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JetBlue, the first customer for A220
On 10 July 2018, Airbus unveiled the new A220 family of aircraft. Specifically, Airbus has rebranded the CSeries aircraft family into A220, and JetBlue is the first customer for A220-300, after rebranding.
On July 10, JetBlue became the first customer for A220, the new aircraft entering the Airbus fleet. And now the short story for the new A220 family of aircraft. Airbus has taken over the majority of the CSeries aircraft family developed by Bombardier.
After the transaction was formalized, Airbus decided to rebrand from Cseries to A220. Thus CS100 and CS300 become A220-100 and A220-300.
Immediately after the presentation ceremony of the aircraft family Airbus A220, JetBlue signed a memorandum for 60 A220-300 units. At the same time, the company converted 25 A320neo aircraft to A321neo. The aircraft will be powered by Pratt & Whitney GTF engines.
The first customer for A220
The new A220-100 and A220-300 aircraft complement the current A320neo family of aircraft and are targeted for the 100-150 passenger segment. According to some estimates, 6000 will need such aircraft in the next 20 years.
Airbus manufactures, markets and supports the next generation of A220 aircraft under the recently concluded CSeries Aircraft Limited Partnership (CSALP).
CSeries Aircraft Limited Partnership is an agreement between Airbus, Bombardier and Investment Quebec. It was validated on 1 July 2018. Airbus owns 50,01% of CSeries Aircraft Limited Partnership, while Bombardier owns 34%, and Investment Quebec only 16%. Following the conclusion of the agreement, Airbus rebranded the CSeries aircraft family into A220.