As we now know the Airbus A220 is making it’s was into Infinite Flight so many people who don’t know the A220 would like to know what it is and how it came into fruition so here is the History of the Airbus (Former Bombardier) A220.
Firstly, we have to know when it all started. The Airbus A220 was originally the Bombardier C Series and was officially launched at the 2008 Farnborough Air Show with a strong 60 aircraft order from Lufthansa. Then testing of the aircraft began in 2013 with the CS100 and then the CS300 in 2015. The first delivery was on 15 July 2016 with Swiss International Airlines. Production in the start was rocky due to constant engine issues with Pratt and Whitney but that was resolved in 2017.
Now that we have come up to 2017 we get onto the start of the Airbus – Bombardier partnership which lead the CS100 and CS300 becoming the A220 family which is what we now know today. Potential for delivery were set higher to 100 aircraft a year but only 33 in 2018 and 48 in 2019. Airbus then started deliveries from its Mobile factory in Alabama which helped push yearly deliveries up.
The A220 had a rough start in America due to Boeing trying every method to block it from eating it’s 717 and 737NG market share but at the end of the day that failed and Airbus gained orders from major US carriers such as JetBlue and Delta and also airlines starting out are wanting to get the A220 such as Breeze Airways
There have been strong interest in the A220-500 a stretched version of the A220 but as of 2021 that is not on the Airbus roadmap. Also it would start to eat a bit of the A320’s market
As of 2021, we have the following airlines operating both the A220-100 and A220-300:
- Air Austral
- Air Manas
- Air Canada
- Air Tanzania
- Korean Air
- Undisclosed Operators
As of 2021 the A220 family has carried 5,600,000 passengers mainly to Amsterdam, Paris, London and Moscow and has completed close to 60,000 flights since 2016.
Sadly in 2020 Bombardier completely pulled out of the A220 selling it’s remaining shares to Airbus for $591 Million giving Airbus 75% ownership of the A220 family with the 25% remaining with Investissement Québec.
The A220 is a great aircraft with a very bright future with many airlines in the regional, short haul and Medium haul market. AirBaltic has a 6 hour flight from Riga to Abu Dhabi! We look forward to seeing what this great and versatile aircraft can do in the coming years.