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airBaltic welcomes its 34th Airbus A220-300

airBaltic has welcomed its 34th Airbus A220-300 (YL-ABH) to its fleet.

This is the second of eight planned Airbus aircraft deliveries in 2022.

JetBlue adds 30 Airbus A220s to its order book, total now 100

JetBlue Airways today announced an agreement to exercise its option to add 30 additional Airbus A220-300 aircraft to its order book, bringing the total number of A220s in the airline’s fleet and on order to 100.

In 2018, JetBlue announced its initial order of 60 A220s and the option for 60 additional aircraft. JetBlue converted 10 of 60 options to firm orders in 2019, and the 30 A220s announced today will enable acceleration of the retirement of JetBlue’s Embraer E190 fleet.

Exceptional Fuel Efficiency & Economics

The A220 offers nearly 30 percent lower direct operating costs per seat compared to the fleet it is replacing, supporting the airline’s focus on keeping costs low. Additionally, the aircraft’s range and seating capacity will add flexibility to JetBlue’s network strategy as it targets growth in its focus cities, including options for transcontinental flying and opening the door to new markets and routes not feasible with the airline’s existing fleet.

The A220 is powered exclusively by Pratt & Whitney GTF engines, which deliver double-digit improvements in fuel and carbon emissions. Optimizing fuel burn is an important first step in JetBlue’s sustainability strategy, and prioritizing fuel-efficient aircraft and engines aligns with JetBlue’s approach to reducing emissions. Earlier this year, JetBlue became the first major U.S. airline to achieve carbon neutrality for all domestic flights, and later announced its plans to achieve net zero carbon emissions across all operations by 2040.

Considerable Comfort

The A220’s spacious and comfortable cabin makes it the perfect fit for JetBlue, which has consistently led U.S. airlines in onboard experience.

The airline’s A220s are outfitted with 140 Collins Meridian seats, customized around customer feedback and featuring a number of design elements with comfort and convenience in mind. Seating is arranged in a two-by-three configuration offering multiple seating options for all party sizes and includes USB-C, USB-A and AC power at every seat. JetBlue – which offers the most legroom in coacha – maximizes the A220’s ultra-modern design to create an elevated customer experience throughout the interior.

Keeping customers connected and entertained is also on display aboard JetBlue’s A220 with Thales AVANT and ViaSat-2 connectivity. With this system, JetBlue offers every customer high-definition screens at every seat and personalized entertainment choices. Additionally, JetBlue is the only U.S. carrier with free high-speed Fly-Fi® on every plane, providing customers with the ability to connect an unlimited number of devices to stream, surf, or chat during the entire flight, from gate to gate. Fly-Fi® connectivity is available in nearly every region that JetBlue fliesb.

Future of the Fleet

JetBlue’s first A220 aircraft arrived in December 2020 and the airline is on track to take delivery of its ninth A220 this month. Nine more are scheduled for delivery in 2022, followed by another 21 in 2023. Ultimately, these A220s will replace the airline’s E190s, with the last E190 exiting in 2026.

JetBlue’s initial order for 60 A220 aircraft was announced in July 2018.

Air Canada unveils Turning Red themed aircraft celebrating Disney and Pixar’s all new film set In Toronto

Air Canada has today unveiled an aircraft with a themed livery and other surprises for its customers in celebration of the highly anticipated release of Disney and Pixar’s Turning Red, an animated film that is set in Toronto and directed by Academy Award™ winner and Canadian Domee Shi.

 

Disney and Pixar’s Turning Red introduces Meilin Lee, a confident, dorky 13-year-old torn between staying her mother’s dutiful daughter and the chaos of adolescence. Her protective, if not slightly overbearing mother, Ming, is never far from her daughter—an unfortunate reality for the teenager. And as if changes to her interests, relationships and body weren’t enough, whenever she gets too excited (which is practically ALWAYS), she “poofs” into a giant red panda! Turning Red will premiere exclusively on Disney+ across Canada on March 11, 2022.

