Airbus has begun offering customers the ACJ318 Enhanced, a new version of the smallest member of the world’s most modern corporate jet family, which embodies new features and introduces a catalogue of optional extras.
Since its entry into service in 2007, when the Airbus ACJ318 introduced the widest and tallest cabin of any business jet to a broader market, the aircraft has set new standards in comfort, space and freedom of movement.
The Airbus ACJ318 Enhanced capitalises on this early success by introducing new elements as standard – such as a more elegant cabin decor, new seats and high-definition in-flight entertainment – as well as formalising options such as fuel-saving Sharklets, a shower and a cinema lounge.
“We’ve always had a culture of innovation at Airbus,” points out Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers, John Leahy, “and the Airbus ACJ318 Enhanced cabin and efficiency improvements will help us to deliver even more value to customers - as well as giving the aircraft a fresher feel on the inside and a more lively look on the outside.”
New features that are standard on the Airbus ACJ318 Enhanced include domed ceilings and window-shades throughout the cabin, which provide a more comfortable feel and ambiance, new linings allowing a better integration of overhead lights and air supply outlets, and light-emitting diode (LED) illumination throughout.
Others include a wider choice of seats, including a new one with more comfortable curves and a more stylish shape, high-definition (HD) in-flight entertainment with Blu-ray player, state-of-the-art displays and HDMI interfaces for external equipment, and a new passenger information system.
When it comes to options, Airbus ACJ318 Enhanced customers now have a more defined and wider choice. These include Sharklets on the wingtips, which make the aircraft look nicer, as well as saving fuel and extending range, a shower in the ensuite bathroom to allow a fresher arrival, the ability to transform the aft lounge into a cinema, and mood-lighting.
Other options include ipod and ipad interfaces, including for cabin management, wireless local area network (LAN), even greater soundproofing, and a humidifier.
As previously, customers will continue to have a wide choice of colours and fabrics, allowing them to adopt their preferred look and feel for the cabin.
Numerous other detail improvements incorporating the views and suggestions of customers, as well in-service experience, complete the Airbus ACJ318 Enhanced offering.
Airbus corporate jets are derived from the world’s most modern aircraft family. They have won more than 170 orders to date, from companies, individuals and governments, and are flying on every continent, including Antarctica.
Note to Editors
Launched in 2005 as the Airbus A318 Elite, the aircraft features a cabin created by Lufthansa Technik in partnership with Airbus.
Designed to appeal to a broad market, the aircraft’s cabin is crafted to have a feel that is businesslike yet comfortable, an arrangement that is stylish yet practical, and an appearance that is individual yet with widespread appeal.
The Airbus A318 Elite was renamed the ACJ318 in May 2011 to reflect the spirit of innovation and commonality which it shares with the rest of the family, as well as to have a consistent nomenclature throughout.