Exterior and interior of Airbus ACJ TwoTwenty business jet

Airbus Corporate Jets launches ACJ TwoTwenty business jet

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Exterior and interior of Airbus ACJ TwoTwenty business jet

Airbus Corporate Jets has launched the ACJ TwoTwenty business jet, heralding in what the manufacturer calls the Xtra Large Bizjet market.

Comlux, with its ACJ-approved completion centre in Indianapolis, has been selected as exclusive partner for the outfitting of the first 15 cabins to the latest addition of the ACJ programme, and will work alongside ACJ’s Head of Creative Design, Sylvain Mariat.

ACJ has won its first orders for the ACJ TwoTwenty totalling six aircraft following its launch. While Comlux has revealed an order for two aircraft, four further jets were ordered by undisclosed customers.

Entry into service of the first ACJ TwoTwenty by Comlux Aviation is targeted for early 2023.

“We are proud to extend the ACJ product Family with the launch of the ACJ TwoTwenty. The aircraft combines intercontinental range, unmatched personal space and comfort for all passengers. This latest technology platform offers unbeatable economics and unrivalled reliability,” said Benoit Defforge, President ACJ. “Based on its compelling market appeal, we see promising demand for this aircraft in the growing business jet market.”

The ACJ TwoTwenty is a clean-sheet design aircraft, based on Airbus’ A220-100, featuring advanced materials and state-of-the-art technologies It will feature a high end VIP cabin interior, supported by a flexible cabin catalogue, from which Comlux has selected the business and guest lounge as well as a private entertainment space and a private suite, including a bathroom. The cabin, which features personal space with 73m²/785 ft² of floor space distributed over six wide VIP living areas, is set to “Reimagine your place in the sky…” and will be equipped with large full lie flat seats, a US-king size bed, a standing rainshower, a humidifying system for well-being on board and, a Wi-Fi system across all the cabin and latest innovations such as electro-chromatic windows and LED lighting..

“We are proud to be the launch customer of the Airbus’ newest family member, the ACJ TwoTwenty and the selected partner to outfit the cabin in our completion center in Indianapolis. We have worked jointly with ACJ and shared our long experience in operating and completing all types of aircraft, to allow the new Bizjet to offer more comfort and the latest cabin innovations available in the industry, “ said Richard Gaona, Executive Chairman & CEO Comlux. “Thanks to the unique combination of intercontinental range, comfort, extra space and second-to-none economics, we are convinced the aircraft will be a winner in the business aviation market.”

Interior of SilverAir BBJ

Silver Air offers unrestricted charter use of Boeing Business Jet

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Interior of SilverAir BBJ

The Silver Air-managed Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) is now available for charter and uniquely without restrictions by the jet’s owner.

Based in West Palm Beach, Florida, the BBJ has an expansive 18-passenger configuration designed for personal and business travel.

Featuring a custom interior and master bedroom with a large bed, shower with exclusive steam feature, conference room, lounge area, and three lavatories, the BBJ is the first private charter with Gogo 2Ku fully worldwide high-speed internet connectivity. All onboard monitors have Apple TV for streaming and Sling TV for live TV. The galley is equipped with wine chiller, two microwaves, oven and De’Longhi coffee/espresso maker.

“BBJs are unique among private aircraft. Executive Liners, or Bizliners, are luxurious, they provide a next level VVIP experience, and the BBJ being managed by Silver Air is special even within this exclusive category. It’s state-of-the art, and the owner hasn’t put any restrictions on when we can charter it,” said Chuck Stumpf, Silver Air’s President of Business Development. “This BBJ offers flyers the ultimate in-flight experience whether you require space for your family or a working office in the sky. It’s more akin to an executive suite in a high-end hotel than a private jet.”

India relaxes restrictions on onboard services

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The Government of India’s Ministry of Civil Aviation has relaxed its guidance on the provision of onboard meal services and in-flight entertainment.
Taken in consideration the concerns of stakeholders, Indian airlines will now be allowed to serve pre-packaged snacks, meals and beverages, depending upon flight time.

In all classes, tray set-up, plates and cutlery will have to be completely disposable with no re-use. In all classes, all hot and cold beverages will be in disposable cans/containers/bottles/glasses. There will be no pouring service and beverages will be served in single-use disposable units.

IFE, where available, can now be switched on, subject to strict compliance including the wipedown of all individual systems, with approved cleaning agents. Cleaning and disinfection is to take place prior to boarding of passengers.

Disposable earphones or cleaned and disinfected headphones are to be provided to passengers at the start of the flight. Each seat has to have its own dedicated IFE which can only be used by the passenger occupying the seat.

All passenger touchpoints will have to be carefully cleaned and disinfected after the flight.