Air Canada will be promoting the film through a themed livery that will fly across the country on a Canadian built Airbus A220. You can watch a video of the characters coming to life on our aircraft here.

The airline is also launching Air Canada’s Contest Celebrating the Release of Disney and Pixar’s Turning Red, offering five prize packages, each featuring a trip for four people to Toronto to attend the Canadian premiere special event of the film on March 8. The contest begins today and runs until February 20 for residents of Canada. To enter the contest, please visit https://www.aircanada.com/ca/en/aco/home/book/special-offers/disneypixar.html.

Starting this month, passengers onboard Air Canada aircraft will enjoy a special Turning Red­video, inspired by the film’s trailer. On select aircraft, passengers can discover director Domee Shi’s favourite places in Toronto by exploring Air Canada’s seatback city guide, and on aircraft destined for Toronto, an animated landscape of the city will be featured on seatback screens as passengers board.

Next month, the March issue of Air Canada enRoute magazine will feature a custom-illustrated cover of Toronto with Meilin Lee as the panda gazing across the city, as well as a feature interview with director Domee Shi.

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Breeze Airways announces its new Airbus A220-300 schedules, first flights from Tampa

Breeze Airways has announced it plans to announce new, longer routes for the airline’s Airbus A220-300 aircraft in the coming weeks but travelers will get their first opportunity to fly on the new aircraft on 17 existing Breeze routes this summer, starting May 4*, as the airline extends its sales booking window through September 6, 2022. Breeze will premiere its new ‘Nicest’ fare and first-class seating, available only on the A220s, with an introductory fare of just $99.

The introductory Nicest fare is not available on all flights and must be purchased by 11:59pm ET on January 25, 2002**.

Breeze will have 15 A220-300s in service by the end of 2022 which will be used primarily for longer-haul flights, including transcontinental service. The carrier, which began service in May 2021 with an all-Embraer fleet, has agreed to purchase 80 A220-300s, with one aircraft scheduled to be delivered each month for the next six and a half years.

Nicest Fare

Until now, Breeze Guests have been able to select from either the ‘Nice’ or ‘Nicer’ fare when booking on the Breeze website or app. When booking a flight on the A220-300, Guests will have a third fare option to select, the ‘Nicest’ fare, which will feature a range of bundled amenities in addition to a first-class seat.

The Nicest fare also includes two checked bags, a carry-on bag and a personal item, and Guests will receive 6% BreezePoints earned. Fresh food items will be introduced later with the longer routes. All A220-300 aircraft will be outfitted later this year with the technology allowing Guests to seamlessly stream TV or movies, check email, browse the internet and stay connected via social media or messaging apps while inflight.

First Class Seat

Breeze’s A220-300 aircraft will feature a dynamic seating plan which can be customized for seasonality, or by route. The A220s will feature a range between 10 and 45 extra legroom seats and 80 standard legroom seats, all in a two-by-three configuration. The aircraft also will be outfitted with between 12 and 36 first class seats in a two-by-two configuration, featuring 39-inches of seat pitch, 20.5-inches of seat width and special features such as a footrest for added comfort. All seats are fitted with in-seat power and USB ports.

First A220 Flights

Breeze has extended its travel booking window through September 6, 2022, revealing on which routes the A220 will operate first. The A220 will not operate every day on each route. To determine which flights are operated by the A220, check to see if there is a “Nicest” fare option, which is only available on the Airbus jet.

The A220 will operate on the following routes:

Tampa, FL to:

– Akron/Canton, OH (starting 5/4/22) ;

– Charleston , SC (starting 5/4/22);

– Louisville, KY (starting 5/4/22);

– Norfolk, VA (starting 5/4/22);

– Oklahoma City, OK (starting 5/4/22);

– Richmond, VA (starting 5/4/22);

– Tulsa, OK (starting 5/5/22);

– Bentonville/Fayetteville, AR (starting 5/6/22);

– Huntsville, AL (starting 5/6/22).

