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Delta Air Lines books order for additional five Airbus A220 aircraft

Delta Air Lines has ordered five additional A220-100 aircraft, bringing to 95 the total number of orders placed, including both the A220-100s and A220-300s. The airline is the first to select the new increased maximum takeoff weight option for its entire fleet from 2020.

Airbus announced in May that it would increase the maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) for the A220 by 2,268 kg (2.3 metric tonnes). The new MTOW will increase the respective maximum range capabilities by 450nm to 3,400 nm for the A220-100 and 3,350nm for the A220-300.

Delta was the U.S. launch customer for the A220, placing an initial order for 75 aircraft in 2016 and booking an additional 15 in December 2018. With this latest order, Delta’s orders total 45 A220-100s and 50 A220-300s.

Delta’s A220-100s are produced in Mirabel, Québec, while the A220-300s will be built at a new U.S. assembly plant now under construction in Mobile, Alabama adjacent to the existing Airbus A320 assembly facility.

In a separate arrangement, Airbus and Delta have signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding for Delta TechOps to provide A220 component repair and material services for Airbus’ A220 Flight Hour Services maintenance-by-the-hour program. This strategic partnership will allow Airbus to further enhance its successful Flight Hour Services (FHS) program for A220 customers by building on Delta TechOps’ proven component repair and management capabilities and Airbus’ expertise in maintenance engineering, inventory management, and innovative services solutions.

Image: Airbus.


Airbus celebrates delivery of its 12,000th aircraft – an A220-100 to Delta Air Lines

Airbus celebrated the delivery of its 12,000th aircraft ever in its 50-year history. The aircraft was an A220-100, assembled in Mirabel, Canada and handed over to U.S.-based Delta Air Lines.

The aircraft is the 12th A220 delivered to date to Delta Air Lines since the carrier received its first A220 in October 2018. The A220 started scheduled service with Delta in February 2019. Delta is the first U.S. airline to operate the A220 and is the largest A220 customer, with a firm order for 90 aircraft.

This milestone delivery of a Canadian-made Airbus aircraft to a U.S.-based airline highlights the growing presence of Airbus in North America. Since Airbus’ leadership of the A220 program became effective on July 1, 2018, ground was broken in January this year in Mobile, Alabama for the construction of a second A220 final assembly line, set to start deliveries to U.S. customers in 2020.

Airbus delivered its first aircraft, an A300B2 to Air France, back in 1974. Fast forward to 2010, Airbus handed over its 6,000th aircraft, 36 years after its first. The pace continued to accelerate, taking Airbus just nine years to double that number, reaching 12,000th Airbus aircraft delivery on May 20, 2019.

Airbus' 12,000th aircraft, delivered May 20, 2019

Above Copyright Photo: Delta Air Lines Airbus A220-100 (CS100 BD-500-1A10) N113DQ (msn 50032) YMX (Gilbert Hechema). Image: 946573.

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Airbus announces major performance improvement to its latest single-aisle aircraft – the A220 Family

Airbus has announced that the A220 Family aircraft, the newest addition to its single-aisle portfolio, will now be offering increased range starting from the second half of 2020.

The A220 aircraft maximum take-off weight (MTOW*) is now confirmed to increase by 2,268 kg (2.3 metric tons). The new MTOW will increase the respective maximum range capabilities to 3,350 nm for the A220-300 and 3,400 nm for the A220-100, some 450 nm more than currently advertised.

This performance increase is achieved by taking credit of existing structural and systems margins as well as existing fuel volume capacity. This will allow airlines to tap into new routes that were not possible before, connecting key cities in Western Europe with the Middle East or from Southeast Asia to Australia.

The A220 has been purpose built for 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% lower fuel burn per seat compared to previous generation aircraft.

With an order book of over 530 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 7,000 aircraft over the next 20 years.

