Will Airbus Expand The A220 Family?
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July 11, 2019 - byNicholas Cummins for simpleflying.com
Airbus has struck gold with their A220 series aircraft. As such, many industry experts are wondering if Airbus will use this boost in popularity to expand the A220 family from more than just two variants.
Airbus offers the smaller 135 seater A220-100 alongside the larger A220-300, which can seat 160 passengers. They fly to a range of 3,400 nmi (6,300 km) and 3,350 nmi (6,200 km) respectively.And there are a few rumored variants of the A220 that might be built in the future.
The first is the A220-500. This is a further stretch of the A220-100 frame to accommodate up to 200 passengers. It will likely fly a shorter range than the other two A220s as it will be heavier, carrying more passenger and fuel. (Fliegerfaust note: The "base" A220 model is the -300. The -100 is the first smaller version made of the A220-300. A -500 model would be the "first" stretch version of the base A220-300 model. Another side note, the CSeries CS500 aka A220-500 has been flying for years... on a simulator, meaning, the engineering work is already done. Sylvain Faust)