Airbus Announces Huge Upgrades To Their A220 Family
"This performance increase is achieved by taking credit of existing structural and systems margins as well as existing fuel volume capacity"
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May 22, 2019 - byTom Boon for simpleflying.com
- "This performance increase is achieved by taking credit of existing structural and systems margins as well as existing fuel volume capacity"
Airbus has announced some huge updates to their A220 family of aircraft. The changes were announced at a press event in Toulouse earlier today. The increased range will make the popular Airbus A220 aircraft even more capable.
The Airbus A220 has proven to be a popular aircraft. Indeed, airlines such as Air Baltic are looking to completely replace their fleet with the type. Meanwhile, Delta, Jet Blue, and startup Moxy have between them ordered 210 Airbus A220s. The new Airbus A220 changes see the aircraft provided with increased range and payload.
The Airbus A220 will have a brand new payload allowance. The maximum takeoff weight of each aircraft previously stood at 60.78t for the Airbus A220-100. The Airbus A220-300 has a stated maximum takeoff weight of 67.58t.
The great thing about this increased maximum takeoff weight is the additional range that it gives the aircraft. This is mostly to do with the amount of fuel that the aircraft can carry. A fully loaded A220 with full fuel tanks would be over the maximum takeoff weight. However, with increased payloads, the aircraft can take off with more fuel. This, in turn, means that the aircraft can fly further...