Delta Air Lines has become the first US carrier to take delivery of the Airbus A220 aircraft after the airline received the aircraft at a ceremony in Mirabel.
Delta’s A220 will enter service in early 2019, making Delta the fourth global airline to operate the aircraft previously known as the Bombardier C Series.
The C Series Aircraft Limited Partnership (CSALP) welcomed Airbus as lead partner earlier this year, prompting the change of name to the Airbus A220. Delta is the largest A220-100 customer, with a firm order for 75 aircraft.
Delta chief executive, Ed Bastian said: “We have big plans for our A220 fleet and are confident that Delta customers and Delta people alike will be delighted with the in-flight experience provided by this thoroughly modern and efficient aircraft.
“We value our longstanding partnerships with Airbus and Bombardier and are grateful for the great design and manufacturing work done by the team here in Mirabel.”
With an order book of over 400 aircraft to date, Airbus said the A220 has all the credentials to win the lion’s share of the 100 to 150-seat aircraft market, estimated to represent at least 7,000 aircraft over the next 20 years.
As of the end of September, Delta was operating a fleet of 235 Airbus aircraft, including 182 A320s, as well as 42 A330s and 11 A350s. The airline has more than 275 additional Airbus aircraft on order. Next year, Delta will become the first US airline to operate the new Airbus A330neo.