Charleston, SC to:

– Tampa, FL (starting 5/4/22);

– Providence, RI (starting 5/5/22);

– Richmond, VA (starting 5/26/22);

– Hartford, CT (starting 6/2/22);

– Huntsville, AL (starting 6/30/22).

Norfolk, VA to:

– Tampa, FL (starting 5/4/22);

– Columbus, OH (starting 6/2/22);

– Hartford, CT (starting 6/2/22).

Richmond, VA to:

– Tampa, FL (starting 5/4/22);

– Charleston, SC (starting 5/26/22).

Akron/Canton, OK to:

– Tampa, FL (starting 5/4/22).

Louisville, KY to:

– Tampa, FL (starting 5/4/22).

Oklahoma City, OH to:

– Tampa, FL (starting 5/4/22).

Providence, RI to:

– Charleston, SC (starting 5/5/22).

Tulsa, OK to:

– Tampa, FL (starting 5/5/22).

Bentonville/Fayetteville, AR to:

– Tampa, FL (starting 5/6/22).

Huntsville, AL to:

– Tampa, FL (starting 5/6/22);

– Charleston, SC (starting 6/30/22).

Hartford, CT to:

– Charleston, SC (starting 6/2/22);

– Columbus, OH (starting 6/2/22);

– Norfolk, VA (starting 6/2/22);

– Pittsburgh, PA; (starting 6/2/22).

Columbus, OH to:

– Hartford, CT (starting 6/2/22);

– Norfolk, VA (starting 6/2/22).

Pittsburgh, PA to:

– Hartford, CT (starting 6/2/22).

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Iraqi Airways receives its first Airbus A220-300

Iraqi Airways, the national carrier of Iraq, has taken delivery of its first out of five A220-300 (YI-ARF) aircraft from Mirabel, Canada. Upon entry into service, Iraqi Airways will become one of the first airlines to operate the A220 in the Middle East region.

With the A220, Iraqi Airways will benefit from the aircraft’s exceptional technical, economic and environmental performance. Iraqi Airways’ A220-300 features a modern and highly comfortable dual-class cabin that seats 132 passengers; 12 in business class and 120 in economy class. The state of the art aircraft will play an integral part of Iraqi Airways fleet renewal and modernization plan.

Above Copyright Photo: Gilbert Hechema.

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AerCap delivers the first of 14 Airbus A220 aircraft to Breeze Airways

AerCap Holdings N.V.  today announced that it has delivered the first of 14 new PW1500G powered Airbus A220-300 aircraft to Breeze Airways.

 

The 14-aircraft deal comprises the sale and leaseback of 11 A220 aircraft, the second of which is scheduled to deliver this month with the remaining deliveries continuing through 2022 and 2023, and 3 aircraft owned by Einn Volant Aircraft Leasing Holdings Limited (“EVAL”), a global aircraft leasing platform and joint venture between AerCap and Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (“CDPQ”), a global investment group. All three aircraft will be managed by AerCap and are scheduled for delivery through 2022.

The first Airbus A220-300 for Breeze Airways is unveiled

Breeze Airways October 26 unveiled its first Airbus A220 (N203BZ).

The aircraft will be unique in its premier cabin layout. According to Bloomberg, “the startup carrier expects to have three dozen business-class seats in the initial configuration but will change that count in rapid makeovers to as few as 12 seats to accommodate shifting demand.”

The A220 will have a range of 3,400 nautical miles.

Airbus made this announcement:

Breeze Airways unveiled its first of 80 A220-300 aircraft on order during a preview event at the Airbus A220 final assembly line in Mobile, Alabama. The aircraft is expected to be delivered to Breeze in the coming weeks.

Breeze’s A220-300 cabin is configured in a comfortable two-class 126 seat premium cabin layout comprising 36 business and 90 economy seats fitted with in-seat power and USB ports for all passengers.

Breeze will offer superior single-aisle comfort on board its brand new A220s, such as the widest seats, the largest windows and more overhead stowage space per passenger.

