any turbofan engine in the world. Te Pratt engines
also halve the noise footprint and reduce emissions.
Te -100 and -300 have more than 99% parts commonality and have the same pilot-type rating.
Extensive use of advanced aluminum in the fuselage—along with advanced composites in the wings,
empennage and rear fuselage—reduces weight and increases corrosion resistance, resulting in better efficiency and maintainability. Tese materials make up more
than 40% of the aircraft’s primary structure, delivering
weight savings for reduced fuel burn, with an accompanying reduction of CO2 and NOx emissions.
With a range of up to 3,200 nm ( 5,920 km), the
A220 offers the performance of larger single-aisle aircraft. Its configurable cabin provides two flex zones,
allowing operators to benefit from fully customizable
modular cabin elements, including stowage areas and
partitions, based on their specific needs.
With an order book of more than 500 aircraft, the
A220 is dominating its market sector. Along with Delta, four other North American operators have selected
the aircraft, including New York-based JetBlue Airways
and David Neeleman’s planned startup, dubbed Moxy.
Te variety of North American operators suggests the A220’s much-touted versatility will be tested.
Delta is using its initial aircraft to replace large re-
gional jets on premium routes. It has identified four
routes that are designed to become all-A220 servic-
es: New York LaGuardia (LGA)-Dallas Fort Worth
(DFW), LGA-Houston Intercontinental, LGA-Salt
Lake City and New York JFK-DFW. JetBlue may use
the aircraft on thin, transcontinental routes, while
Neeleman has publicly discussed plans to develop new
point-to-point routes, which suggests an emphasis on
serving smaller communities.
“Te A220-300 is the right airplane for a new air-
The A220 sets a new standard in
line that will be focused on passenger service and sat-
isfaction,” Neeleman said. “Te A220’s ability to op-
erate profitably in thin, underserved markets across a
broad spectrum of ranges is unique.”
AirBaltic was the launch customer for the -300, and
CEO Martin Gauss says fuel-burn savings have been
higher than expected, with 22% fuel savings on each
flight sector. Te Latvian carrier is planning to phase
out other aircraft types in its fleet to become an all-