GENEVA, Switzerland — 22 May 2017 — Acropolis Aviation today announced that is has selected CFM International’s advanced LEAP-1A engine to power its new Airbus ACJ320neo aircraft schedule for delivery in fourth quarter of 2018.
Acropolis was the launch customer for this aircraft type and the order was announced in May 2015. Based in Farnborough Airport, U.K., the company currently operates a CFM56-5B-powered Airbus ACJ319 aircraft G-NOAH.
Announcing the decision, CEO of Acropolis Aviation, Jonathan Bousfield said: “We’ve experienced many years of ‘happy motoring’ with the CFM power plant on-board G-NOAH, which we introduced to revenue service in 2010. The engine reliability and worldwide support network has been very important for our long and fruitful relationship with CFM International and in our mind this is the superior engine for our next Airbus. We look forward to benefiting from the increased efficiency the LEAP-1A engine can offer.”
“We have had a great relationship with Acropolis as a CFM56-5B customer and are delighted that they have now chosen to introduce the LEAP-1A engine into their fleet,” said Cédric Goubet, executive vice president of Commercial Engines for CFM parent company Safran Aircraft Engines at today’s event. “Based on what we have seen with the LEAP-1A engines already in service, we are highly confident that this engine will deliver the quality, fuel efficiency, reliability, and environmental benefits that Acropolis has come to expect from CFM. “
The LEAP-1A engine entered commercial service in August 2016 and is providing its 12 operators with a 15 percent improvement in fuel efficiency, with an equivalent reduction in CO2 emissions; and lower noise and NOx emissions. To date, the fleet in service has logged more than 60,000 engine flight cycles and more than 110,000 engine flight hours while maintaining CFM’s industry-leading reliability.
Acropolis’ new Airbus ACJ320neo will have a range of 6,000km/11,100km, which means clients can fly from London to Los Angeles or Tokyo direct and London to Sydney with one refueling stop. With cabin space of 1,033 square feet, 150 square feet more than in the ACJ319, the ACJ320neo will have capacity for 140 bags. It will also have lower average cabin altitude of 6,400 feet for improved passenger comfort.
About Acropolis Aviation
Acropolis Aviation is a leading provider of luxury charter aviation and turnkey aircraft management services. Acropolis is based at TAG Farnborough Airport, the UK’s premier business aviation airport, with a complementary sales office in Fort Lauderdale, USA. Headed by CEO Jonathan Bousfield, the company employs 28 personnel. Its flagship Airbus ACJ319 entered service in March 2010 and has gained a reputation for excellent service in the high-end charter market. Acropolis holds Wyvern Wingman safety accreditation.
Its current ACJ319 G-NOAH is regarded in the industry as the ultimate luxurious charter aircraft. Its cabin, designed by Alberto Pinto, features an open-plan forward lounge, intimate rear lounge, separated by a mid-cabin conference and dining room. The private master bedroom features a king size bed, luxury en-suite bathroom and a large, rectangular shower, the first to be installed in an ACJ. Seating 19 passengers, the aircraft can accommodate up to 13 on fully lie-flat beds.
About CFM International
The LEAP engine is a product of CFM International, a 50/50 joint company between GE and Safran Aircraft Engines. This engine has experienced the fastest order ramp up in commercial aviation history and CFM has received orders and commitments for a total of more than 12,230 LEAP engines across all three models through April 2017. For more information, visit us at www.cfmaeroengines.com or follow us on Twitter @CFM_engines.
From left: Benoit Defforge, president of Airbus Corporate Jets; Jonathan Bousfield, CEO Acropolis Aviation; and Cédric Goubet, executive vice president of Commercial Engines for CFM parent company Safran Aircraft Engines