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SkyMiles members get exclusive tour of Airbus A220-100

Trying to decide how to use those miles? Four lucky SkyMiles Members and their guests’ bids paid off with an exclusive trip to the Airbus manufacturing facility in Mirabel, Quebec last week to check out the newest addition to Delta’s fleet before the global carrier even took delivery of it.

Delta — the first airline in North America to take delivery of the A220 — and Airbus set up a day Members will never forget. As some of the first people to step onboard and preview the new aircraft, this SkyMiles Experience included:

  • A220 flight simulator experience
  • Private tour of the Airbus A220 final assembly line, with guided overview of each stage of assembly
  • Visit to the flight test center, including a behind-the-scenes look at the high-tech laboratory used to test A220 flight systems
  • Sneak peek inside Delta’s first ever A220, complete with a guided tour of the aircraft’s state-of-the-art interior

“You can use yo​ur miles to go a lot of places, but this experience couldn’t be replicated,” said Delta Platinum Medallion Member and SkyMiles Experience winner, Peter S. “From getting a chance to fly the A220 simulator to being one of the first people to see the thoughtful features of the new aircraft, it was an incredible and memorable day.”

As the first North American operator of the A220, Delta is bringing an elevated customer experience to top business routes with features that customers will look forward to every time they fly. 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.

All photos by Delta.

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An inside look at Delta’s new Airbus A220-100

 

Delta Air Lines has issued this inside look at its new Airbus A220-100:

Following the delivery of its first Airbus A220-100 last week, Delta shared a sneak peek of the aircraft’s modern interior with Delta people as the airline celebrated the 10th year anniversary of its merger with Northwest.

“As we look back at our growth over the past 10 years since the Delta-Northwest merger, we reflect on the complementary strengths the two airlines brought to form a combined company that’s well positioned to continue leading the industry in decades to come,” said Gil West, Delta’s Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “In many ways, the A220 represents our continued work to make flying better for everyone and represents the go-forward objectives of our fleet strategy.”

Designed to be experience-rich for customers, Delta’s A220 will bring elements of the international travel experience that customers have enjoyed on widebody aircraft — like Delta’s flagship A350 — to domestic routes for customers to enjoy at home.

Inaugural A220 flights are set to depart on Jan. 31, from Delta’s hub at New York’s LaGuardia airport to its growing operation at Boston Logan International, and from LaGuardia to top business destination Dallas/Ft. Worth.

Highlights of Delta’s A220-100 include:

  • 109 seats total, including seating for 12 in First Class, 15 in Delta Comfort+ and 82 in Main Cabin
  • State-of-the-art interior featuring seat-back screens, 2Ku Wi-Fi and among the widest seats of any narrowbody aircraft
  • Thoughtful innovations like high-capacity overhead bins, extra-large windows and full-spectrum LED ambient lighting

A walkthrough of the cabins:

Main Cabin

Delta’s A220s will feature 18.6″ wide Main Cabin seats — the widest Main Cabin seats in Delta’s fleet — in a two-by-three layout. Each customer will also have personal power ports and complimentary premium entertainment on individual seat-back screens.

A220 Main Cabin

Delta Comfort+

Customers flying in Delta Comfort+ on the A220 can expect thoughtful extras, like more legroom and dedicated overhead bin space, in a customer-preferred two-by-three seat configuration.

 

First Class

In the First Class cabin, customers can look forward to the debut of a new, modern First Class seat design in a two-by-two layout, featuring the largest IFE screens of any Delta domestic First Class seat.

 

Powered by Pratt & Whitney’s latest geared turbofan PW1500G engine, the A220 takes advantage of advanced technology and composite materials designed to deliver an expected 20 percent improvement in fuel efficiency over similar-sized aircraft when it enters service with Delta.

Video:

https://news.delta.com/photos-delta-s-new-a220-interior-modern-elevated-experience-domestic-travelers

Delta Air Lines takes delivery of its first Airbus A220

Airbus today welcomed Delta Air Lines as the first U.S. carrier to take delivery of the Airbus A220 aircraft.  On hand for the delivery ceremony at the aircraft’s assembly line in Mirabel were members of the A220 team as well as government officials and executives from Delta, Airbus, Bombardier and Investissement Quebec.

“It is with great pride that we take delivery of our first, state-of-the-art A220-100,” said Delta Chief Executive Ed Bastian. “We have big plans for our A220 fleet and are confident that Delta customers and Delta people alike will be delighted with the in-flight experience provided by this thoroughly modern and efficient aircraft. We value our longstanding partnerships with Airbus and Bombardier and are grateful for the great design and manufacturing work done by the team here in Mirabel.”

(CNW Group/Airbus)

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.

Guillaume Faury, President of Airbus’ commercial aircraft business, said, “We at Airbus are dedicated to providing our customers the right products for a marketplace that needs modern, efficient and passenger-friendly aircraft – and the remarkable A220 certainly delivers. When a great airline like Delta puts a new aircraft into service as a platform for their outstanding passenger service, the entire industry takes note. The A220 team is gratified by the confidence that the Delta family has placed in this excellent, Canadian-born aircraft.”

