- On Thursday, the Airbus
A220 jetliner official entered commercial service in North
America with Delta
- The A220 began life as the Bombardier
C Series but was rebranded after the program was taken over by
- The state-of-the-art Canadian jetliner was also the
subject of a trade dispute launched by Boeing in
- Delta’s first A220s finally entered service with
flights from New York to Boston and Dallas.
On Thursday, the Airbus A220 jetliner official entered
commercial service in North America with Delta Air Lines.
Delta’s relationship with the A220, then known as the Bombardier
C Series, started in 2016 when
the carrier announced an order for 75 of the jetliners in a
deal with as much as $5.6 billion at the time. The order made
Delta the plane’s North American launch customer.
In April 2017, Boeing filed a complaint with US Commerce
Department and the US International Trade Commission alleging that
the Delta C Series order was only made possible by abnormally low
prices supported by Canadian government subsidies.
The US International Trade Commission agreed and in September of
that year recommended a 219.63% tariff. A week later, the Commerce
Department added another 79.82% tariff.
Bombardier and Delta both argued that Boeing’s business couldn’t
have been hurt by the deal simply because Boeing didn’t actually
have a product in its lineup similar in capacity to the C
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
Less than one month after the tariff was announced, Bombardier
handed 50.01% of its prized airliner program to Airbus with
zero upfront cash investment coming from the European aviation
In the summer of 2018, the Bombardier C Series was officially
rebranded the Airbus A220.
So what’s all the fuss about?
The A220 is a state-of-the-art single-aisle airliner. The
Canadian-built jet is a clean sheet design and incorporates the
latest in commercial aviation technology including a carbon
composite fuselage and fuel-sipping Pratt & Whitney geared
In fact, the plane which entered service with SWISS in 2016, has
earned praise from its operators for its exceptional fuel
The A220 lives in the 100 to 150-seat airliner market. It’s a
segment of the market place that Airbus and Boeing had effectively
abandoned for the past decade.
So, nearly three years, a trade dispute, and a name change
later, the jet is finally ready to fly with Delta Air Lines.
Here’s a closer look at the inaugural flight of Delta’s Airbus
After three years of waiting, it was finally time for the first
commercial flight of Delta’s new Airbus A220. Delta’s first A220
service, Flight 744, from New York LaGuardia to Boston Logan was
set to take off at 6 am. To be safe, we arrived at the airport
shortly after 4 am. So early that neither the Delta counter…
… Nor the Transportation Security Administration checkpoint were
open for business.
After 20 minutes of waiting, we quickly made it through the
security checkpoint and to the gate.
See the rest of the story at Business Insider
Source: FS – All-Travel destinations-News
We flew on the new Delta Airbus jet that Boeing tried to keep out of the US to see if it lives up to the hype. Here's the verdict. (DAL)