GDC Technics completes head-of-state B777-300ER modification

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GDC Technics has delivered a B777-300ER completed with exterior modifications and a fully customised interior cabin for a confidential head-of-state customer.

The wide-body aircraft was completed under the GDC cabin weight reduction initiative using innovative, lighter weight engineering solutions resulting in overall weight savings for the aircraft. In addition, GDC was able to achieve noise levels below 50 decibels in the VIP areas of the aircraft. Furthermore, the aircraft was customised with a GDC engineered and certified modular lower lobe crew rest compartment that comprises of six sleeping pods with full capabilities for the crew to utilise during longer flights.

The cabin also features in-flight data, connectivity, and passenger comfort capabilities for full range IFE functionality. The exterior modifications includes a full security system, forward- looking, quad, downward zoom, and tail fin cameras, and world-wide connectivity – including a duel satcom system, Ka-band antenna, Iridium system, and satellite TV antenna to provide live, 4K Television.

The aircraft was also equipped with lower lobe fly-away kits that contain all materials necessary for on-site repairs and/or interior improvements during travel. To comply with COVID-19 restrictions, the final certification and approval of the aircraft was facilitated via a live-stream video with the FAA to witness and complete its compliance inspection, resulting in the FAA Issuing an “Achievement Award” to the certification team.

Vistara unveils cabin products for A321neo

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Vistara, a joint venture between TATA group and Singapore Airlines Limited (SIA), has taken took of its first Airbus A321neo aircraft

The aircraft, part of the order of 50 from the Airbus A320 Family signed in 2018, makes Vistara the first airline in South Asia to offer lie-flat beds on a narrowbody aircraft.

The airline also revealed the new cabin products for its A321neo aircraft, a three-class cabin configuration, offering a total of 188 Collins Aerospace seats – 12 in Business Class, 24 in Premium Economy and 152 in Economy.

All feature 4-way adjustable headrests and movable armrests and offer in-seat power/USB Charging Ports. The airline’s Panasonic eX1 In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) system features a content-rich multimedia library that total up to 700 hours of content, available in English, Hindi, Simplified Chinese and Japanese.  A 3D Flight Path Map and flight tracker is also accessible. The aircraft is also equipped with wireless connectivity, which will allow passengers to access the internet through onboard Wi-Fi, 3G mobile data through GSM and GPRS for SMS and MMS services, subject to necessary regulatory approvals.

Vistara’s Business Class seats are upholstered in premium, genuine leather that recline into fully-flat beds. Seat functions are controlled by a control unit. Each seat also features a 16-inch High Definition (HD) touchscreen in-seat TV, video handset to navigate the IFE system and generous stowage space. Additionally, there is a headset hook, cocktail table, reading light and coat hook.

The seats in Premium Economy and Economy cabins are upholstered in high quality, breathable fabric that provide an airy, modern in-flight experience. Premium Economy is in its own cabin towards the front of the aircraft, with each seat featuring a 10-inch seatback monitor (as with Economy), audio jack and recline control.

However, as advised by the Government of India, the use of IFE screens in-flight is currently suspended for health and safety reasons.

Leslie Thng, Chief Executive Officer, Vistara said: “This new addition to our fleet reinforces our long-term commitment to international expansion plans, despite the challenges of the current times. The new cabin products on our A321neo aircraft truly complement our promise of providing a premium and world-class flying experience to travellers from and to India.”

First Praetor 500 conversion unveiled

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Embraer Services & Support has completed the first conversion of a Legacy 450 to a Praetor 500 for an undisclosed customer. The conversion was performed at the Embraer Executive Jets Service Center at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Connecticut.

“Embraer-owned Service Centers are well prepared with parts kits and skilled labor and are ready to bring the most disruptive and technologically advanced midsize business jet ever made, the Praetor 500, to our existing Legacy 450 customers, with the company’s primary vision of delivering the ultimate customer experience,” said Johann Bordais, President & CEO, Embraer Service & Support.

The conversion was made possible by the expertise of structures and avionics specialists, A&P mechanics, logistics teams, and engineers from Embraer operations around the globe.

The cabins of the Praetor jets include a six-foot-tall, flat-floor cabin, with stone flooring, and a vacuum service lavatory. The class-exclusive turbulence reduction capability and 5,800-foot cabin altitude, complemented by a whisper-silent cabin. The largest baggage compartment in the class is complemented by a generous wardrobe and a full vanity in the rear private lavatory.

There is also an industry-exclusive Upper Tech Panel that displays flight information and offers cabin management features also available on personal devices through Honeywell Ovation Select. High-capacity, ultra-high-speed connectivity for all aboard is available through Viasat’s Ka-band, with speeds of up to 16 Mbps and video streaming capability, another industry-exclusive in midsize jets.



