Airbus has revealed the A220 at a ceremony held at its Henri-Ziegler Delivery Centre, near Toulouse. Witnessed by Airbus employees and members of the global news media, the A220-300 landed directly from the painting, wearing its new Airbus name and colours.
The A220 family comprises two models, the A220-100 and A220-300, formerly Bombardier Inc.’s C Series (CS100 and CS300). The aircraft are fully optimized for the 100 to 150 seat market and perfectly complement Airbus’ existing best-selling A320neo family.
“Everyone at Airbus has been looking forward to this historic moment. Today, we are thrilled to welcome the A220 to the Airbus family and are honoured to see it wearing its new Airbus colours for the first time,” said Guillaume Faury, Airbus President Commercial Aircraft, “I pay tribute to all the women and men at Bombardier and the supply chain who have strived over the past years to bring this fantastic aircraft to the world. The A220 now enters a new phase in its career with all Airbus’ resources behind it to further its commercial success worldwide.”
Eric Schulz, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer, added, “We are enthusiastic about selling the A220 thanks in particular to its technology which gives it a decisive edge in a very competitive market. I have received a lot of positive feedback from customers regarding the aircraft’s outstanding passenger experience, its lower fuel burn, lower weight and quieter engines. All these reasons contribute to my optimism that Airbus will support to make the A220 a great commercial success.”
Schulz added that the A220 already is generating great interest among potential customers. He said this is no surprise as “our new colleagues have built something quite extraordinary. I don’t think it will be long before we hear news from the market.
“I can assure you that work is well underway to make the A220 a commercial success, the market leader for aircraft between 100 and 150 seats,” Schultz added. “We trust that this segment could total as many as 7,200 aircraft over the next 20 years – that’s an exciting prospect.”
Philippe Balducchi, president of CSALP (the Airbus partnership with Canada’s Bombardier) concluded by giving an insight into the ramp-up of production that already is underway in anticipation of increased sales.
“We’re already focused on our plans to raise production of A220s and to sharpen its competitiveness in the marketplace,” he explained. “I think it’s already been made very clear that our Canadian colleagues gave birth to a fantastic aircraft. We’ll strive to do it justice with our experience in managing complex aircraft programmes and supply chain.”