Recently Acropolis Aviation, the UK VVIP charter operator, announced the arrival of G-KELT, its brand-new ACJ320neo. The aircraft touched down at Acropolis’ Farnborough Airport home, the culmination of 13 months’ cabin outfitting by Basle, Switzerland based AMAC Aerospace. Its distinctive, elegant cabin interior was overseen by designer Yves Pickardt from Alberto Pinto. He congratulated the AMAC team, who have “brought our design to life beautifully.”
G-KELT takes long-haul flying to a new level. It brings stylish accommodation for 19 passengers, including a private master bedroom leading to a luxury en-suite bathroom with a rectangular shower, the largest ever to be installed in an Airbus single-aisle aircraft. Cabin space is versatile to suit Acropolis’ diverse clientele, from heads of state to private individuals flying for business or leisure.
There is an emphasis on wellness throughout, reflecting that Acropolis Aviation’s ACJ320neo, the first in a new family for Airbus, is capable of flying over 12 hours. It features a full-sized kitchen galley for food preparation and an induction oven, enabling preparation of fresh quality food, without any fumes or odors. With an average cabin altitude of 6,400 ft to enhance cabin well-being, G-KELT has been fitted with an aircraft cabin air humidifier to ensure clients have a comfortable on-board experience, enabling them to arrive refreshed after an overnight flight.
The very latest technology is provided by Collins Aerospace cabin management system, Venue, along with its inflight entertainment system, Stage, allowing hundreds of movies and TV programs to be viewed on 19 individual iPads and four large TV screens throughout the cabin. Collins is also providing its Viu LED mood interior lighting system, while its moving map display Airshow features on the four large cabin screens. The aircraft is also fitted with superfast wireless Wi-Fi via Ka-Band internet connection.
“We are absolutely delighted with the high quality of workmanship that has gone into the creation of G-KELT since it arrived green in January 2019,” said Acropolis Aviation CEO Jonathan Bousfield. “AMAC Aerospace has created something very special, which will set new standards of comfort and well-being within the VVIP charter market, fully utilising the cabin space.”
“We are thrilled to be starting this new decade with the arrival of G-KELT, which we look forward to showcasing to the industry soon,” he added.
“It is with great pleasure that we have executed this completion project for Acropolis Aviation, one of the world’s leading private aviation operators, commented Bernd Schramm, Group Chief Operating Officer of AMAC Aerospace. This unique mission adds to the excellent reputation that AMAC has earned in the market, which we have continuously demonstrated over the last 20 VIP / 25+ VVIP and refurbishment/modification projects.”
Arrangements are underway with Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJ) to show the aircraft on the static display during EBACE 2020 in Geneva. Fittingly, Acropolis became the first customer for the new family at the show in May 2015.
About Acropolis Aviation
Acropolis Aviation is a leading luxury charter operator based at Farnborough Airport, with a complementary sales office in Fort Lauderdale, USA. Headed by CEO Jonathan Bousfield, the company employs 30 personnel. Its first Airbus ACJ319, G-NOAH, entered service in March 2010 and the company has gained a reputation for excellent service in the high-end charter market. Acropolis holds Wyvern Wingman safety accreditation. www.acropolis-aviation.com
About the ACJ320
The ACJ320 Family currently comprises the ACJ319neo, capable of flying eight passengers 6,750 nm/12,500 km or more than 15 hours, and the ACJ320neo, which can fly up to 25 passengers 6,000 nm/11,100 km. In addition to its new fuel-saving engines and sharklets, ACJ320neo Family aircraft have the widest and tallest cabins of any business jet, without costing more to operate or taking up more ramp space. [www.acj.airbus.com
About AMAC Aerospace Switzerland AG
AMAC Aerospace offers narrow and wide-body VIP Completion and Maintenance to the corporate/private aviation market. The company was founded in 2007 in Basel, Switzerland. Today the company is the largest privately-owned facility in the world and led by Kadri Muhiddin, Executive Chairman/Group CEO, Bernd Schramm, Group COO and Mauro Grossi, Group CFO. Their success attests to the commitment to excellence. With long-term industry engagement, deep industry roots, extensive experience and strong international network, the AMAC team collaborates to exceed the expectations of clients, airworthiness authorities and original equipment manufacturers. [www.amacaerospace.com
About Alberto Pinto
Alberto Pinto is a Paris-based interior architecture, design and luxury decoration agency that has been known worldwide for 45 years and has been run for the past six years by Linda Pinto, sister of the founder Alberto Pinto. The agency excels in all areas - residential, hotels, yachting and private aviation. www.albertopinto.com