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PICTURE: Comlux takes delivery of its first ACJ320neo

Switzerland-based Comlux Aviation has taken delivery of its first Airbus ACJ320neo from a February 2016 order for three of the re-engined narrowbodies.

The CFM International Leap-1A-powered aircraft (MSN8638) will now enter cabin outfitting at US sister company Comlux Completion, with the finished VIP airliner scheduled for re-delivery in around 12 months.

"The new ACJ320neo gives us the means to deliver nonstop flights to even more of the world," says Comlux chief executive Richard Gaona.

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The ACJ320neo can fly 25 passengers for 13h, or 6,000nm (11,100km), says Airbus. Comlux's jet will be equipped with "a unique VIP cabin interior" that will use "the most advanced technologies to offer the best comfort and luxury", says Gaona. It joins a fleet of 18 owned and managed business jets.

Airbus has sold 12 of the re-engined VIP airliners to date: seven ACJ320neos, three of the smaller ACJ319neos, and two undisclosed models, which have yet to appear in the airframer's firm order backlog, according to Cirium's Fleets Analyzer.

The first ACJ320neo was delivered in January to UK luxury charter company Acropolis Aviation. The aircraft is now undergoing cabin outfitting at AMAC Aerospace's completion centre in Basel, Switzerland and is scheduled to enter service at the end of the year.

Airbus is planning to deliver the first ACJ319neo to German operator K5 Aviation in May. The charter and management company has appointed Dutch maintenance, repair and overhaul firm Fokker Techniek to outfit the aircraft on behalf of its unnamed owner.

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