ANALYSIS: Delta Seizes Opportunities with Airbus A220 Introduction
A220, long time coming: After production delays, a trade war and a government-shutdown-induced certification holdup, Delta finally becomes first airline in Western Hemisphere to fly the A220
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Januray 7, 2019 - by EDWARD RUSSELL for Flightglobal
Delta Air Lines introduced its first Airbus A220 today, ending what was an unexpectedly challenging road to becoming the North American launch operator of the type.
Nearly three years after ordering the A220-100, previously known as the Bombardier CS100, and nearly a year late - plus an extra week's delay for the US federal government shutdown - the Atlanta-based carrier placed the 109-seat aircraft in service between New York LaGuardia and both Boston and Dallas/Fort Worth on 7 February.
"This is one of those chances where the plane makes a lot sense for them," says Helane Becker, an analyst at Cowen, in an interview.
The A220 will allow Delta to upgauge more 76-seat regional jet flying to mainline aircraft, a move it began with the introduction of the 110-seat Boeing 717-200 in 2013, and likely replace some of the 717s down the road.
Network benefits, however, are not the only opportunities with the A220...