Airbus has opened the ACJ TwoTwenty creative studio at its headquarters in Toulouse, France. Next to the fuselage mockup for each Airbus model in Toulouse, where airlines can select internal configurations and materials, Creative Studio is designed to help buyers finalize the interior for their new ACJ TwoTwenty.
“We are extremely proud to open this unique creative studio for our customers,” said Benoit Deferz, President of Airbus Corporate Jets. “It’s important for them to feel the space and the ultimate comfort it brings. Thanks to the latest technology we offer our customers, a real-time and immersive design experience.”
The development of the creative studio stems from discussions between members of the Airbus Corporate Jets team and customers, as well as the Kamlax Group, the exclusive finishing center for the first 15 ACJ to Twenty20s. These will be done at the Indianapolis, Indiana, facility at Kamalax.
According to Chadie Sade, commercial vice president of Airbus Corporate Jets, as no fully-fledged ACJ TwoTwenty demonstrator is available yet, the company’s customers need a way to visualize the aircraft’s spacious cabin and decide how they want to arrange it. “It’s extremely important,” he said. Although the creative studio will always complement the actual aircraft viewing, he added, “This is a great first step. [demonstrator] The aircraft will be an efficient tool for finalizing the design and selection of options. “
At Airbus’ creative studio, AIN editor-in-chief Matt Thurber has tried out the virtual reality ACJ TwoTwenty interior, where materials, colors and lighting effects can be quickly changed.
Airbus has taken a different approach with the interior design of the ACJ2. While buyers of other ACJ models can customize their aircraft starting from a completely empty interior, Twenty20 buyers start by choosing a configuration for each of the six zones then choose from hundreds of fabric, carpet, wood veneer and metal plated metal finishing options.
The online configurator allows shoppers to click on different furniture layouts for each zone, including the entire kitchen (galley). During their visit to the creative studio, shoppers can see what their layout looks like in a full-size projection of the cabin on the studio floor. After providing a Virtual Reality (VR) headset, the customer will not only be able to see and view the layout in 3D, but will also be able to view and compare the preferences of the content integrated in the VR view, as well as the lighting effects. To help get started, customers can choose one of the three optional cabin designs or a special Cyril Congo version.
“We’ve pre-defined cabin options,” said Sylvain Marriott, head of Airbus Corporate Jets Creative Design. “It was a huge discussion to make things easier for customization [of the cabin]. Creative Studio is an extension of the A220 concept, with plenty of high-resource tools and the latest technology for customers to pick their interiors. Designing such specific projects was very exciting in my life and working at Airbus. The results are very magical. We can go a long way in customization and ultimately do something unique depending on the customer’s tastes. “
“We used to have a fully customized cabin on the ACJ319 and ACJ320,” said Saade. This does not mean that they cannot customize their interior. There are 200 different colors and fabrics that they can choose from. Fine tuning. Customization bulk [with the configurator] The customer then enters the general environment with their own designer or with the help of Sylvain. “
After choosing their interior configuration, ACJ TwoTwenty shoppers select materials and colors as part of their visit to the Airbus Creative Studio in Toulouse, France.
With 786 square feet of floor space, ACJ TwoTwenty offers “twice the space and size of any competing aircraft, according to Airbus, when the jet’s exterior footprint is slightly larger than its ultra-long-range, large-cabin, purpose. Built commercial jet competitors. The creative studio highlights these differences, to show potential buyers how the larger ACJ TwoTwenty cabin compares to its ultra-long-range jet competitors. One of the main differences is that the ACJ’s engines are mounted on the wing, and thus the cabin extends further back, requiring much less space for equipment. A typical business jet with a tail-mounted engine requires a significant amount of space in the rear fuselage for engine-related hardware and components, but this is not the case with jets with wing-mounted engines. On the ACJ TwoTwenty, this feature adds 25 feet to the length of the cabin.
The cabin of the Airbus Jet is 10 feet 8 inches wide and 6 feet 6 inches high. Area 5,210 cu ft. The cabin of the Airbus Twentieth is compared to the largest purpose-built commercial jets, the Dassault Falcon 10X, Bombardier Global 7500, and Gulfstream G700. The 10X’s cabin is 9 feet 1 inch wide and 6 feet 8 inches long. The cabin of the Global 7500 is 8 feet wide and 6 feet 2 inches long. The G700 cabin is 8 feet two inches wide and 6 feet 3 inches long.
At ACJ TwoTwenty Creative Studio, a full-size cabin mockup is fitted with retractable material.
The ACJ TwoTwenty can fly 5,650 nm or 12 hours with eight passengers and a maximum altitude of 41,000 feet. The average cruise speed is Mach 0.78 and the maximum operating speed is Mach 0.82 It is slower than ultra-long-range jets, which provide long-range cruises with a maximum altitude of 51,000 feet, about 0.85 Mach and high-speed cruise Mach 0.90.
Another feature of the creative studio is a mockup of a cabin section fitted with retractable size-comparison blade-like elements that illustrates the differences between ACJ TwoTwenty and the competitors’ cabins. As soon as the blade components are removed, the customer can see how the moving display chairs fit the ACJ TwoTwenty cabin, then extend the blades, compare it to the same seating arrangement and see how it fits the small business jet cabin.
“It’s two to three times the size of other aircraft for the same acquisition price,” Sade said. “On top of that, it comes with 30 percent lower operating costs. The experience you get on the ship is unique, the place is unique. I really believe it’s going to be a game-changer. “
Which helps explain the difference in size between ACJ TwoTwenty’s cabin and the typical modern ultra-long-range business jets.
“It’s an important market for us,” he said. That was one of those kind of customers [traditional ultra-long-range jet] “If I could get the same thing at the same price, two to three times the size of a cabin, with a suitable bedroom and dining table, it’s a no-brainer,” he said. The experience you get on the ship is unique, the place is unique. “
“There is still room for others [competing jets]”But for once we can compete head-on,” said Mariet [with them]”
Compared to larger business jets, the ACJ TwoTwenty’s ground footprint is slightly larger. Overall length 114 feet 9 inches and wings 115 feet 1 inch. The Global 7500, by comparison, is 111 feet long and has a wing of 104 feet. Tail height can be a problem for ACJ buyers, but many commercial jet hangers are designed for sub-30-foot-high aircraft. The tail height of ACJ to Twenty is 36 feet 6 inches.
Although the ACJ TwoTwenty burns more fuel, “it’s cheaper to run,” Sade said, because it costs less to maintain. According to Sade, there are many A220s in airline operations whose parts are low cost and maintenance and training are available at reasonable prices anywhere in the world. ACJ TwoTwenty’s two 24,000-pound-thrust Pratt and Whitney PW1500G engines are rarely designed in such a way that they are ever removed for maintenance. “[Operators] Probably not having to remove an engine, ”he said, given the low number of flight hours that business aircraft typically fly. ACJ TwoTwenty’s low-maintenance maintenance program is also contributing to lower operating costs.
Airbus has already seen five ACJ TwoTwentys commitments this year and a total of 10 orders since the launch of the jet. “We have not seen any slowdown [during the pandemic]”Got the show.