Airbus announced that it has produced its 100th A220 aircraft, celebrating the achievement with a ceremony at its A220 program headquarters in Mirabel, Canada, last Friday. The aircraft, an A220-300, is slated to go to Latvia-based airline airBaltic. AirBaltic took delivery of its first A220-300 in November 2016 and currently operates a fleet of 20 of the aircraft.
“In an extremely competitive market, the aircraft’s unequalled fuel efficiency and excellent performance has been instrumental to airBaltic, which has an all-A220 fleet as the backbone of its new business plan,” said Airbus. “The A220 brings together state-of-the-art aerodynamics, advanced materials and Pratt & Whitney’s latest-generation PW1500G geared turbofan engines to offer at least 20% lower fuel burn per seat compared to previous-generation aircraft, along with significantly lower emissions and a reduced noise footprint.”
The Airbus A220 family, formerly the Bombardier C Series, includes the A220-100 and A220-300, which were designed for the 100- to 150-seat airline market. The A220 models are assembled at the company’s Mirabel facility and at a second assembly line in Mobile, Alabama. According to Airbus, it had received 530 firm orders for the A220 by the end of October 2019.