- Last Thursday, Delta
Air Lines debuted its Airbus
A220 jetliner on flights from New York to Boston and
- The A220 began life as the Bombardier
C Series but was rebranded after Airbus took
over the program.
- We flew in the plane’s economy cabin during the launch
flight. Then we went back to experience the Delta Airbus A220’s
Last Thursday, Delta Air Lines debuted its Airbus A220 jetliner
on flights from New York to Boston and Dallas.
It was a long-awaited US debut for the Canadian airliner. The
airline had planned to introduce its A220 fleet at the end of
January but was forced to delay the inaugural flight because of the
lack of federal regulators during the government shutdown.
The A220 — a next-generation, 100-to-150-seat,
carbon-composite airliner — entered service with Swiss and Air
Baltic in 2016. Delta is the first in the Americas to operate the
plane on commercial flights.
Unlike the larger Boeing 737 Max and Airbus A320neo families,
the A220 is a clean-sheet design, meaning it’s not based on an
The A220 started life in 2004 when Canada’s Bombardier, the
maker of private jets and small regional aircraft, decided it was
time to make the jump into the big leagues.
By the early 2010s, Bombardier’s new jet had run into
developmental delays, and the resulting financial trouble forced
the company to take a
$1 billion bailout from the Quebec government in 2015.
In 2016, Bombardier booked an order for 75 C Series jets from
Delta. One year later, Boeing filed a complaint with US Commerce
Department and the US International Trade Commission alleging that
the Delta C Series order was made possible only by abnormally low
prices supported by Canadian government subsidies.
In total, Bombardier and Delta faced a 299.45% tariff on any
Canadian-built C Series plane exported to the US. Facing the
possibility of losing the most important order in the C Series
program’s history, Bombardier turned to Boeing’s greatest foe,
Less than a month after the tariff was announced,
Bombardier handed 50.01% of its prized airliner program to
Airbus with zero up-front cash investment coming from the
European aviation giant.
In the summer of 2018, the Bombardier C Series was officially
rebranded as the Airbus A220. This January, Delta ordered 15
additional A220s, bringing the airline’s tally to 90 aircraft.
Business Insider had the chance to experience the A220’s economy
cabin on its first flight with Delta. Now we are experiencing the
plane again, this time in first class.
Here’s a closer look.
Last Thursday, Delta launched its A220 service with a 6 a.m. flight
from New York’s LaGuardia Airport to Boston.
We had a chance to try the plane’s economy cabin, which impressed
us with its roomy seats.
After a couple of hours in Boston, it was time to return to New
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Source: FS – All-Travel destinations-News
We flew in first class on the Delta Airbus jet that Boeing tried to keep out of the US. Here's what it was like. (DAL)