Airbus ACJ318: Buyer’s and Investor’s Guide

The Airbus ACJ318 features a larger cabin than any other business jet.

When Airbus launched the Airbus A320 commercial airliner, little did they know that the aircraft would develop into a successful business aircraft and pave the way for a dedicated corporate jet unit.

Today, there are four members of the Airbus A320 family and each one is available as an executive jet – the ACJ318, ACJ319, ACJ320 and ACJ321 and even the ACJ380.

The Airbus ACJ318 is the smallest of the ACJ family and is based on the A318 airframe. Despite this, it is still the largest cabin in the business jet class.

It is capable of 4,200 nautical-mile range and is incredibly spacious as an executive jet – especially when carrying lower numbers of passengers – the cabin can be split into sections for extra privacy.

Airbus ACJ318 cabin

How the main cabin of an Airbus ACJ318 may look.

Two CFM International CFM56-5B9 power to the ACJ318. They each produce 23,300 pounds of thrust and let the aircraft cruise at speeds of over 500 miles per hour.

The Airbus ACJ318 is equipped with avionics manufactured by Northrop Grumman, Thales and Rockwell Collins. It comes with fly-be-wire technology, but pilots have the option of flying the aircraft manually if a total electrical failure occurs.

The aircraft measures 70 ft from front to back. It is 12 ft wide and 7 ft high. Seating 18 passengers comfortably, the aircraft could be used as a corporate shuttle, ferrying over 50 employees and even with that number, it would still feel very spacious inside.

Airbus has launched a new version, the ACJ318 Enhanced at the 2012 NBAA convention in Orlando. The new varient will have extra features and new interior options.

The broker’s view

“If cost is no object, the ACJ318 is certainly one classy way to travel.”
Rene Banglesdorf, CEO, Charlie Bravo Aviation

Hard facts

Range: 4,836 miles/7,800 kms/4,200 nautical miles
Typical passengers: 8 – 18 (typical business) but can carry 107 (airliner)
Typical crew: 

Cabin space: 5,300 ft3 /150 m3
Maximum speed: 541 mph/870 kmph/mach 0.82
Recommended cruise: 528 mph/850 kmph/mach 0.80
Competitor aircraft: ACJ319, ACJ320, ACJ321, BBJ, BBJ2, BBJ3, Embraer Lineage 1000
How much does a new ACJ318 cost? $68m
Hourly operating cost:
First delivery: 2005
World fleet: 18
Fractional operators include: N/A
Aircraft manufacturer:

Engine manufacturer: CFM or Pratt & Whitney Canada
Engine type (number): CFM56-5B9/P or PW6124


Terry Spruce
By Terry Spruce August 23, 2010 21:30

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