The A220-100 delivers unbeatable fuel efficiency. It brings together state-of-the-art aerodynamics, advanced materials and Pratt & Whitney’s latest-generation PW1500G geared turbofan engines to offer at least 20 percent lower fuel burn per seat compared to previous generation aircraft.

With an order book of over 400 aircraft to date, the A220 has all the credentials to win the lion’s share of the 100- to 150-seat aircraft market, estimated to represent at least 7,000 aircraft over the next 20 years.

As of the end of September, Delta was operating a fleet of 235 Airbus aircraft, including 182 A320 Family members, as well as 42 A330s and 11 A350 XWB, or eXtra Wide Body aircraft. The airline has more than 275 additional Airbus aircraft on order. Next year, Delta will become the first U.S. airline to operate the new Airbus A330neo.

Delta issued this statement:

It’s official: Delta Air Lines’ fleet now features the state-of-the-art and experience-rich Airbus A220-100, slated to debut on scheduled flights in January.

At a ceremony in Mirabel, Quebec earlier today, Delta became the first North American operator of the A220, continuing its effort to transform the travel experience for Delta customers.

“The innovation, creativity and remarkable engineering skills that went into the design and production of this aircraft is simply breathtaking,” said Delta CEO Ed Bastian to an audience of Delta, Airbus and Bombardier employees gathered in Mirabel. “The A220 will serve as the cornerstone of our future domestic growth.”

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 A220 will bring an elevated customer experience to top business routes with features that customers will look forward to every time they fly.

“We at Airbus are dedicated to providing the right products for a marketplace that needs modern, efficient and customer-friendly aircraft — and the remarkable A220 certainly delivers,” said Guillaume Faury, President of Airbus’s commercial aircraft business. “When a great airline like Delta puts a new aircraft into service, the entire industry takes note. The A220 team is gratified by the confidence that the Delta family has placed in this aircraft.”

In addition to a modern interior with a spacious, widebody feel, Delta’s A220 will feature best-in-class fuel performance. Powered by Pratt & Whitney’s latest geared turbofan PW1500G engine, the A220 takes advantage of advanced technology and composite materials designed to deliver an expected 20 percent improvement in fuel efficiency over older, similar-sized aircraft when it enters service with Delta.

Inaugural A220 flights are set to depart on Jan. 31 from Delta’s hub at New York’s LaGuardia Airport to its growing operation at Boston Logan International, and from LaGuardia to top business destination Dallas/Ft. Worth.

Delta’s first A220 rolled out of the paint shop in its signature Delta colors and took its first test flight earlier this month. Today, the aircraft will fly 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.

Delta announces the first Airbus A220-100 routes

Delta Air Lines has made this announcement:

The next era of air travel starts S​aturday with Delta selling top domestic business routes on the new Airbus A220-100 aircraft, a state-of-the-art narrow body jet with all the amenities and luxury of a wide body aircraft.

Inaugural A220 flights are set to depart on January 31, 2019, from Delta’s hub at New York’s LaGuardia Airport to its growing operation at Boston Logan International, and from LaGuardia to top business destination Dallas/Ft. Worth.*

Routes featuring the A220 that will be available for sale October 13 include:​

Market In-Service
New York-LGA to Boston January
New York-LGA to Dallas/Ft. Worth* January
Detroit to Dallas/Ft. Worth** March
New York-LGA to Houston-IAH* April
Salt Lake City to Dallas/Ft. Worth May
Minneapolis/St. Paul to Dallas/Ft. Worth June
Houston-IAH to Detroit & Minneapolis/St. Paul July
Houston-IAH to Salt Lake City* July
New York-JFK to Dallas/Ft. Worth* August

*Denotes route that will eventually be operated fully by A220

**Available for sale Oct. 20

Delta will be the first U.S. airline to take delivery of the A220, formerly known as the “C Series (CS100),” which will feature a modern interior with a spacious, wide body feel, and best-in-class fuel performance.

Delta is upgrading its fleet to replace less-efficient aircraft with highly efficient and state-of-the-art aircraft like the A220 as well as new Boeing 737-900ERs, Airbus A321s, Airbus A350s as well as Airbus A330-900neo and Airbus A321neo.

“This aircraft is the culmination of years of listening to our customers and responding with design innovations that continue to improve Delta’s domestic in-flight experience,” said Tim Mapes, S.V.P.​ and Chief Marketing Officer. “From high-resolution seat-back entertainment screens to the widest Main Cabin seats in our fleet, the A220 will deliver an experience our customers will look forward to every time they fly.”

Delta A220-100 Highlights:

  • 109 seats total, including seating for 12 in First Class, 15 in Delta Comfort+ and 82 in Main Cabin
  • State-of-the-art interior featuring seat-back screens, 2Ku Wi-Fi and among the widest seats of any narrowbody aircraft
  • Thoughtful innovations like high-capacity overhead bins, extra-large windows and full-spectrum LED ambient lighting

Main Cabin

Delta’s A220s will feature 18.6″ wide Main Cabin seats – the widest Main Cabin seats in Delta’s fleet – in a two-by-three layout. Each customer will also have personal power ports and complimentary premium entertainment on individual seat-back screens.