The current basic MTOW is at 60.8 tons for the A220-100 and 67.6 tons for the A220-300. With the new MTOW increase of 2.3 tons, the respective aircraft’s MTOW will be brought up at 63.1 tons for the A220-100 and 69.9 tons for the A220-300.

Image: Airbus.

Delta inaugurates Airbus A220 service this morning

Delta Air Lines, Airbus and United Technologies Corporation this morning (February 7) celebrated the entry into service (EIS) of the airline’s first Airbus A220 aircraft powered by Pratt & Whitney GTF™ engines. The momentous occasion makes Delta the first A220 operator in North America. The event was commemorated with a gate celebration at LaGuardia Airport in New York.

In April 2016, Delta announced its order of 75 firm Airbus A220 aircraft with options for up to 50 additional aircraft powered by Pratt & Whitney GTF engines.

In January, Delta added 15 firm aircraft, increasing its total firm order to 90 A220 aircraft.

Delta also announced selection of the GTF engine to power its order of 100 firm A321neo aircraft in December 2017 with options for up to 100 additional aircraft. Additionally, Delta TechOps joined Pratt & Whitney’s growing MRO network which supports the GTF engine fleet and Pratt & Whitney customers worldwide.

The A220, exclusively powered by the GTF engine, offers double-digit improvement in operating costs compared to current generation aircraft. It’s 20% more fuel efficient and provides a 75% reduction in noise footprint and NOx emissions 50% below the ICAO CAEP 6 regulation.

Later Delta made this announcement:


Delta’s Airbus A220 has made its official debut — a moment years in the making for customers and employees across the airline.

In the early hours this morning, Delta flight 744 pushed back from the gate at New York’s LaGuardia Airport carrying customers for the first time on board Delta’s newest narrow body jet, the state-of-the-art A220-100.

(Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Delta)

Terminal C was bustling with excitement as customers, employees and aviation enthusiasts gathered to celebrate the first flight’s departure.

(Cooper Neill / Getty Images for Delta)

Likewise, gatehouse festivities were underway this morning in Texas, where customers and employees eagerly awaited the morning’s first A220 departure from Dallas/Ft. Worth.

Outfitted with a state-of-the art interior, Delta’s A220 brings elements of international widebody travel to domestic routes for customers to enjoy at home.

Highlights of Delta’s A220 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

Delta’s A220, which takes advantage of advanced technology and composite materials designed to deliver considerable improvements in fuel efficiency, is the latest investment in a fleet modernization program that aims to replace 20 percent of older, less-efficient aircraft by 2020.

Delta took delivery of its first A220 in October 2018, and recently announced an order for 15 additional A220s, extending its order book to 90 total aircraft.

Photo: United Technologies Corporation and Delta.


Delta previews the introduction of the new Airbus A220-100 in three episodes

Delta’s newest narrow body jet, the state-of-the-art Airbus A200-100, is just days away from entering service, with inaugural flights set to depart this Thursday, February 7, from New York’s LaGuardia Airport.

Routes featuring the A220 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

While in many ways the A220 represents the future – from a state-of-the-art interior to superior fuel efficiency – it also represents years of hard work on behalf of Delta employees across the airline.

Above Copyright Photo: Brian Peters.

Behind-the-scenes, a team of Delta employees, in partnership with Airbus, have been working together for months to prepare North America’s first A220 for service. From honing in on the aircraft’s design to proving that flight crews can safely evacuate the aircraft in 15 seconds or less – the to-do list for readying a new aircraft is long, and often unexpected.

Today, Delta is launching the “Best in Class” A220 miniseries to dive into these efforts. In this three-part series, viewers will hear from Delta people across the business who’ve played a critical role in preparing the A220 to join Delta’s fleet, while keeping customers at the forefront in each decision along the way.

In the first episode, “Coming Together,” we begin with Delta employees gearing up to sell A220 tickets for the first time. Follow along as Delta’s very first A220 goes through the assembly line, paint shop, and ultimately touches down in Delta’s hometown of Atlanta.

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.

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.