Raising the Roof
If you’ve ever wanted to fly a convertible private jet, now’s your chance thanks to the new Airbus Acjneo Infinito by Pagani
Airbus is being flooded with orders for the latest version of its short to medium-haul single-aisle airliner, the A320neo. And the reason for this is its LEAP-1A engines, by CFM International, which are much quieter and more fuel-efficient than the previous ones. It’s therefore quite logical then that the European aerospace manufacturer also offers these engines on the ACJ, the private jet version of the aircraft. But they’ve added something more – a totally new cabin design, produced in collaboration with the Italian supercar maker Pagani. “In bringing together the best of the supercar and business jet worlds, we enable an elegant and seamless link for customers ofboth, while bringing a fresh approach to cabin design and satisfyingvery demanding standards,” said Benoit Defforge, managing director of Airbus Corporate Jets. The highlight of the Acjneo’s interior is a ‘sky ceiling’ thattakes inspiration from the Pagani’s Huayra’s panoramic roof to afford passengers a live view of the sky above the aircraft. But, as much as it resembles one, it isn’t however a window. Instead, the ’skyceiling’ is a very high-def screen that can also display other images orvideos, should you prefer. Additionally, glass-like valances and partitions are used in the cabin to seperate the cinema, dining and lounge areas. And these partitions can switch from opaque to transparent, or anywhere between, atthe push of a button, providing infinite choices for privacy or interaction among the spaces. Natural soft-leather carpets and curved wooden pathways add to the serenity, while carbonfibre construction inthe furnishings ensures durability. No word yet has been offered on pricing but we wouldn’t expect much change from a 100 million USD cheque.