UPDATED May 27: One Airbus A220 Just Landed Today in Toulouse, France - You Want to Know Why?
Airbus A220 - Formerly Bombardier CSeries has now been renamed by Airbus
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10:58AM (14:53 UTC) - May 26, 2019 - by Sylvain Faust for fliegerfaust.com
(UPDATED: 10:25AM (14:25 UTC) - May 27, 2019 : Airbus will fly over Toulouse at low altitude with the "Patrouille de France" to celebrate the 50 years of the European manufacturer, Wednesday, May 29 around noon. The following aircraft will be part of the show: A380, A350-1000), A330neo, A320, A220 and the BelugaXL
One Airbus A220 Just Landed Today in Toulouse, France
Airbus dispatched one of its A220-300 test and demonstration aircraft to Toulouse from its base in Wichita, Kansas yesterday and landed today in Toulouse, France.
FTV8 (Flight Test Vehicle #8), the official name given to this aircraft by Bombardier during the testing and certification phase of the "designed from scratch" CSeries aircraft, the 2nd CSeries model 300 (CS300, not called A220-300) built, msn (manufacturer serial number) 55002, has landed in Toulouse, France earlier today under the flight name BBA508.
The aircraft left Wichita yesterday and did a "pit stop" in Bangor, Maine before continuing its direct flight to Toulouse, France, the Airbus Headquarters, and landed today.
Question is: Why?
As you might already know, Airbus will be celebrating its 50th anniversary this coming week, on May 29 2019. Will I be invited by Airbus?
A celebration is to be expected in Toulouse and Airbus shall be having its entire aircraft models to display… Will we see all the different Airbus aircraft doing a fly over in formation?
We should expect to see this particular A220-300 aircraft to be flying back from Toulouse to its home in Wichita, McConnell Air Force Base airport (IAB/KIAB) few days later still making a stop at Bangor, Maine on its way.
Wichita is the home base of the Bombardier Flight Test Centre team (BFTC) where all of its aircraft testing and certification is being done. Airbus is still relying on Bombardier engineers, aviation and aerospace specialist to test and certify the ongoing changes made to the A220 design.
The A220 is co-owned by Airbus, Bombardier and the government of Quebec. Staring June 1, you will see much more AIRBUS logos around the A220, also on the painted aircraft?
This coming month is also the International Paris Air Show at Le Bourget near Paris. Is Airbus preparing the plate with A220 orders just waiting for this event? How will Boeing be doing while its infamous 737 MAX is still not back in the air taking all the place in the media? Is this a "coincident" that three prominent Boeing commercial aircraft sales executives are retiring just before the famous Air Show?
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