the cabins are almost twice as large, leaving plenty of room for passengers to socialize and move easily around the cabin.
Airbus corporate jets also tout improved features over traditional business jets, including extra baggage-space, Category 3B auto land for pilots, and mechanic-friendly engine and systems access.
Airbus’ ACJ318, ACJ319, ACJ320 and ACJ321 are also popular with airlines adding jet services, which have now ordered more than 11,000 units from the manufacturer.
Passengers who fly on regularly scheduled commercial aircraft can take comfort that the VIP market often inspires innovations in seating and other cabin comfort features to commercial airplanes.
Some of the unique passenger experience enhancements introduced on the Boeing Dreamliners and Airbus’ A350XWB have their roots in the VIP market; as do many commercial Business and First Class Cabins. Those traveling Economy may not perceive any benefits in their seats, but In-Flight Wi-Fi and telephony, advanced environmental controls, and larger, self-dimming windows all have roots in the VIP jet market.
With the same suppliers working on defence, VIP, and commercial airlines programs at the same time, all the technology and design improvements ultimately cross-over.
Featured Image: ACJ319 Lounge on Tyrolean Jet Services/Airbus