The A220’s superior efficiency will support the new airline’s business objectives to deliver a great travel experience to its passengers, with low fares and high flexibility. Breeze is expected to provide non-stop service between underserved routes across the U.S. at affordable fares – offering point-to-point flights from smaller secondary airports, bypassing hubs for shorter travel times.

Breeze started airline operations in May 2021. This first A220 is expected to enter service in Q2 2022.

The A220 is the only aircraft purpose-built for the 100-150 seat market and brings together state-of-the-art aerodynamics, advanced materials and Pratt & Whitney’s latest-generation geared turbofan engines. With a range of up to 3,450 nm (6,390 km), the A220 gives airlines added operational flexibility. The A220 delivers up to 25% lower fuel burn and CO2 emissions per seat compared to previous generation aircraft, and 50% lower NOx emissions than industry standards. In addition, the aircraft noise footprint is reduced by 50% compared to previous generation aircraft – making the A220 a good neighbor around airports.

As of the end of September 2021, over 170 A220s have been delivered to 12 operators worldwide.

Further information on the A220 Family, please click here.

 

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Air France takes delivery of its first Airbus A220-300 and announces the first routes

Air France has announced its new 148-seat Airbus A220-300 will enter service on October 31 between the Paris (CDG) hub and Berlin.

It will then fly to Barcelona, Madrid, Bologna, Milan, Rome and Venice as well as Lisbon and Copenhagen.

The first A220-300 was delivered on September 29 and is registered as F-HZUA. The aircraft is named “Le Bourget”.

The airline issued this statement:

  • Air France is continuing to renew its fleet and takes delivery of the 1st of the 60 Airbus A200-300s ordered to replace its Airbus A318s and A319s, as well as several Airbus A320s;
  • The A220-300 is a major lever in improving Air France’s economic and environmental performance, with a cost reduction per seat of 10%, a 20% reduction in CO2 emissions and a 34% reduced noise footprint;
  • Commercial flights to Berlin, Barcelona, Madrid, Milan and Venice start as from October 31.

On September 29, 2021, Air France took delivery of its first Airbus A220-300, the company’s latest jewel in the fleet on its short and medium-haul network. Since introducing the Airbus A350 on its long-haul network, the company is continuing its fleet renewal and by 2025 will have integrated the 60 A220-300s ordered in 2019 to gradually replace its Airbus A318s and A319s as well as several Airbus A320s. This order – the largest from a European customer – includes an additional mix of 30 options and 30 purchase rights.

“This new aircraft with an unparalleled energy performance represents a major asset for Air France. To date, fleet renewal is the main source of reducing CO2 emissions, and this is why we are continuing to invest in latest-generation aircraft. We are also activating all the levers at our disposal such as sustainable fuels or eco-piloting, as part of our contribution to promoting a carbon-neutral air transport industry and positioning ourselves as a leading player of a more sustainable aviation” stated Benjamin Smith, CEO of Air France-KLM.

 “The arrival of a new aircraft is always a special occasion for an airline. All the Air France teams have spent over two years preparing for this moment and we are excited to see our customers discover the optimal comfort offered by this aircraft. The cabin is more spacious, brighter, and offers full Wi-Fi-connectivity, further contributing to the upmarket positioning of our offer.” added Anne Rigail, CEO of Air France.

Named “Le Bourget” in homage to the town north of Paris which is deeply linked to the aviation industry, the aircraft sports the emblematic Air France livery. It also features the winged seahorse on the front of its fuselage and on its wingtips, the symbol embodying the company’s founding myth.

As from October 31, 2021, the Airbus A220-300 will fly to Berlin (Germany), Barcelona, Madrid (Spain), Milan-Linate and Venice (Italy) from the Air France hub at Paris-Charles de Gaulle. During the 2021-2022 winter season, the aircraft will gradually extend its network to Bologna, Rome (Italy), Lisbon (Portugal) and Copenhagen (Denmark).


