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

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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.

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