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First signs of the A220-300 at Air Canada

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Cseries production list shows Air Canada as getting s/n 55067.

Soon enough it will be airborne...

s/n 55053 a Baltic machine is already flying. 

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Airbus is adding two tonnes to each A220 model, extending their range by about 450 nm. It will take about a year before the first higher gross weight aircraft are built, so most of AC's order will likely be the HGW version.

 

https://airwaysmag.com/manufacturer/a220-gets-capacity-range-increases/

 

TOULOUSE — Airbus has increased both the maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of the A220 aircraft, as well as its range by an additional 450 nautical miles.

This news was announced earlier today at the Airbus Innovation Days event in Toulouse, France.

The A220 will see an increase of 2,268 kg (2.3 metric tonnes) in its MTOW, which Airbus says will now enhance the A220-100 and A220-300 aircraft with a new range of 3,400 and 3,350 nautical miles, respectively.

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The new increase in both weight and rage will allow A220 customers to deploy the aircraft across more routes around the globe, giving them the flexibility to increase their route network to further destinations while offering better cost per seat. 

Airbus Chief Commercial Officer Christan Scherer said today that “this new MTOW will allow operators to reach markets where they today cannot be served by other small single-aisle aircraft types.”

While this remains speculation the new MTOW weight of the A220 could encourage British Airways to revive its ultra-premium London City – New York service with the A220-100. 

The increase in the MTOW has been brought to Airbus with their new innovation and new design models. 

The introduction of Virtual Reality for aircraft designers and engineers has allowed Airbus as with many other companies around the world to look and assess problems that the aircraft have to make them not only more efficient but increase their capability for their customers.

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Rob Dewar, Head of Engineering & Customer Support for the A220, noted that since the plane’s entry-into-service close to three years ago, “the A220 aircraft has proven that it is meeting or beating its initial performance target, bringing more flexibility and revenue potential to customers.”

“Today, Airbus is reinforcing its confidence in the A220 platform and further enhancing its capabilities to meet upcoming market requirements,” Dewar added.

The A220, formerly known as Bombardier CSeries, was a clean sheet aircraft designed by Canadian manufacturer Bombardier, from which Airbus purchased a 51% stake in the program last year.

The acquisition of this aircraft program has allowed Airbus to close the market gap they were missing in their fleet range, right in between the Airbus A318 and A319.

During a live Q&A with Airbus Chief Commercial Officer, Christian Scherer and associated members of the press, he was asked what the future plans where for Airbus in regards to the ramp up in production of the A320 and A220, and what future that the A319neo would have when the A220-300 is a slightly more efficient version of the aircraft, with similar ranges and passenger capacity. “Airbus will build what the customers want, we will continue with production of the A220 and A319neo and offer both aircraft to our customers around the globe,” Scherer responded. 

The CCO went on to talk about the A220 and A320 production increase to which he stated that the manufacturer is looking to increase the A320 production to 63 aircraft a month and that for now they were only looking at adding a second production line to the A220 aircraft and are not looking at increasing that in the immediate future.

 

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Seems that the plant has been active for quite some time

POWERFUL CATALYST FOR GROWTH’

Airbus manufactures A320 Family aircraft in Mobile, and last month delivered its 100th Alabama-built plane to Frontier Airlines. It also operates an engineering center in Mobile, as well as producing helicopters and satellites elsewhere in the U.S.

Mobile Factory Tour

https://www.businessinsider.com/airbus-mobile-alabama-factory-tour-a320-american-delta-jetblue-2019-1

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1 hour ago, Marshall said:

 

Seems that the plant has been active for quite some time

POWERFUL CATALYST FOR GROWTH’

Airbus manufactures A320 Family aircraft in Mobile, and last month delivered its 100th Alabama-built plane to Frontier Airlines. It also operates an engineering center in Mobile, as well as producing helicopters and satellites elsewhere in the U.S.

Mobile Factory Tour

https://www.businessinsider.com/airbus-mobile-alabama-factory-tour-a320-american-delta-jetblue-2019-1

Okay thanks. I was aware of the A320 line but didn’t know they were already producing the A220. I suppose it didn’t take a lot of time to add it to there facility. 

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 According to the ABCDlist production list,  there are now more A220s than Cseries aircraft. 

