The story of the Airbus A220 is of an aircraft that proved the skeptics wrong. Developed by Bombar- dier as the CSeries, this 100- 150 seat airliner was always a technological star. Designed for efciency and comfort, it features a spacious cabin, upscale 2-3 main cabin seating, large windows and bins, and quiet, fuel-friendly
Pratt & Whitney PW1500G geared turbofan engines.
Early on, the aircraft won orders from industry stan-dard-setting airlines like Lufthansa, Swiss International
Air Lines (SWISS), Korean Air and airBaltic. But the
extent of the market for an aircraft this size was uncertain.
All that changed when, in a landmark announcement, Airbus revealed it would partner with Bombardier to manufacturer, market and support the CSeries.
From July 2018, the aircraft was folded into the Airbus
commercial aircraft lineup with a new name: the A220.
Te two A220 variants—the smaller -100 and larger
-300—have expanded the Airbus single-aisle family to
cover the 100-150 seat segment and respond to a worldwide market demand for smaller single-aisle jetliners.
In January, Airbus began construction of an A220
assembly facility in Mobile, Alabama, adjacent to its US
A320 assembly plant. It is from that facility that the 90
A220s ordered by Delta Air Lines will roll out.
Delta COO Gil West said the A220 “will strategi-
cally enable Delta to refresh our feet, drive further
advances in the customer experience, and serve as an
excellent investment for our customers, employees and
shareowners for Delta into the next decade.”
Te A220 sets a new standard in short-haul fying. It
brings together state-of-the-art aerodynamics, advanced
materials and engines that ofer at least 20% lower fuel
burn per seat compared to previous generation aircraft,
thanks to a bypass ratio of 12: 1—one of the highest of