FIRST FLIGHT! - DELTA FIRST AIRBUS A220 (CSeries) - First Flight Now - October 6, 2018 - Boeing Huge Mistake
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October 2, 2018 – Quebec, Canada - by Sylvain Faust for Fliegerfaust.com
Updated October 6, 2018 14:00 (18:00 UTC) - The First Delta A220 (CSeries) as now completed its First Flight... Follow it live here: https://www.flightradar24.com/BBA510/1e1ecaf4
Updated October 6, 2018 13:55 (17:55 UTC) - Engine problems are fixed. Takiing for takeoff runway 06 at Mirabel Airport YMX/CYMX...
Updated October 6, 2018 13:10 (17:10 UTC) - Because of an engine related problem after its high speed taxi test first Delta A220 msn 50020 is currently being fixed and it looks like that its first flight will not be happening until tomorrow, Sunday, October 7, 2018. Stay tuned...
Updated October 6, 2018 9:30am (13:30 UTC) - It is happening at the moment, the first Delta A220/CSeries is taxiing to runway 06 at Mirabel Airport for the usual high speed test. It will be returning for a quick inspection and back to the runway for doing its first flight. Stay Tuned on twitter https://www.twitter.com/theFliegerfaust. You can see its live position now at https://www.flightradar24.com/BBA510/1e1ecaf4
Updated October 3, 2018 8:05 am (12:05 UTC) - Weather information at bottom of article.
Updated October 3, 2018 14:44 (18:44 UTC) - Weather below requirements for a first test flight. Reported to maybe tomorrow October 4.
Updated October 5, 2018 9:35 am (13:35 UTC) - The first flight could not be done on October 3 as planned due to the weather. On October 4 was the first flight of SWISS A220-300 MSN 55044 instead. Expect the actual First Flight of the First DELTA A220 to be happening tomorrow, Saturday, October 6, 2018.
Delta First A220 (CSeries) First Flight – MSN 50020 - October 3, 2018
Tomorrow morning, October 3, is scheduled the first flight of the first A220 aircraft to be delivered to Delta airline.
This will also be the first A220 aircraft delivery to a customer located in the United States.
Delta still remains the only US airline with a "firm" order (Jet Blue signed a Memorandum of Understanding on July 10, 2018 for 60 aircraft but we heard nothing since).
First Delta Airbus A220 / CSeries at its first take off. Location is Mirabel airport.Photo: Delta
As you might remember, Delta ordered on April 28, 2016, 75 A220-100 aircraft plus an option for 50 more of the same type (conversion of part of the order into the longer A220-300 is also possible). This is still so far, the largest order received for this aircraft model which had Boeing so upset that the US aircraft manufacturer decided to start a war against Bombardier Inc. of Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Boeing was scarred to have to compete in the future with this totally "design from scratch" innovative (but expensive still) aircraft and its future variants against its own 737 product line.
Boeing Huge Mistake
At the end of the day Boeing did a huge mistake pushing the aircraft into the hands of Airbus, adding it to its product line (Boeing refusing the acquiring it themselves and letting Airbus making the aircraft production cost lower) and at the same time losing its grip on the Canadian Government military contracts where Airbus is now the new "King and Savior" in Ottawa.
At the time Delta was planning to take delivery of 15 A220-100 before the end of 2018. This drastically changed with the impossibility of Bombardier, now Airbus, to deliver as fast as promised combined with the war declared by Boeing.
Airbus decided, using funds from Bombardier and the Quebec Government, to build a second A220 aircraft factory but in Mobile, Alabama to help increase the aircraft delivery rate in the US but also in the rest of the world if needs be. This is currently progressing. No change or investment has been announced for the existing factory at Mirabel Airport, near Montreal, Quebec.
The aircraft model bought by Delta is the A220-100 (formerly known as CSeries CS100). Delta version is configured for 110 passengers and with In Flight Internet using Internet communication link up from Gogo Inc. This is the first A220 aircraft to be delivered with an Internet access that can be used by the passengers. The A220 aircraft do have an Internet sub system but that is for the use of the flight crew only when on ground.
Tomorrow morning, after the pre-delivery test pilots will have completed the high speed taxi test followed by a return to the factory to let the brakes cool down and some other verification, Delta first A220 will be performing its first pre-delivery test flight. In fact the pilots might be doing the high speed test tonight and be ready quicker for tomorrow
In a few weeks when the aircraft is delivered to the airline it will be flying from Mirabel airport to joint Delta fleet under the US registration of N101DU.
You should be able to hear live the Mirabel Airport communications with the aircraft prior to its departure using this link https://www.liveatc.net/search/?icao=ymx
Also, you should be able to follow in real time the flight looking for Mirabel Airport (enter CYMX) using web site and applications such as Flightradar24, Plane Finder, Flightaware… Look for BBA510. Follow on Twitter @TheFlightfaust and Fliegerfaust Facebook page for an ongoing update.
You can see its live position now at: https://www.flightradar24.com/BBA510/1e1ecaf4
All this is weather and test result dependent. If the weather is not to the level expected for a first flight it will be reported later in the day or the following days.
Sylvain Faust, Fliegerfaust
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Update: According to the current weather forecast for Mirabel Airport YMX/CYMX the flight should not be happening today. Stay tuned to Fliegerfaust and subscribe to the free newsletter to be kept informed!