A220 - We took a 4-hour flight on the new Delta Airbus jet that Boeing tried to keep out of the US. Here's what it was like...
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June 3, 2019 - by Benjamin Zhang for businessinsider.com
- The Airbus A220 is one of the most advanced and fuel-efficient airliners in the world.
- The Canadian-built jet, formerly known as the Bombardier C Series, entered commercial service in the US with Delta Air Lines earlier this year.
- Recently, we flew from New York to Dallas, Texas on a Delta Airbus A220 to see what the plane is like on a longer flight.
- We were impressed by the wide economy class seats, quiet cabin, plentiful overhead storage space, and broad in-flight entertainment options.
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The Airbus A220 was one of the most hotly anticipated airliners in recent memory to reach the US. The Quebec-built jet, formerly known as the Bombardier C Series, was the subject of a heated US-Canadian trade dispute in 2017.
In April of that year, Boeing filed a complaint with US Commerce Department and the US International Trade Commission alleging that Delta's 2016 order for C Series jets was made possible only by abnormally low prices supported by Canadian government subsidies.
The US International Trade Commission agreed and in September of that year recommended a 219.63% tariff. A week later, the Commerce Department added a 79.82% tariff.
Bombardier and Delta both argued that Boeing's business couldn't have been hurt by the deal because Boeing didn't have a product in its lineup similar in capacity to the C Series.
In total, Bombardier and Delta faced a 299.45% tariff on any Canadian-built C Series plane exported to the US.
Facing the possibility of losing the most important order in the C Series program's history, Bombardier turned to Boeing's greatest foe, Airbus.
Less than a month after the tariff was announced, Bombardier handed 50.01% of its prized airliner program to Airbus with zero up-front cash investment coming from the European aviation giant.
In the summer of 2018, the Bombardier C Series was officially rebranded as the Airbus A220.
Even though the A220 entered service with Swiss in 2016, it didn't...