JetBlue's Airbus A220 "Hops" aircraft performed its first test flight.
First Airbus The A220-300 JetBlue Airways completed the first test flight from Mobile Aeroplex in Mobile, Alabama, on December 9th. The aircraft performed the test steps and landed safely at 17:22 local time.
The first of the 70 A220s for JetBlue is scheduled to be delivered to the New York Airline before the end of this year.
The first A220 plane of the American airline started this fall with a new livery, called "Hops", designed by JetBlue itself. The aircraft will be equipped with a modern cabin configured in a single class and will carry passengers on short journeys as part of a larger journey, commonly referred to as "hooping".
The Airbus A220 JetBlue combines flight range and transport capability, bringing flexibility in operational strategy, including the ability to schedule the aircraft on transcontinental flights. The unparalleled economy of the A220 also opens up new possibilities that were not feasible with previous generation aircraft.
JetBlue ordered 70 Airbus A220 aircraft.
JetBlue has increased its order for the A220 to 70 aircraft (at the 2019 Paris Le Bourget airshow), just six months after the announcement of an initial order for 60 aircraft in January 2019.
Benefiting from the latest technologies, the A220 is the quietest, cleanest and most environmentally friendly aircraft in its category. The aircraft has a 50% lower noise footprint and a 25% reduction in fuel / seat consumption compared to previous generation aircraft. In addition, carbon emissions are 50% lower than industry standards, with the A220 being an excellent aircraft for urban operations.
Approximately 130 A220 aircraft are used by 7 operators in Asia, America, Europe and Africa, thus expanding the global footprint of the latest member of the Airbus family.