Things You Don't Know About The First Delta A220 / CSeries
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October 9, 2018 - 9:45 (13:45 UTC) - Quebec, Canada
The first Delta A220 that made its maiden flight Saturday October 6 is a "First" in many ways, many that you don't know yet…
This brand new aircraft did its first pre-delivery test flight 3 days ago, it is the first A220 to be delivered to Delta Air Lines.
Formerly known as the CSeries, this is a totally new aircraft, designed from scratch by Bombardier of Montreal, Quebec, now under the total control of Airbus. This happened in a transaction where Bombardier and the Quebec Government (co-shareholders of the aircraft) sold just over 50% of the aircraft program assets and intellectual property plus an additional $1 billion in future expenses, all this for $0 to Airbus.
In exchange, Airbus took total control of everything. First action was to rename the CSeries. It became the A220 eliminating all traces to the CSeries name and its creator Bombardier. The aircraft factory built at Mirabel Airport near Montreal, Quebec, Canada is also part of the transaction where you can now read Airbus" on its outside walls. Bombardier still has its name on the factory building (with smaller characters) for the time being since this factory is also the location where the Bombardier CRJ aircraft are assembled.
Bombardier is now "borrowing space from Airbus" until the assembly of the CRJ is moved to its new location. Bombardier is still producing the CRJ-700, CRJ-900 and CRJ-1000 aircraft. Maybe you should read about the new Airbus A100.
Here is the interesting part about this first Delta A220, it has many "First" for itself!
- It is the first A220/CSeries aircraft to be delivered… In a real "dual class" seat configuration (see pictures below). Configured in 109 passengers and 3 lavatories, this is 97 seats in economy and 12 seats in business class.
- It is the first A220/CSeries aircraft to be delivered… With inflight Internet satellite service for its passenger. See the radome above the fuselage at the rear of the aircraft. (Delta selected Gogo Inc. technologies)
- It is the first A220-100/CSeries CS100 aircraft to be delivered… With 3 lavatories instead of 2 as all the other A220-100 delivered before. One in the front and 2 at the rear. Delta will be offering three restrooms in an aircraft with 109 passengers. That will be a difference compared with the new American Airlines Boeing 737MAX. Read all the complaints about its tiny lavatory: "Boeing 737MAX Lavatory - "You Can't Get In Them" says Flight Attendant"
- It is the first A220/CSeries aircraft to be delivered… With "in-flight entertainment" (IFE). See the screen located at the back of its seat on the photo? This is also a first for the A220. Gogo is also the system provider. (side note: the A220 also has another Internet/IFE certified provider, it is Panasonic Avionics. Both Air Tanzania A220-300 aircraft, already well advanced on the production line and be delivered soon, are equipped with the Panasonic system instead. Korean Air is also using Panasonic on their A220-300 but no Internet).
Interior of the first Delta A220 Airbus aircraft before its delivery
Delta Air Lines really knows how to leverage even higher the A220 passenger experience when it is already known that this new aircraft offers a wider aisle, wider windows, noiseless flights, larger overheard bin, large lavatory (do you know how many flight attendants can fit in one A220 lavatory? See the answer here).
But, what does Delta has in mind with their A220-100 configured in 109 passengers and 3 lavatories, this is 97 seats in economy and 12 seats in business class, full entertainment system? Could Delta be planning to use the A220 on some longer route? Anyhow, Delta took the good decision to go with Bombardier CSeries, now Airbus A220, instead of the solutions pushed by Embraer and Boeing, especially for that price!(do you know how much they paid each A220?)
Sylvain Faust, Fliegerfaust
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