Delta became the first North American operator of the A220

Airbus A220 Delta Air Lines Photo by Airbus

Airbus welcomed on October 26 Delta Air Lines as the first U.S. carrier to take delivery of the Airbus A220 aircraft.

Delta’s A220 will enter service in early 2019, making Delta the fourth global airline to operate the aircraft previously known as the Bombardier C Series. The C Series Aircraft Limited Partnership (CSALP) welcomed Airbus as lead partner earlier this year, prompting the change of name to the Airbus A220.  Delta is the largest A220-100 customer, with a firm order for 75 aircraft.

Delta’s A220 is the latest investment in a fleet modernization program that aims to replace 20 percent of older, less-efficient aircraft by 2020. 

The aircraft flew from Mirabel to Delta’s hometown of Atlanta, where Delta employees will carry out additional induction work and flight crew training on the A220 in the months ahead to finalize readiness for its first customer flight.

Inaugural A220 flights are set to depart on January 31 from Delta’s hub at New York’s-LaGuardia (LGA) to its growing operation at Boston-Logan (BOS), and from LaGuardia to top business destination Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW).

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