Toulouse - Airbus begins a demonstration tour through Asia with the A220-300. The aircraft borrowed from airBaltic will visit five destinations in four countries, starting from Zhuhai in southern China where the China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition currently takes place.

On November 8, the A220 will fly to Chengdu first, which is also located in China. On November 10th, Koh Samui in Thailand, the next day to Kathmandu in Nepal and on November 12 to Istanbul. The aircraft will return to its base Riga International Airport on November 14.

The A220-300 is the new name of the Bombardier CS300. The aircraft was rebranded after Airbus took over the majority stake in the CSeries program of the Canadian aircraft manufacturer.

During the tour, Airbus will present the aircraft to potential customers and the media.

airBaltic’s A220-300 is configured to accommodate 145 passengers in true widebody comfort. The Latvian carrier is the second largest operator of the type after Lufthansa subsidiary SWISS International and has 13 A220-300 in service out of 50 copies ordered.

With an order book of over 400 aircraft to date, the A220 is the only jet ever built for the 100-150 seat market.