Why Two EgyptAir A220 Painted All-White? - 100th A220 Delivery - Mobile Alabama A220 FAL Update
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11:30 EST (16:30 UTC) - November 19, 2019 - by Sylvain Faust for Fliegerfaust.com
Did you notice the two Airbus A220 just delivered to EgyptAir from Mirabel sported a somewhat neutral all-white livery, instead of their colorful new attire? Those are Manufacturer Serial Numbers (MSN) 55061 and 55062. As the "55"prefix of the MSN tells us, the two birds are in fact A220-300 (CSeries CS300) machines.
Why all this? Why white? Why flying "undercover"?
If you monitor some of those A220 aircraft destinations while studying the corresponding map, you will quickly grasp why EgyptAir sometimes choose to maintain a "low profile", -or would rather remain totally incognito when overflying/flying into some fireworks-prone regions, where the bad news generally come from. You should now be able to figure out the rest all by yourself?
100th Airbus A220 Delivery
And since we're into it, airBaltic are getting their own splashy new paint scheme starting with their soon to be delivered A220-300 MSN 55064. Look at the aircraft tail when you see it… But there is something else about this upcoming event, it will be the 100th A220 (CSeries) aircraft to be delivered to a customer.
Expect official news about this from Airbus the sooner the better, but again, loyal Fliegerfaust readers, you are the first to know about this.
The first Air Canada A220, a A220-300, bears the C-GROV registration for its pre-delivery test flights. It will "keep" the same ID when handed over to the airline, simply transferring the existing "callsign" identifier, C-GROV, to its new owner, -but not before the aircraft is paid in full (deemed to be delivered, as it's called in the parlance).
C-GROV… Anything to do at all with "Canadian Great Return On Value"?
And here is the latest on the exclusive story you read on Fliegerfaust regarding the accidental foaming (fire alarm) of the first A220 to be assembled and delivered by Airbus at its Mobile, Alabama facility. (read "A220 Production Problem at Airbus Mobile, Alabama")
This machine was supposed to be the first A220-300 delivered from Mobile (to Delta), MSN 55069, following the foaming incident ("Delta Airbus A220 Corrosion Before Delivery") has been pushed on the side as I already reported. It will not be coming back in the A220 FAL before the end of April 2020.
Why the end of April 2020?
Well, it needs to be reworked as already mentioned previously and the end of April 2020 happens to be the date of the official opening of the new A220 Final Assembly Line building at Airbus in Mobile. As you already know, Airbus is currently assembling some A220 in Alabama sharing the existing A320 FAL/buildings.
But where does this place the MSN 55069 machine that was to be the first A220 to be assembled by Airbus in the Alabama facility, to be delivered to Delta Airlines? It would become the 6th A220 delivery from Mobile.
Stay tuned for an update on what is going on at Mirabel, Quebec Airbus A220 facility, tomorrow only on Fliegerfaust.com
Sylvain Faust for Fliegerfaust.com
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