Qantas Receives First A220

Render of Qantaslink Airbus A220 in flight.
Image Credit: Qantas

Last week, Australian flag carrier, Qantas, had took delivery of its first Airbus A220 at Airbus’ factory in Montreal, Canada.

This article will cover the details surrounding the delivery of Qantas’ first Airbus A220 aircraft.

Qantas’ First Airbus A220

Photo Credit: Qantas & Airbus

Last week, Qantas Group had received its first Airbus A220 aircraft that is set to operate under their QantasLink division which operates across their domestic and regional Australian destinations.

Becoming the 20th Airbus A220 operator, the aircraft, registered as VH-X4A carrying the Aboriginal artwork livery of Minyma Kutjara Tjukurpa which means “The Two Sisters Creation Story”, is the first of 29 Airbus A220’s that the Qantas Group will receive in the coming years.

This time, the artwork comes from senior Pitjantjatjara artist Maringka Baker, telling the Dreaming story of two sisters navigating remote Australia.

The intricate livery applied to the A220 is a testament to Airbus’s craftsmanship. Over 100 painters, collaborating with Airbus teams, meticulously reproduced the design using 130 stencils, comprising over 20,000 dots.

This is Airbus’s most complex livery for this aircraft type, underscoring the significance of the Flying Art Series.

The carrier’s Airbus A220’s are set to replace QantasLink’s aging current fleet of 12 Boeing 717-200s, currently ranging from anywhere between 17 and 24 years old. Whilst this order also serves as part of the carrier’s growth plans.

Qantas’ Airbus A220s will carry a total of 137 passengers in a two-class configuration, of which 10 of these seats are business class.

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