Acropolis Aviation selects CFM LEAP-1A engine for new ACJ320neo

Monday 22nd May 2017

  • ACROPOLIS AVIATION
  • Acropolis selects CFM LEAP-1A engine for new ACJ320neo.

Acropolis Aviation announced at the European Business Aviation Exhibition and Convention (EBACE 2017) that its new Airbus ACJ320neo aircraft will be powered by CFM International's LEAP-1A engines.

The seven-year-old VIP charter operator, based at Farnborough Airport, UK, with a complementary sales office in Florida, USA, became launch customer for the ACJ320neo when it signed an order with Airbus in May 2015, the same month the LEAP-1A engine completed its maiden flight on the new model.  Delivery of the aircraft is scheduled to take place during the fourth quarter of 2018.

Acropolis' flagship ACJ319 G-NOAH, is equipped with CFM56 engines.

Announcing the decision, CEO of Acropolis Aviation, Jonathan Bousfield said: "We've experienced many years of 'happy motoring' with the CFM powerplant on board G-NOAH, which we introduced to revenue service in 2010. Their 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 benefitting 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 chosen to now introduce the LEAP-1A," said C├ędric 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."

Jointly certified by EASA and US FAA, CFM International's LEAP engines are in service with 12 operators around the globe and are already delivering industry-leading reliability. Together with Sharklets, LEAP-1A engines are already delivering a 15% improvement in fuel consumption on the new A320neo airlinerfFamily, compared with aircraft powered by today's CFM56 engines.

Acropolis' new Airbus ACJ320neo will have a range of 6,000nm/11,100km, which means clients can fly from London to Los Angeles or Tokyo direct and London to Sydney with one refuelling stop. With cabin space of 1,033 sq ft, some 150 sq ft more than in the ACJ319, the ACJ320neo will have capacity for 140 bags. It will also have lower average cabin altitude of 6,400 ft for improved passenger comfort.

Other new and improved features of the LEAP-1A engine include fan blades which are manufactured from 3D woven Resin Transfer Molding (RTM) carbon fibre composite, making them lighter - CFM estimates 500lbs lighter per engine - yet increasingly durable.

The LEAP-1A engine entered commercial service with Turkey's scheduled carrier Pegasus Airlines on 2nd August, 2016.

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.

At EBACE 2015 Acropolis Aviation announced it would be launch customer for the Airbus ACJ320neo.

www.acropolis-aviation.com

About CFM International

CFM International is a 50/50 joint company between GE and Safran Aircraft Engines. The LEAP engine has experienced the fastest order ramp up in commercial aviation history and CFM has received orders for a total of more than 12,230 across all three models (LEAP-1A, LEAP 1-B, LEAP-1C) through April 2017.

www.cfmaeroengines.com

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