37 Cseries,  40 A220s.

Three more deliveries in the last year,  than in all previous production.

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4 minutes ago, Tango Foxtrot said:

 According to the ABCDlist production list,  there are now more A220s than Cseries aircraft. 

37 Cseries,  40 A220s.

Three more deliveries in the last year,  than in all previous production.

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Canadas Aerospace industry has always been very strong on design but lacking on execution.  Bombardier has long been at the forefront but generally slow to get production moving.

We have the capability and competencies to do better.  We should o back to designing world class aircraft civilian and military instead of relying on other countries for this.

 

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16 hours ago, boestar said:

Canadas Aerospace industry has always been very strong on design but lacking on execution.  Bombardier has long been at the forefront but generally slow to get production moving.

We have the capability and competencies to do better.  We should o back to designing world class aircraft civilian and military instead of relying on other countries for this.

 

It's a nice sentiment but until they divest themselves from Quebecois leadership it will never happen. History has proven that most anything coming out of Quebec will have everything from political influence to outright bald faced corruption. Sad state of affairs really.

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we dont have to do it in Quebec.  Expertise is mobile.

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2 hours ago, boestar said:

we dont have to do it in Quebec.  Expertise is mobile.

But would the Federal Funding follow? 

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This is a silly discussion. Yes, Bombardier has had a lot of execution errors, but don't discount the successes. The Q400 has sold extremely well, the CRJ defined the category, and now the CSeries/A220 is headed for strong commercial success. On the biz jet side, the new Global 7500/8000 long range series was quietly developed without the big promissory misses of the CSeries and is also looking like a big winner for the Canadian aerospace sector. So yes, by all means, criticize Bombardier for its failures, but at least have the intellectual rigour to also acknowledge its outright successes. 

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I agree with you that Bombardier is a successful Aerospace manufacturer and engineering company but fiscal management was never their strong point.  The Canadian taxpayer propped the company up when they had trouble supporting themselves.

The point of Maverick post was that anywhere else in Canada those subsidies may not have been available.

My original point is that we could very well have a Boeing, Airbus, Saab etc sized company in Canada producing  aircraft in a broader category.  Viking has done a great job bringing back the workhorses of the north as truly Canadian Aircraft.  Bombardier is producing a world leading business jet fleet in a very competative market.  Diamond is building a solid training aircraft.  Why can we not build our own SAR aircraft or even (This will start a fight) a truly canadian fighter designed by and for Canadians.  We made the mistake of getting out of that business a long time ago but we are ripe to do it again.

Look at the F-35, Canadian companies are supplying a crap load of the technology and equipment for that thing and we get no praise for that.

We are as you said dagger good at it (bombardier) so why don't we do more of it?

 

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The major problem with "a truly Canadian fighter designed by and for Canadians" is that unless our allies are super friendly we would not have access to the technology necessary for any interface with their fighters, mind you except for NATO I don't think that would be a big handicap if our fighter was only intended to defend our shores and territorial waters.  Just then imagine the cost savings if we did not have a need to deploy our fighters overseas. Hmmmm 
 

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  • Air France-KLM signs for up to 120 A220s

Air

  • 30 July, 2019
  • SOURCE: Flight Dashboard
  • BY: Lewis Harper
  • London

Air France-KLM has signed for up to 120 Airbus A220-300s as part of a fleet renewal plan disclosed today.

The airline group says the commitment comprises 60 firm aircraft, plus 30 options and 30 acquisition rights. Airbus labels the 60-unit portion of the deal as a memorandum of understanding.

The aircraft will "gradually replace" Air France's A318 and A319 fleet, beginning with the first delivery in September 2021, says Air France-KLM.

"The acquisition of these brand new A220-300s aligns perfectly with Air France–KLM's overall fleet modernisation and harmonisation strategy," states group chief executive Benjamin Smith. "This aircraft demonstrates optimum operational and economic efficiency, and enables us to further improve our environment footprint thanks to the A220's low fuel consumption and reduced emissions."

Smith describes the aircraft as "perfectly adapted" to Air France's domestic and European network.

Cirium's Fleets Analyzer shows Air France has 18 A318s and 33 A319s in service.

Air France-KLM also announced today that all 10 of its Airbus A380s will be retired by 2022, and that it has launched a study aimed at identifying replacements.

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