Why The Airbus A220 Is The Plane Of The Future - Formerly Bombardier CSeries
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January 12, 2020 - by Joanna Bailey for simpleflying.com
(Fliegerfaust note: This review is assuming airlines could acquire the A220 at an equivalent cost/price compared with its competitor... A Telsa car would decrease your operating cost? When you include the acquisition price? If so, why are we not all buying one? Is it still less expansive to operate when you factor in the acquisition or leasing cost? Early A220 orders were deeply discounted and the Airbus A220 production is still not making a profit... Sylvain Faust)
The Airbus A220 isn't really a new aircraft. Bombardier first flew the CSeries in September 2013, with its entry into service in July 2016. And yet, the A220 seems to be answering problems that we're not quite having yet. Airbus predicts a need for 7,000 A220s over the next two decades, and that's probably not too overoptimistic. Here's how the A220 is the plane of the future, today.
What do passengers and airlines of the future want?
The landscape of aviation is changing. In the past, airlines operated on hub and spoke models, passengers were happy to fit around schedules and the price of jet fuel was so low that efficiency wasn't a huge consideration. Clearly, aviation today is very different.
Increased competition among airlines has meant carriers need to differentiate their service levels in order to maintain their share of the passengers.
This has often meant flying more frequently on smaller planes, to make traveling with that carrier more flexible. Rising fuel prices and price wars on fares mean airlines are operating often on shoestring profits, and seeking more efficient aircraft as a result.
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