The first Airbus A220-100 Delta Air Lines was delivered (Photo / Video)
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Delta is the first airline in the United States with this type of aircraft in the fleet and 4 globally. The officials and representatives of Delta Air Lines, Airbus and Bombardier participated in the delivery ceremony.
The delivery ceremony took place in Mirabel, Quebec, Canada, the home of Bombardier. We remind you that, this summer, Airbus took over the majority of the Bombardier CS Series project. So, CS100 and CS300 became A220-100 and A220-300.
Airbus A220-100 Delta Air Lines
The Airbus A220-100 model fits the Delta modernization plan. The American carrier wants to replace a number of old aircraft with the modern A220-100, which is configured in 3 classes: 15 seats in Business Class, 18 seats in Premium Economy and 82 seats in Economy Class.
The first flights with Airbus A220-100 Delta Air Lines are scheduled for the beginning of 2019. It will fly from New York (La Guardia) to Boston and to Dallas on 31 January 2019.
Currently, the aircraft will be allocated to the Atlanta base, where Delta employees will perform additional upgrading work, as well as the first tests for cabin crew training.
A220-100 offers the best operating / passenger cost in its category. Thanks to the new state-of-the-art PW1500G (Pratt & Whitney) engines, advanced materials and aerodynamics, the A220 consumes up to 20% less fuel compared to previous generations.
Airbus A220-100 holds all the tricks of gaining ground on the 100-150 aircraft segment, the estimated 7000 aircraft market in the next 20 years. Currently, the A220 program has collected orders for 400 aircraft, of which 42 has been delivered by units to: Air Baltic (12), Swiss International Air Lines (24), Korean Air (5) and Delta Air Lines (1).