Aerkomm to cooperate with Telesat

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Aerkomm’s wholly owned subsidiary, Aircom Pacific has entered into a cooperation agreement with Telesat Leo to develop technical and commercial activities around Telesat’s Low-Earth-Orbit (LEO) Network.

The two parties’ technical collaboration includes testing network performance, leveraging Telesat’s Phase 1 LEO satellite which has been in polar orbit since 2018, ensuring compatibility with existing Aircom solutions and future user terminal solutions, and end-to-end implementation within regulatory guidelines. Commercial collaboration will include optimising business and operating models, joint presentations and information sessions with key customers and partners, and exploring a long-term joint development plan.

Louis Giordimaina, CEO of Aerkomm, commented, “Our research leads us to believe that a hybrid geostationary/low-earth-orbit solution will have the ability to provide such capacity, and Telesat’s LEO Network, a multi-terabit, high-throughput, low-latency open network infrastructure, is a fitting complement to our existing geostationary solution.”

Global 5500 enters service

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Bombardier’s long-range Global 5500 business jet has entered into service following delivery to an undisclosed customer.

“This spacious and efficient aircraft is the ultimate business tool, with the range and access to safely take our customers where they need to be,” said David Coleal, President, Bombardier Aviation. “The first Global 5500 aircraft delivery is of particular significance for our employees in Wichita, who recently took on the meticulous work of interior completions for the Global 5000 and Global 5500 aircraft.”

The new Global 5500 business jet features Bombardier’s patented Nuage seat, the first new seating architecture in business aviation in 30 years, a 4K-enabled cabin offering the fastest in-flight connectivity, and an intuitive cabin management system that delivers an ultra-high-definition entertainment experience, from Collins Aerospace.

The Global 5500 business jet is also equipped with Bombardier Pũr Air, a sophisticated air purification system available exclusively on Global aircraft. The system’s advanced HEPA filter captures up to 99.99% of allergens, bacteria and viruses, and completely replaces the cabin air with 100% fresh air in as little as one-and-a-half minutes.



Alaska Airlines adds E175 to regional fleet

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Airlines Airlines has added to its mix of aircraft as it looks unlock more markets.

Regional partner Horizon Air will operate an Embraer 175, from October serving select markets in Alaska.

“Alaskans who have flown the E175 jet in the Lower 48 have frequently asked when they might see the plane in the state, and we’re thrilled the time has come,” said Marilyn Romano, Regional Vice President. “This jet gives us the flexibility to increase daily frequency between Anchorage and Fairbanks up to seven times a day, and to provide year-round service to King Salmon and Dillingham. In time, the new mix of aircraft will unlock other markets in the state for future service.”

With no middle seats, the regional jet is configured with 12 seats in first class, 12 in premium class and 52 in the main cabin. Onboard amenities include Wi-Fi access, and Alaska Beyond Entertainment, which includes free movies and TV shows direct to customer devices and power outlets in first class.

“This has been an especially challenging time for Alaskans with the pandemic and reduction of air service hitting residents hard,” said Romano. “We’ve served the unique needs of the Great Land for 88 years and introducing a new aircraft to our in-state fleet supports additional flying and keeps Alaskans connected within the state and beyond.”

FAI completes Project Pearl Global Express refurbishment

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Germany-based MRO, FAI Technik GmbH, part of the FAI Aviation Group, has completed one of the most extensive refurbishment projects for a pre-owned Bombardier Global Express.

Project Pearl took approximately 10,000 manhours to complete and includes 15/30/60, 120 and 240-month inspections.

The Global features an all-new cabin with the latest cabin management and entertainment systems. This includes Collins Aerospace‘s Venue enabling passengers to watch HD movies and listen to enhanced digital audio throughout the cabin and Honeywell´s Ka-Band broadband technology.

The aircraft’s custom interior was designed by FAI’s design partner, award-winning German design specialist, Tim Callies, well known for his work on Boeing BBJ’s, Airbus ACJ’s and Global Express business jets.

The luxury interior features VIP seating for 12 passengers which includes two tone grey leather seating and two three-seat sofas covered in anthracite Armani fabric. The interior also features stylish heated grey-white marble stone flooring in the galley and VIP toilet areas which matches the granite countertops of the galley and bathroom. Galley appliances include a wine cooler, coffee maker and oven.

The interior is complemented by a customised exterior paint scheme, also designed by Callies, took six weeks to complete and features black and white stripes laid out in a unique pattern.

“FAI is proud to present this unique Global Express to the pre-owned Charter-Market. Ultimately, we believe it would appeal to a buyer looking for a striking pre-owned aircraft. I applaud Tim Callies for the first-class design work and would like to extend my thanks to the FAI Technik team for realising this challenging project,” said Siegfried Axtmann, FAI´s Group Chairman.