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The new Airbus A220 is being eyed for use as a private jet. See inside a $91.5 million design with its own cinema suite and master bedroom
  • Three aircraft interior design and completion management companies have joined forces to come up with a cabin concept for an Airbus A220 private jet.
  • The A220 entered commercial service in 2016 with Swiss International Air Lines and has been a success with every airline it flies.
  • It's now being eyed for its potential as a private jet for use by the mega-rich thanks to its low operating costs and a large amount of floor space.
The Airbus A220 revolutionized aviation in 2016 when it made its commercial debut and now, three companies are looking to make it into a private jet for the ultra-wealthy.

Airliners turned private jets are status symbols among the elite who can afford not only the multi-million dollar price tag of the jets but the high associated operating costs. The unique brand of planes often feature amenities not found on smaller jets such as full bedrooms, massive entertainment suites, and onboard showers, offering the equivalent of a penthouse apartment or luxury presidential hotel suite in the sky.

Nearly every commercial jet aircraft in the skies has a private aviation equivalent. Now, it's the Airbus A220's turn.

While the A220 enjoys success flying in the fleets of major airlines like Air Canada, Swiss International Air Lines, and Delta Air Lines, a group of skilled cabin design and completion management companies is revealing its impressive potential as a private jet. The trio – consisting of Kestrel Aviation Management, Camber Aviation Management, and Pierrejean Vision, recently unveiled their ideal A220 private jet cabin concept in June.

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Now, the CEOs of three companies - Kestrel Aviation Management, Camber Aviation Management, and Pierrejean Vision - are teaming up and submitting their design to take the jet into the private aviation realm.



The CEOs of Camber Aviation Management, Kestrel Aviation Management, and Pierrejean Vision. © Camber Aviation Management, Kestrel Aviation Management and Pierrejean Vision 2019

In a private jet configuration, the A220 can be divided into five passenger compartments including a lounge, dining and conference area, media suite, private office, and private suite.



An Airbus A220 private jet concept rendering. © Camber Aviation Management, Kestrel Aviation Management and Pierrejean Vision 2019

In this concept, passengers walk on to the jet and are immediately greeted with the guest lounge, a living area with two sectional sofas.



An Airbus A220 private jet concept rendering. © Camber Aviation Management, Kestrel Aviation Management and Pierrejean Vision 2019

The couches provide a more relaxing flight experience to where passengers can retreat, almost as if in the living room of a family home.



An Airbus A220 private jet concept rendering. © Camber Aviation Management, Kestrel Aviation Management and Pierrejean Vision 2019

In the center of the aircraft over the wings is the conference area, a staple of any large-cabin private jet complete with seating for seven around a large table.



An Airbus A220 private jet concept rendering. © Camber Aviation Management, Kestrel Aviation Management and Pierrejean Vision 2019

During work hours, the area can be used for business meetings and presentations can be given on the high-definition entertainment screen.



An Airbus A220 private jet concept rendering. Camber Aviation Management/Kestrel Aviation Management/Pierrjean Vision

And it can also be used as a dining area during mealtimes.



An Airbus A220 private jet concept rendering. © Camber Aviation Management, Kestrel Aviation Management and Pierrejean Vision 2019

The media center then provides a cinema-like atmosphere with a 75-inch high-definition 4K television complete with a surround sound system to provide an immersive viewing experience.



An Airbus A220 private jet concept rendering. © Camber Aviation Management, Kestrel Aviation Management and Pierrejean Vision 2019

Opposite the screen are theater-style recliners to complete the movie-going experience.



An Airbus A220 private jet concept rendering. © Camber Aviation Management, Kestrel Aviation Management and Pierrejean Vision 2019

Beyond the media suite are the two final private compartments to where the principal flyer can sneak away for privacy and seclusion. It starts with this private office.



An Airbus A220 private jet concept rendering. © Camber Aviation Management, Kestrel Aviation Management and Pierrejean Vision 2019

A true mobile office, the room can accommodate a full desk, high-definition screen, and even a bookshelf.



An Airbus A220 private jet concept rendering. © Camber Aviation Management, Kestrel Aviation Management and Pierrejean Vision 2019

It's also ideal for more intimate meetings as opposed to the conference room setting.



An Airbus A220 private jet concept rendering. Camber Aviation Management/Kestrel Aviation Management/Pierrjean Vision

The final compartment is the master bedroom, large enough for a queen-size bed.



An Airbus A220 private jet concept rendering. © Camber Aviation Management, Kestrel Aviation Management and Pierrejean Vision 2019

The 10-foot, nine-inch width of the cabin gives the designers plenty of room to work with so the room doesn't feel cramped.



