Delta's first Airbus A220 takes off
Mirabel - On October 6, the first A220-100 (CS100) for Delta Air Lines took off from Mirabel Airport in Quebec.
The A220 carried out a successful flight of 2 hours and 53 minutes. Test pilots checked the main systems of the aircraft before it returned Mirabel at 4:55 PM. The flight took place a few weeks after the Delta's first A220 left paint shop with the airline's colors.
It will be followed by pre-delivery testing and the installation of its latest-generation cabin interior. The commissioning of Delta's first A220 is scheduled for early 2019.
Delta Air Lines is the largest customer of the A220-100 with a firm order for 75 copies and will be the first American airline to operate the type. The US carrier is the fourth operator of the aircraft in the world after Swiss International Air Lines, airBaltic and Korean Air.
Bombardier's A220 combines state-of-the-art aerodynamics, advanced composite materials, and the latest generation of Pratt & Whitney's PW1500G Geared Turbofan engines, reducing fuel consumption by at least 20 percent per seat compared to previous generation 100-seat jets.
The A220 has so far accumulated 400 orders from customers around the world. With Bombardier's CSeries (A220), Airbus aims to get the lion share in the 100 / 150-seat market which is estimated to represent at least 7000 aircraft in the next 20 years.