In the age of Covid-19, flying privately could have more advantages than flying commercially, with passengers easily able to stay within their social bubbles onboard.
Which is perhaps why Airbus Corporate Jets welcomed six orders of its latest A220 model on its very first day of sales.
Dubbed the ACJ TwoTwenty Business Jet, the aircraft can fly up to 10,500 kilometres, allowing it to directly connect travellers with major cities such as London and Los Angeles or Tokyo and Dubai.
Inside, the extra-large cabin has 785 square feet of floor space split over six luxury living areas. Up to 18 passengers can easily travel on the jet, with space for working, dining and relaxing. The ACJ TwoTwenty also has the widest seats in the industry, all of which are electronically controlled and equipped with USB sockets. There's a spacious bathroom on deck, too, complete with a standing rainshower.
The jet has advanced soundproofing, a temperature-control system and an integrated cabin humidification system. Cabin air is refreshed every three minutes with one-way air flow.
Comlux Aviation has ordered two of the private jets and plans to have them in the air by early 2023. Another four orders were placed by undisclosed customers.
Interiors can be designed to suit customers' specific needs or wants when it comes to cabin space, layout and finishings.
“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," said Richard Gaona, executive chairman and executive officer at Comlux.
Despite its large interiors, the jet doesn't take up any additional parking space and will be able to take off from the same airports as other business jets. Airbus also say that it could reduce operating costs by a third compared to other long-range private aircraft.