Toulouse, France - Airbus dramatically improves the performance of its A220 series jets. The maximum takeoff weight and flight range of the aircraft are being increased by the manufacturer to attract the attention of the airline operators to the aircraft.
The take-off weight of the jet will be increased by 2,268 kg (5000 pounds) and the flight range of the A220-100 and A220-300 will be extended to 6,296 km (3400nmi) and 6,204 km (3350 nmi) respectively, 833 km (450nmi) more than the previous configuration.
With these improvements, Airbus aims to position the A220s as Boeing 737 MAX competitor on both Pacific and Transatlantic routes.
The aircraft will soon be operated between Europe and the Middle East and between Asia and Australia.
Airbus has so far received 530 orders for its A220 Series jets, which is previously known as CSeries.
Last year in July, the European manufacturer took over the majority stake of the Bombardier's CSeries program and renamed it as Airbus A220. The aircraft did not generate expected orders since then.
Airbus A220-100 and A220-300 have room for around 100 to 150 passengers on board depending on the type variant and the cabin configuration.