The Airbus A220: The best thing that never happened to Bombardier

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LONDON – Bombardier will never ever get to enjoy what Airbus is going through right now, having a world-leading, game-changer regional aircraft that is gaining global traction and fame. 

The game-changing regional aircraft have carried at least 60 million travelers and have flown more than 700 routes with over 760 orders in the order books.

The European aircraft manufacturer celebrates this week the 220th A220 delivery after six years of its introduction with Swiss Air. Bombardier has to be more appraised on this achievement.

This impressive growth signifies how impressive the aircraft is in the small single-aisle market. 

Jetblue is the lucky customer who has taken delivery of the 220th Airbus A220- which is the A220-300. JetBlue airlines have the largest backlog order of 100 A220s.

The U.S airline already has 10 aircraft in service. The delivery of the 220th A220 is a significant milestone for European manufacture, and it is one of the most successful single-aisle families that aircraft has ever sold. 

No one anticipated that six years later, the aircraft built by Bombardier would be managed and marketed by Airbus, and also become one of the world-leading regional aircraft with unbeatable performance and fuel conception efficiency.

The aircraft is being championed by both mainline and regional carriers, including AirBaltic to Air France. The aircraft can perform at absolute efficiency even from extreme short flights to 30 minutes to as far as 7 hours.

The aircraft has 25% less fuel burn and carbon dioxide emissions. Moreover, the aircraft emits 50% less noise footprint, than any previous regional aircraft in this range. 

The A220 aircraft is one of the most loved aircraft for both customers and airliners, on every continent. In North America, the aircraft is being used on regional routes and from point-to-point destinations.

Not long ago, a new airline called Breeze Airways found that this particular aircraft was the best fit for them as it offers the best comfort for its passengers, environment, and operational efficiency.

Other mainstream carriers, including the already mentioned Delta Air Lines, Air Canada, and JetBlue, found a sweet spot for the new A220 in their fleet composition.

In Europe, Air Baltic, a Latvian-based airline that has been the world’s first all-A220 operator after COVID, has championed the aircraft, for being very fuel efficient, flexible, and clean.

The A220 is loved by the passengers for its comfort, especially for the configuration 2-3, meaning it’s not really cramped up like other narrow-body aircraft with a 3-3 abreast.  

Today, the order book for the A220 has doubled in size since 2018. This is great news as this aircraft is proven popular for many airlines across the globe.

The A220 has its final assembly line (FAL) in Mirabel, Canada. In addition, to meet the growing demand, Airbus has decided that it will also increase its A220 industrial capacity in its already busy A320 plane in Mobile, Alabama.

The expansion would allow Airbus to keep its customer satisfied with an increase in output capacity to 14 aircraft per month from previously 7.

The doubling of the output is set to keep up with the popularity of the A220.

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