Montreal - The Airbus A220 family obtained ETOPS 180 certification from Transport Canada. The A220 became the first commercial aircraft to receive domestic ETOPS approval from the Canadian authorities.
Although the ETOPS180 certification processes with the FAA and the EASA are still pending, this accomplishment will pave the way for A220 customers to launch new routes to remote destinations.
Being the only in-production aircraft in its class capable of performing both steep approach and long-range operations, the A220 is definitely unlocking new route opportunities for airlines,
said Rob Dewar, Head of Engineering and Customer Support at A220 Program.
On the other hand, Airbus is in talks with its suppliers to cut costs for the A220 as the manufacturer expands its production lines to meet the demand for the former Canadian jet.
Bombardier had long striven to become one of the major players in the commercial aircraft market, but it failed. Its CSeries jets, currently the A220, have gained the support of the world's second-largest aircraft manufacturer after Airbus bought the troubled program last year in October.
Cutting costs is essential to make the program profitable while avoiding complaints from rival Boeing.
Last year, Boeing claimed Bombardier sold its CSeries to Delta Air Lines below its production cost by means of unfair government subsidies, but it lost the trial later.