Mirabel - The first Airbus A220-100 of Delta Air Lines left the paint hangar in Mirabel, Quebec.
Delta will be the first American airline to take delivery of the A220 (formerly Bombardier CSeries), featuring a state-of-the-art cabin layout with unmatched fuel efficiency in its class.
Now the aircraft rolled out of the paint shop with Delta Air Lines' colors. The aircraft will first complete flying pre-flight checks in A220 FAL before taking off from Mirabel for its first flight later this fall.
It’s a tremendous feeling of accomplishment to know we just outfitted North America’s first A220 from tail to tip. I’ve been working in the paint shop for 15 years. It can be a challenging job, but seeing the finished product makes it worth it,said Julie Léveillé, one of the supervisors in the Mirabel paint shop.
There’s nothing like seeing years of planning come together in the shape of a freshly painted aircraft. It’s a major milestone for the future of our fleet,added Larry Cato, the program manager on Delta’s Fleet Management team.
Delta's first A220 is expected to enter service in early 2019 and will be used to serve on some of Delta’s longer Delta Connection routes. Currently, the Atlanta, Georgia-based carrier relies on the 110-seat Boeing 717-200s for its shorter mainline flights.
Delta's A220 is configured to accommodate 109 passengers (15 in Delta Comfort class and 82 in Eco class).
The debate between Bombardier and Boeing was concluded by the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) last January. The Commission rejected the Boeing's dubious accusation to Bombardier for receiving illegal subsidies from the Canadian government.
If approved, would have implemented a 292% tax on US imports of the Canadian manufacturer's CSeries jets.