The Airbus A220: Unlocking nonstop service to hundreds of secondary markets
With the unique combination of low cost, high comfort, and long range, the A220 aircraft could lead to 300+ new and improved routes—benefiting dozens of mid-sized markets.
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August 13, 2019 - by By Carlos Ozores and Javier Jimenez-Serrano for
- With the unique combination of low cost, high comfort, and long range, the A220 aircraft could lead to 300+ new and improved routes—benefiting dozens of mid-sized markets.
The newest and smallest aircraft from Airbus, the A220, has not received the same attention as other next-generation aircraft like the 787 Dreamliner or A321neo LR.
But this narrowbody sits alone in the class of 120 to 150 seat aircraft. It has the potential to transform the medium-haul market—opening up thinner routes that lie beyond the range of regional jets but are too small for the 737 and A320 family aircraft. The results could be much like the 787 and A321neo LR with long and thin routes.
The A220—formerly the Bombardier CSeries—is a clean-sheet design that offers the cabin comfort and range of a narrowbody for a lower cost. Sales started slow, but then Airbus came into the picture.
From the 2017 acquisition of the program from Bombardier to the 2019 Paris Air Show, orders jumped 75%—thanks in large part to Airbus' stronger after-market support network.
The A220 is outselling its closest competitor, the Embraer E2 (a re-engined replacement for the successful Embraer E-Jet), by more than three to one.
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