An economically and environmentally efficient aircraft 

The most innovative and efficient single-aisle aircraft in its class, the Airbus A220-300 is perfectly suited to Air France’s short and medium-haul network. It provides a cost reduction per seat of 10% compared to the Airbus A318 and A319 and stands out for its energy efficiency, consuming 20% less fuel than the aircraft it replaces and its CO2 emissions are also reduced by 20%.  Its noise footprint is also 34% lower. These characteristics will play a decisive role in reducing Air France’s environmental footprint and achieving its sustainable development objectives. By 2030, the airline will have reduced its overall CO2 emissions per passenger/km by 50% compared to 2005, or 15% in absolute terms. Air France is also committed to working with all its stakeholders and the public authorities to achieve the climate target of zero net CO2 emissions by 2050.

The highest level of in-flight comfort

The Air France Airbus A220-300 has 148 seats, in a 3-2 seat configuration (5 seats across) offering 80% of customers a window or aisle seat. It offers two travel cabins, Business and Economy, and access to Air France Connect, the airline’s inflight Wi-Fi service.

The seat is the widest on the market (48 cm). It reclines to 118 degrees and has an adjustable headrest, leather upholstery and an ergonomic seat cushion for enhanced comfort. A wide solid tray table, cup holder, a pouch for storing magazines and books, individual USB A and C ports and tablet or smartphone holder integrated into the backrest complete the package.

The cabin, the most spacious and brightest in its category, is decorated in the Air France signature colors – shades of blue, a strong presence of white providing light and contrast, and a hint of red symbolize the airline’s excellence and know-how. The carpet revisits the traditional ornamental herringbone pattern, symbolizing the emblematic Haussmann-inspired world of Parisian apartments.

Large panoramic windows provide natural light for the duration of the trip. From boarding to landing, specially-adapted cabin mood lighting settings create bright, dynamic lighting for the welcome and disembarkation phases and softer lighting for a more relaxed, serene atmosphere during the flight. The spacious baggage racks are easy to access. The central aisle is particularly wide, allowing customers to move about at ease.

Finally, as on the entire Air France fleet, the air in the cabin is renewed every 3 minutes thanks to a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air)-type filter air recycling system that eliminates 99.9% of particles and viruses.

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Breeze Airways confirms an order for 20 additional Airbus A220-300s from Mobile, first is painted

Breeze Airways’ first Airbus A220-300 has been painted pending the first delivery.

Airbus made this announcement:

Breeze Airways has confirmed that it has reached a purchase agreement with Airbus for 20 more of the aircraft. This previously undisclosed order for 20 brings Breeze’s total order book to 80 A220-300s, the first of which will be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2021.

The aircraft’s fresh paint job was completed at Airbus’ facility in Mobile, Alabama, which will deliver approximately one A220 per month to Breeze over the next six-and-a-half years. The airline plans to begin flights with the Airbus fleet in the second quarter of 2022.

Breeze started airline operations in May 2021. This first A220 is the first new aircraft that will be operated by the airline.

Over 170 A220s have been delivered to ten operators in Asia, North Americas, Europe, and Africa, proving the great versatility of Airbus’ latest family member.

airBaltic to add new routes

airBaltic Airbus A220-300 (Bombardier CS300 - BD-500-1A11) YL-AAU (msn 55064) FRA (Marcelo F. De Biasi). Image: 951386.

airBaltic is launching new routes and restoring services:

The airline has announced plans to three weekly flights between Tallinn and Munich starting on May 1.

The carrier will also launch twice-weekly service between Riga and Heraklion commencing on May 15.

Also from Riga, airBaltic will add weekly service to Santorini in Greece beginning on June 5.

Finally the carrier will add the Riga – Naples route on June 4 with two flights a week.

Top Copyright Photo: airBaltic Airbus A220-300 (Bombardier CS300 – BD-500-1A11) YL-AAU (msn 55064) FRA (Marcelo F. De Biasi). Image: 951386.

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