Mirabel - On October 26, Delta Air Lines has received its first Airbus A220-100 at Montreal's Mirabel airport. The American operator had ordered 75 Bombardier CSeries before it was rebranded as Airbus A220.
The delivery marks the end of a turbulent round since Delta placed the order for Bombardier's CSeries aircraft in April 2016. The order had been brought to the US International Trade Commission (ITC) by Boeing in 2017 complaining that the Canadian manufacturer received unfair subsidies from the Canadian government for the development of the aircraft and gave discounts to Delta Airlines dumping the price of the aircraft under the manufacturing cost in the US market.
Delta's new Airbus A220 will start scheduled flights on January 31st from New York La Guardia to Boston and Dallas. In the following months, more routes will be added, mainly to destinations with a lot of business traffic.
The A220-100 of Delta is configured to accommodate 109 passengers - 12 in First Class and 97 in the Economy.
Delta is the first North American user of the A220 and the fourth worldwide, after SWISS, AirBaltic and Korean Air. The aircraft was developed by Bombardier as the CSeries but has been renamed to A220 after Airbus acquired the majority stake of the program.
Air Canada will join Delta as the second North American A220 operator next year. Another North American airline JetBlue Airways will receive its first Airbus A220 in 2020.
To date, Bombardier's A220 has received orders more than 400 copies from the customers around the world. The 100 to 150-seat market is estimated to represent at least 7,000 aircraft over the next 20 years for which the Bombardier and Airbus compete with the Embraer's E2 series.
Boeing and Embraer are currently in talks to form a new joint venture to compete better with Airbus and Bombardier in the 100-150-seat market.