Airbus has revealed the A220-100 and A220-300 – formerly Bombardier’s C Series (CS100 and CS300) – after it took a controlling stake in the Canadian aircraft manufacturer.
A ceremony was held at its Henri-Ziegler Delivery Centre, near Toulouse to mark the occasion attended by Airbus employees and members of the global news media, the A220-300 landed wearing its new Airbus name and colours.
The A220 family comprises two models, the A220-100 and A220-300, formerly Bombardier’s C Series (CS100 and CS300). The aircraft are fully optimised for the 100 to 150 seat market and perfectly complement Airbus’ existing best-selling A320neo family.
Airbus president commercial aircraft, Guillaume Faury said: “Everyone at Airbus has been looking forward to this historic moment. Today, we are thrilled to welcome the A220 to the Airbus family and are honoured to see it wearing its new Airbus colours for the first time.
“I pay tribute to all the women and men at Bombardier and the supply chain who have strived over the past years to bring this fantastic aircraft to the world. The A220 now enters a new phase in its career with all Airbus’ resources behind it to further its commercial success worldwide.”
Airbus chief commercial officer, Eric Schulz added: “We are enthusiastic about selling the A220 thanks in particular to its technology which gives it a decisive edge in a very competitive market.
“I have received a lot of positive feedback from customers regarding the aircraft’s outstanding passenger experience, its lower fuel burn, lower weight and quieter engines. All these reasons contribute to my optimism that Airbus will support to make the A220 a great commercial success.”