Delta Comfort+

Customers flying in Delta Comfort+ on the A220 can expect thoughtful extras, like more legroom and dedicated overhead bin space, in a customer-preferred two-by-three seat configuration.

First Class

In the First Class cabin, customers can look forward to the debut of a new, modern First Class seat design in a two-by-two layout, featuring the largest IFE screens of any Delta domestic First Class seat.

Powered by Pratt & Whitney’s latest geared turbofan PW1500G engine, the A220 takes advantage of advanced technology and composite materials designed to deliver an expected 20 percent improvement in fuel efficiency over similar-sized aircraft when it enters service with Delta.

The first A220 rolled out of the paint shop in Mirabel last month and is now receiving finishing touches on the assembly line after its first test flight last week. Delta will take delivery of the first aircraft later this month.

All photos by Delta and Bombardier/Airbus.

Delta Air Lines Airbus A220-100 takes to the skies for its first flight

Delta Air Lines` first A220 lands in Mirabel, QuÈbec after completing its maiden flight (CNW Group/Airbus)

Delta Air Lines’ first Airbus A220-100 took off on its first flight from Mirabel Airport, Québec, at 2:02 p.m. local time (below).

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The aircraft was crewed by A220 program test pilots. During successful 3-hour flight, the crew checked the aircraft’s main systems and landed back in Mirabel at 4:57 p.m.

The flight took place a few days after the aircraft rolled out of the paint shop. Next, the aircraft will continue with pre-delivery testing and assembly, as elements of its state-of-the-art interior come together at the A220 assembly line. Delta’s first A220 is scheduled to begin service in early 2019.

Delta Air Lines will be the first U.S. airline to operate the A220 – at the same time becoming the fourth A220 operator, after Swiss International Air Lines, airBaltic, and Korean Air. Delta is the largest A220-100 customer, with a firm order for 75 aircraft.

The A220-100 delivers unbeatable fuel efficiency.  It brings together state-of-the-art aerodynamics, advanced materials and Pratt & Whitney’s latest-generation PW1500G geared turbofan engines to offer at least 20 percent lower fuel burn per seat compared to previous generation aircraft.

With an order book of over 400 aircraft to date, the A220 has all the credentials to win the lion’s share of the 100- to 150-seat aircraft market, estimated to represent at least 7,000 aircraft over the next 20 years.

Delta also issued this statement and photos:

Delta will be the first U.S. airline to take delivery of the A220, which will feature a modern interior with a spacious, widebody feel, and best-in-class fuel performance

A220 first takeoffDelta’s A220-100 took to the air for the first time today, successfully completing a three-hour test flight in Mirabel, Quebec, Canada, after rolling out of the paint shop earlier this month.

Delta will be the first U.S. airline to take delivery of the A220, formerly known as the “C Series,” which will feature a modern interior with a spacious, widebody feel, and best-in-class fuel performance.

Delta is upgrading its domestic fleet to replace less-efficient aircraft with highly efficient and state-of-the-art aircraft like the A220 as well as new Boeing 737-900ERs, Airbus A321s, Airbus A350s as well as Airbus A330-900neo and Airbus A321neo.

Next up for Delta’s first A220 is a trip back to the assembly line where it will undergo pre-delivery testing and installation of its state-of-the-art interior. It is schedule to begin service in early 2019.

Stay tuned to Delta News Hub for updates on the A220’s progress.

A220 First takeoff

Photos: Airbus.

First Look: The first Airbus A220-100 is painted and rolled out for Delta

 

Delta’s first Airbus A220-100 (N101DU) saw the light of day this week after rolling out of the paint shop at the A220 assembly line in Mirabel, Quebec.

Larry Cato, a program manager on Delta’s Fleet Management team, was onsite for the occasion. “There’s nothing like seeing years of planning come together in the shape of a freshly painted aircraft,” Cato said. “It’s a major milestone for the future of our fleet.”

The painting process took nine days, 200 rolls of masking tape and 165 gallons of paint to complete.

For Julie Léveillé, an Airbus supervisor in the Mirabel paint shop, seeing this aircraft in its signature Delta colors is particularly meaningful. “It’s a tremendous feeling of accomplishment to know we just outfitted North America’s first A220 from tail to tip,” Léveillé said. “I’ve been working in the paint shop for 15 years. It can be a challenging job, but seeing the finished product makes it worth it.”

Now that the aircraft is decked out in Delta’s livery, it will move on to final assembly in Mirabel before taking off for its first test flight later this fall.

Delta will be first U.S. airline to take delivery of the A220, formerly known as the “C Series,” which will feature a state-of-the art interior and best-in-class fuel performance.

Delta’s first A220 is scheduled to begin service in early 2019.

Photos: Delta.