Airbus celebrates 100th A220 aircraft
Close to 100 A220s are now in operation with six operators on four continents
By Wings Staff
Airbus on November 28 celebrated the 100th A220 aircraft produced for a customer during a ceremony at the aircraft program’s headquarters in Mirabel, Quebec. The A220 Family is assembled at Airbus’ main final assembly Line in Mirabel and also at a second line in Mobile, Alabama, which began operations in August 2019.
The world’s first A220, formerly called the C Series, was delivered in June 2016 to A220-100 launch operator SWISS.
airBaltic became the A220-300 launch operator when the Latvian airline received delivery of the first ever A220-300 three years ago in November 2016. airBaltic has since then re-ordered A220-300 aircraft twice – bringing its firm order to 50 aircraft to become Europe’s current largest A220 customer. The airline now operates a fleet of 20 A220-300 aircraft.
airBaltic is operating its A220 fleet to various European and Russian destinations, as well as to the Middle East. It currently runs the longest flight on an A220 – a 6.5-hour flight from Riga to Abu Dhabi.
Airbus states the A220 is the only aircraft purpose-built for the 100-150 seat market, leveraging Pratt & Whitney’s latest-generation PW1500G geared turbofan engines. Close to 100 A220s are in operation with six operators on four continents. At the end of October 2019, the aircraft had received 530 firm orders from over 20 customers worldwide.