Airbus revealed the renamed A220 jet at a ceremony at its Henri-Ziegler Delivery Centre near Toulouse in France this morning.
According to the report, Airbus employees and media representatives watched an A220-300 land. The plane wore its new Airbus name and colors in a fresh paint job.
The A220 -- to be available as the A220-100 and A220-300 models -- represents a renaming of the former Bombardier CS100 and CS300.
It didn't take long for Airbus to announce new orders for the A220. Tuesday afternoon, JetBlue signed a commitment to purchase 60 A220 jets. JetBlue also converted a previous order of A320neo jets to the larger A321neo. All of the new planes will be assembled in Mobile.
Airbus is expected to start construction on the new A220 assembly line in Mobile later in 2018.
Airbus and Bombardier closed a deal earlier this month that paved the way for the former Bombardier C Series planes to be built here in Mobile as Airbus jets.
The company says 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 for commercial aircraft, for a news release. “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, said for the news release: “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.”
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