An Airbus A220 private jet concept rendering. © Camber Aviation Management, Kestrel Aviation Management and Pierrejean Vision 2019

The bed can also be divided into two single beds if need be.



An Airbus A220 private jet concept rendering. Camber Aviation Management/Kestrel Aviation Management/Pierrjean Vision
 

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Airbus Corporate Jets launches ACJ TwoTwenty business jet



Toulouse, 5 October 2020 - Airbus Corporate Jets has launched the ACJ TwoTwenty business jet, creating a whole new market segment “The Xtra Large Bizjet. ”This offer includes for the first time a flexible cabin catalogue, addressing the requirements of the heavy and long-range business jet categories.
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Airbus delivers first Alabama-made A220 to Delta
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Oct 22, 2020

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — The European aircraft manufacturer Airbus says it has delivered its first Alabama-made A220 passenger aircraft to the Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines.

The A220-300 plane was manufactured in the company's factory near downtown Mobile. It was the first such aircraft assembled in the United States, but there's another North American assembly line in Canada.

Delta is currently the largest A220 customer, with a total of 95 A220 aircraft on order, according to a statement from Airbus.

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Airbus Bets Small Is Beautiful as A220 Chases Post-Covid Sales
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Nov 11, 2020

Airbus SE is seeking to spur demand for its smallest jetliner by pitching the A220 model as a tool for cutting costs and trimming capacity in the post-coronavirus travel market.

The European company, which took control of the former Bombardier Inc. jet in 2018, is also promoting its ability to fulfill multiple roles spanning short hops between cities to longer trips on routes with limited demand, Antonio Da Costa, Airbus’s marketing chief for single-aisle planes, said in an interview.

“We can’t say we’re in a seller’s market, but we do see good prospects,” he said. “The A220 is well placed because it offers low operating costs, a flexible platform for long and short missions, and is building on a good market basis.”

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JetBlue’s first A220 “Hops” to the sky for the first time



 

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The A220 is in with a shot with Southwestern. Southwestern fly what is by far the largest fleet of 737-700s out there and are not impressed with the Max 7 OR seemingly with Boeings focus on an A321 competitor which means the 737-700 will not get a proper new generation replacement until well into the 2030s.


Pros, Much better fuel consumption, Cons, Boeing can sell you 2 MAX 7s for what a single A220-300 would cost.
 

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The A220 is in with a shot with Southwestern. Southwestern fly what is by far the largest fleet of 737-700s out there and are not impressed with the Max 7 OR seemingly with Boeings focus on an A321 competitor which means the 737-700 will not get a proper new generation replacement until well into the 2030s.


Pros, Much better fuel consumption, Cons, Boeing can sell you 2 MAX 7s for what a single A220-300 would cost.
I hope WN will eventually to orders A220-300. The A220 is a comparable aircraft. It is best way to fly. No more 737-MAX7. No need orders 737-MAX7.
 

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Breeze Airways boosts Airbus A220 jet order

Bringing the startup's total order for the jet to 80, the deal would make Breeze the second-biggest customer for the Canadian-designed A220 family after Delta Air Airlines.
 

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Indian Ocean based Air Austral becomes first French A220 operator



 

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The A220 is in with a shot with Southwestern. Southwestern fly what is by far the largest fleet of 737-700s out there and are not impressed with the Max 7 OR seemingly with Boeings focus on an A321 competitor which means the 737-700 will not get a proper new generation replacement until well into the 2030s.


Pros, Much better fuel consumption, Cons, Boeing can sell you 2 MAX 7s for what a single A220-300 would cost.
Where does it mention the 220 costs twice as much as the MAX7?
 

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Correct, as well as its smaller brother the A318. A320's would need to be replaced with A320neo's or the future A220 stretch (A220-500). I would prefer the latter option: having Air France as a launch customer for this variant could give the program a hugely needed confidence boost..
Or A220-700. If they ever build A220-700 in the near future.
 

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Or A220-700. If they ever build A220-700 in the near future.
Meeeehhhhhh. a stretch too far even in theory. I'd see an A220-500 to replace the A318 and A319, especially if Airbus launch an NG A320 to counter a future Boeing new small aircraft family. I would think a new A320 would be larger than the old one and much harder to shrink weight wise.
 

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Yes. Don't make a mini 757-300 please.
Well, if you already didn't know from some of my previous posts, I highly prefer Boeing re-animating the 787-3 again versus some 757 or 767 Plus models.. 🤔
But let's not go there too far, let us keep to the A220 and the possible stretches here. The 787-3 <-> NMA/757/767 Plus discussion we can do here:
 
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