Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJ) and world-renowned contemporary artist Cyril Kongo, aka Mr Colorful, have jointly designed a special ACJ cabin – the ACJ TwoTwenty a special cabin edition by Cyril Kongo.
I met with Cyril at the Monaco Yacht Show today. Cyril has a strong pioneering spirit, turning the biz-jet into a flying contemporary art gallery and thus offering a never-done-before novel ambiance. His vibrant and bold designs are set out to challenge the usual business jet serious atmosphere. Hopefully we will see more designs like this on planes in the future.
The entire signature cabin has been envisioned by the ACJ design team to deliver comfort, connectivity and functionality in one space, while Cyril Kongo’s touch brings the cabin design to next level of emotion.
Notably the main lounge, which will be partly hand painted by Cyril Kongo, combining carefully chosen branded textures and fabrics, crafted to kindle the sumptuous comfort, space and luxury of your own private art gallery.
Cyril Kongo and the ACJ design team took full advantage of the ACJ TwoTwenty’s large fuselage, which is at least two times wider than other business jets, allowing for a spaciously crafted table greeting, potentially serving up to eight guests. Comlux will be the exclusive completion partner for the first 15 aircraft.
About ACJ TwoTwenty
The ACJ TwoTwenty is a clean-sheet design aircraft, based on the Airbus A220-100.
The ACJ TwoTwenty will offer 73m2/785 ft2 of floor space, it will also be the only business jet to offer six large VIP living areas for up to 19 passengers.
The ACJ TwoTwenty will have an increased range, enabling the aircraft to fly up to 5,650 nm/10,500 km (over 12 flight hours) directly connecting city pairs like London and Los Angeles, Moscow and Jakarta, Tokyo and Dubai as well as Beijing and Melbourne; this will be a benefit to the entire A220 Programme.
The cost of ACJ TwoTwenty is expected to be around the $70-80 million mark, with standard options; a price that is lower than its competitors, such as Gulfstream and Bombardier.
The ACJ TwoTwenty was launched in late 2020 and has already won orders for six aircraft. Comlux will be the first to take delivery of the ACJ TwoTwenty this winter and the first aircraft will enter into service in early 2023.
About Cyril Kongo
Urban artist above all, Kongo is part of the first generation of French graffiti artists. Committed and revolutionary he was instrumental in defending graffiti as a school of fully-fledged art. Indeed when the painter talks about his discipline he evokes its technical and visual complexity and he describes it as a “savoir-faire”. Calligraphic abstraction, fluid lines and spontaneity allied with a committed and clear purpose made him an unprecedented artist. Cyril Kongo is mastering his urban vocabulary in order to achieve his vision. He is trying to highlight the cultural richness from the ancient techniques throughout his own knowledge.