The second ACJ TwoTwenty jet offers 77 interior-design configurations

ACJ TwoTwenty jet in the skies

The second ACJ TwoTwenty jet, with its corporate cabin, looks very different from the first

Then there were two. The second ACJ TwoTwenty was handed over to its new owners at Comlux’s completions centre in Indianapolis, with a custom interior. But the staid, corporate cabin is unlike the first ACJ 220 launched last summer for Five Hotels and Resorts. That jet, designed for hourly charter out of Dubai, had a funkier, nightclub-like design, with colourful overhead lights tying its six zones together in a purple hue.

The six-zone interior has both a forward and main lounge, forward and mid-section toilets, a full galley, and a rear suite. In total, there are 18 passenger seats in the aircraft, including 10 that fold down into recliners for sleeping. The main lounge has tables between two sets of chairs for dining or meetings, with an L-shaped, navy-leather couch at the rear for social events. The forward lounge has six seats, also clad in blue leather, with a patterned grey carpet on the floor. The recliners all have individual controls for audio and other on-board systems. The aircraft is outfitted with a custom KU band system from Panasonic for constant connectivity.

The ACJ220 is designed to fly 12 hours, or a range of 5,650 nautical miles, so Airbus is touting advantages like up to three times more cabin space than a large business jet, with zones measuring 12 sqm each. Of course, the big draw is the ability to personalise the interiors.

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The second ACJ 220 interior has a very low-key, corporate look. Photo by Comlux

“This latest one has slightly more corporate styling, but uses 70 per cent of the design of the first one,” Richard Gaona, chairman and CEO of Comlux, told Robb Report. “You see that, once you understand the concept of the A220.”

Between leather, woods, seating arrangements, and other details, a blank-canvas ACJ 220 has 77 possible interior-design configurations. But it also uses the Airbus A220 commercial airliner as the foundation. The idea is to personalise the interior within a standard architecture, unlike a bespoke cabin that has to be engineered from scratch—which could add months or even years to the completion process.

“We sometimes start talking to clients 14 months before the aircraft reaches us,” says Ashley Moulton, a senior interior designer for Comlux Completion, during a tour last summer of the first ACJ 220 completions in Indianapolis. The second, just-completed interior was “green”—so called because it has a bare, often-green interior that was just getting started.

ACJ 220 nightclub cabin
By contrast, the interior for Five Hotels resembles a nightclub. Photo by Five Hotels & Resorts

This latest ACJ 220 took about eight months to complete, following the 14 months it took to finish the first interior. The process should become more streamlined as it moves forward. Comlux signed an agreement with Airbus to purchase the first 15 ACJ 220s, and four to six should move through the Indianapolis facility starting in 2026. The third ACJ 220 interior should be done by the end of this year, with the fourth arriving in a few days from the Airbus facility in Montreal.

The large hangar in Indianapolis has space for multiple aircraft, both used and new, all receiving new interiors. The cabins of the next two ACJ 220s will be similar to Five Hotels’s ACJ 220.

The Comlux facility is large, with multiple departments, including a design showroom and boardroom for clients. Since everything in the aircraft must be lightweight and fireproof to pass certification, creative solutions are often necessary. For stone countertops, Comlux uses a significantly lighter composite look-alike, while real, razor-thin wood veneers are bonded to acoustic-foam panels. The monuments—galleys, lavatories, and stowage compartments—are finished in workshops, then moved to a mock-up of the plane. The process is as much art as technology.

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The ACJ220’s private suite at the rear of the aircraft includes a shower. Photo by Comlux

This approach to saving time and money on an intercontinental business jet, without compromising quality, has been adopted by ACJ’s competitor, Boeing Business Jets, which announced a similar program recently. It is offering 144 cabin layouts for its 737-7 business jet. “It allows us to offer the jet at a very attractive, fixed price,” said BBJ president Joe Benson.

With 15 aircraft sold, the ACJ 220’s semi-custom business model has proven itself, while making Airbus a viable alternative to ultra-long-range offerings from business-jet makers like Gulfstream, Bombardier, and Dassault.

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This story was first published on Robb Report USA