And, I was thrilled to hear that Seattle would be one of the first places to get them. [131] In July 2018, Airbus CFO Harald Wilhelm predicted a production potential of more than 100 aircraft per year. [102] Production could increase to 90–120 aircraft per year by 2020. The DoC announced its final ruling, a total duty of 292%, on 20 December. 20 percent of the aircraft weight would be in composite materials for the centre and rear fuselages, tail cone, empennage and wings.

[130] Airbus is targeting over 100 orders in 2018 and 3,000 over 20 years, half of the 100- to 150-seat market, and needs a supply chain cost reduction over 10%. Bombardier sold the CSeries airliner program to Airbus and it is now owned by Airbus Canada Limited Partnership, a joint venture between Airbus and the Quebec government's investment arm Investissement Québec. [9] On 15 March, Fokker was declared bankrupt. Currently, the A220-300 plane can accommodate up to 150 passengers. With Pratt & Whitney’s revolutionary GTF engine, the A220 not only has the quiet efficiency to make the 100-seat market a revenue-generating proposition for medium and short-haul routes, but the A220 also has the range to open up a whole new group of city pairs that were unimaginable for an aircraft of this size. [149] In July 2019, Air France–KLM announced a commitment for 60 A220-300s, plus options and acquisition rights for a further 60 aircraft, to be delivered from September 2021 with the aim of gradually replacing Air France's A318 and A319 fleet. The lavatories on this aircraft were more than adequate in the rear of the plane, and palatial at the front! This is far from ideal and tends to lead to a passenger experience that can be unpleasant and not representative of the mainline carriers’ overall products. The Captain that I interviewed on a recent flight confirmed this on an anecdotal basis. The A220 will be competing with the yet-to-be-certified 737 MAX 7. When it comes to fuel burn, the A220 was marketed to achieve 20% better fuel burn than similarly sized planes. The 130- to 160-seat A220-300 (originally named CS300) first flew on 27 February 2015, received an initial type certification on 11 July 2016, and entered service with launch customer airBaltic on 14 December 2016. But, at least at this point, it appears that Delta will use the A220 without making a big change in the alignment of its mainline carrier business and its supplemental carriers through the scope clause. In its class the A220-100 competes with, it is now achieving the same level of fuel burn per seat as a 737-700. Since United already flies 310 of the 737, there will be savings for pilot training and fewer spare parts will need to be stocked.
The 787, less so. [105], After months of engine delays, Korean Air received its first CS300 on 22 December 2017.

It is going to be very interesting to see what Delta does with this aircraft. This was due to be a completely new design rather than a derivative of the A320 series. The cabin is also conducive to passengers being able to enjoy mood lighting and various entertainment offerings. However, development has not yet been committed. C Check are scheduled after 8,500 hours – translating to about 3.5 years of operation. [209] The $3.8 billion order for 45 CS300 aircraft was finalized on 28 June 2016. In fact, the A220-300 aircraft is a very aesthetically appealing plane. In May 2005, the CSeries development was evaluated at US$2.1 billion, shared with suppliers and partner governments for one-third each. The cabin in the A220-300 includes advantages such as ample overhead storage, excellent headroom that isn’t affected by opening those compartments, and two flex zones, which means that the cabin can be customized when it comes to stowage areas and partitions. Some mentioned little things, like how quiet the APU is on their preflight walkaround. [71], On 20 August 2015, Bombardier disclosed it had completed over 80% of the required certification tests for the CS100. [145], In January 2019, confirmation of sales to JetBlue and Moxy pushed the A220 order backlog to more than double that of the slightly larger A319neo. [161] By January 2019, ETOPS 180 was granted by Transport Canada, allowing direct routes over water or remote regions.

Pilots on the A220 and other mainline flights carry iPads with the weather app added. [179], Since the PW1500G mount generates less strain on the turbine rotor assembly than the A320neo's PW1100G, it does not suffer from start-up and bearing problems but still from premature combustor degradation. An airline would need to pay mainline gate operations and mainline crew wages. Archive - The Airbus A220 has solved the fuel burn issue for this segment. In July 2018, Pratt & Whitney announced that the PW1500G had been granted 180-minute ETOPS approval by the FAA. [212], With those 127 firm orders in early 2016, introduction should be with a firm backlog of more than 300 orders and up to 800 aircraft including options, conditional orders, letters of intent and purchase rights; they imply an onerous contract provision of around $500 million, $3.9 million per order.[213]. The CSeries cabin featured large, rotating overhead storage bins, allowing each passenger to stow a sizeable carry-on bag overhead. The neo and MAX are all on or above that line. A CS500 stretch would allow Airbus to enlarge its A320-family replacement to better compete with the proposed Boeing New Midsize Airplane. [110] On 16 October 2017, Airbus and Bombardier announced that Airbus would acquire a 50.01% majority stake in this partnership, with Bombardier keeping 31% and Investissement Québec 19%, to expand in an estimated market of more than 6,000 new 100- to 150-seat aircraft over 20 years. In fact, most people in the aviation prognostication business felt like Delta knew something we didn’t, namely, that they were anticipating an impending change in the scope clause. On 9 June 2017, the US International Trade Commission (USITC) found that the US industry could be threatened. While we have modeled the data (subscribers have access), here is a summary of the findings for 3Y19. [122] As the clearances process neared completion, there were hopes that the takeover could have been completed by the end of May 2018, accelerating orders and cost-reduction efforts. On 28 May 2018, Air Baltic announced a firm order for 30 CS300 along with 15 options and 15 purchase rights. [123], Airbus sought to reduce costs from all suppliers, including Bombardier, wing builder Short Brothers and engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney. This comprised 45 firm orders, plus options for an additional 30 aircraft. That the A220 will be disruptive is clear. [198] Bombardier would fund the cash shortfalls if required, up to US$610 million from the second half of 2018 to 2021. Combining the CSeries with Airbus's global scale ... will take the CSeries program to new heights". The 108 to 133-seat A220-100 (originally named CS100) made its maiden flight on 16 September 2013, was awarded an initial type certification by Transport Canada on 18 December 2015, and entered service on 15 July 2016 with Swiss Global Air Lines. [129] The aircraft was renamed the A220-100/300 on 10 July 2018 at Airbus's headquarters in Toulouse, 10 days after control of the program was handed over to Airbus. The 130- to 160-seat A220-300 (originally named CS300) first flew on 27 February 2015, received an initial type certification on 11 July 2016, and entered service with launch customer airBaltic on 14 December 2016. [47] Reflecting a change of pace in March 2012, Bombardier moved-up its target date for the first flight to the second half of 2012. The CS300 is expected to be 15% cheaper to operate per seat than the Embraer E190. On 26 January 2018, the four USITC commissioners unanimously determined that US industry is not threatened and no duty orders will be issued, overturning the imposed duties.