Business airline GainJet Aviation took possession of the world’s first Airbus A319neo, an ACJ that landed on December 20 in Switzerland.
The Greek airline’s ACJ319neo, registered VP-CSM, is the first Airbus in its fleet, made up of eleven Boeing, Bombardier, Embraer, and Gulfstream all in VIP configuration. He left Hamburg-Finkenwerder on December 20, 2019, bound for Switzerland. The configuration of the single-aisle is not known, GainJet not having communicated on the subject; it is equipped with LEAP-1A26 engines.
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Airbus had recorded a total of 36 firm orders at the end of November (including 30 unidentified, four in ACJ version and two for the leasing company Aircraft Purchase Fleet) for the A319neo, a model now competing with the A220-300 in the portfolio. from the European manufacturer.
The Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-powered A319neo, which made its first flight last April and has since made 90 sorties for a total of 240 hours, was certified in early December by EASA. This was the last possible configuration for the family of single-engine re-aisles, the A319neo with CFM International LEAP-1A having been certified in December 2018 by EASA and FAA (the A320neo and A321neo are already certified with both engines).
— Tobi (@Tobias_Gudat) December 20, 2019