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Airbus A220 - Formerly Bombardier CSeries has now been renamed by Airbus
10:58AM (14:53 UTC) - May 26, 2019 - by Sylvain Faust for fliegerfaust.com
One Airbus A220 Just Landed Today in Toulouse, France
Airbus dispatched one of its A220-300 test and demonstration aircraft to Toulouse from its base in Wichita, Kansas yesterday and landed today in Toulouse, France.
FTV8 (Flight Test Vehicle #8), the official name given to this aircraft by Bombardier during the testing and certification phase of the "designed from scratch" CSeries aircraft, the 2nd CSeries model 300 (CS300, not called A220-300) built, msn (manufacturer serial number) 55002, has landed in Toulouse, France earlier today under the flight name BBA508.
The aircraft left Wichita yesterday and did a "pit stop" in Bangor, Maine before continuing its direct flight to Toulouse, France, the Airbus Headquarters, and landed today.
Question is: Why?
As you might already know, Airbus will be celebrating its 50th anniversary this coming week, on May 29 2019. Will I be invited by Airbus?
A celebration is to be expected in Toulouse and Airbus shall be having its entire aircraft models to display… Will we see all the different Airbus aircraft doing a fly over in formation?
We should expect to see this particular A220-300 aircraft to be flying back from Toulouse to its home in Wichita, McConnell Air Force Base airport (IAB/KIAB) few days later still making a stop at Bangor, Maine on its way.
Wichita is the home base of the Bombardier Flight Test Centre team (BFTC) where all of its aircraft testing and certification is being done. Airbus is still relying on Bombardier engineers, aviation and aerospace specialist to test and certify the ongoing changes made to the A220 design.
The A220 is co-owned by Airbus, Bombardier and the government of Quebec. Staring June 1, you will see much more AIRBUS logos around the A220, also on the painted aircraft?
This coming month is also the International Paris Air Show at Le Bourget near Paris. Is Airbus preparing the plate with A220 orders just waiting for this event? How will Boeing be doing while its infamous 737 MAX is still not back in the air taking all the place in the media? Is this a "coincident" that three prominent Boeing commercial aircraft sales executives are retiring just before the famous Air Show?
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The A220 factory is co-owned by Airbus, Bombardier and the government of Quebec
May 25, 2019 - 10:07am (14:07 UTC) - by Sylvain Faust for fliegerfaust.com
Today, and still currently in flight, is the delivery of airBaltic 19th A220.
MSN 55054, a A220-300 is currently en route to Riga in Latvia to join the airBaltic fleet.
The new A220-300 left the Airbus factory located at Mirabel Airport, Quebec, Canada earlier today at 7:25am local time (11:00 UTC). The A220 factory is co-owned by Airbus, Bombardier and the government of Quebec.
You can follow live its flight (location) using the web site flightradar24.com and looking for flight BT9801.
Again today, the next A220 to be delivered to Delta, a A220-100 MSN 50033, is currently doing its last pre-delivery test flight. If all goes well we should see it back in the air doing its "acceptance flight" with Delta representative on-board early this coming week. It is flying under the flight name of BBA513.
You can follow it live here https://www.flightradar24.com/BBA513/20a49d24
Still today, after the flight of BB513 and with the same crew, we shall see the first flight (pre-delivery test flight) of another Delta A220-100, msn 50030, and flying under the flight name BBA510.
Airbus A220 msn (Manufacturer Serial Number) sequences are different for each type of A220 aircraft. All A220-100 (formerly Bombardier CSeries CS100) start with 50xxx and all A220-300 (formerly Bombardier CSeries CS300) start with 55xxx.
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