Airbus has revealed the A220 at a ceremony on July 10 held at its Henri-Ziegler Delivery Centre, near Toulouse.
The A220 Family is the newest addition to the Airbus product line-up and comprises two models, the A220-100 and A220-300, formerly Bombardier Inc.’s C Series (CS100 and CS300).
Complementing the A320 Family, the A220-100 and A220-300 models cover the segment between 100 and 150 seats and offer a comfortable five-abreast cabin. With advanced aerodynamics, CFRP materials, high-bypass engines and fly-by-wire controls, the A220 delivers 20 percent lower fuel burn per seat compared with previous generation aircraft. The type will serve a worldwide market for smaller single-aisle airliners, estimated at around 6,000 such aircraft over the next 20 years. Airbus manufactures, markets and supports A220 aircraft under the recently finalized “C Series Aircraft Limited Partnership” (CSALP) agreement.
The cockpit configuration for Airbus’ A220 jetliners enables pilots to fly its two versions, the A220-100, and its longer-fuselage A220-300 variant, with the same type rating, facilitating the family’s addition to an airline’s fleet.