Airbus A220

Background Engines Development Variants History Design Operators Specifications

MAX Seating Capacity (-300)



Fuel Capacity (-100)

21,805 L


Max Engine Thrust (-100)

84.1–103.6 kN (18,900–23,300 lbf)


Service Ceiling

41,000 ft (12,497m)

Airbus A220 with SWISS.


Customers, according to John Leahy, chose to compete actively against the CSeries rather than ignore it like Boeing did with Airbus. In head-to-head competition, Airbus lowered the price of the A320, successfully banning Bombardier from multiple negotiations. Airbus stated in October 2015 that it had turned down Bombadier's bid to buy a controlling stake in the CSeries programme. On the same day, the Quebec government announced a CA$1 billion investment in the corporation to help salvage the ailing programme. The Canadian government then announced a package of interest-free loans worth CA$372.5 million for the corporation, with the programme receiving one-third of the total. Bombardier is said to have requested a $1 billion bailout package from the Canadian government in April 2016.

YL-CSC Airbus A220-300 airBaltic FRA 2019-08-10 (29a), photo from flickr by Marvin Mutz


Photo By Marvin Mutz on Flickr.

The new Pratt & Whitney PW1000G engine is expected to save 12 percent on gasoline compared to conventional planes. A new combustor liner has been designed with a 6,000–8,000 hour restriction. Transport Canada issued an emergency airworthiness directive (EAD) in 2019 after three in-flight engine failures, restricting the power to 94 percent of N1. Because the PW1500G mount puts less load on the turbine rotor assembly than the PW1100G mount on the A320neo, it doesn't have start-up or bearing issues, but it does have early combustor deterioration.

Delta's Airbus A220 found on flickr by Delta News HubFollow


Photo By Delta News HubFollow on Flickr.

The CS100 took to the skies for the first time on September 16, 2013, from Mirabel Airport. Due to certification testing concerns, the anticipated entry-into-service date was pushed back to the second half of 2015. In May 2014, one of the four FTVs experienced an uncontained engine failure. Bombardier was unable to present the CSeries at one of the biannual Farnborough Airshows due to the issue. As a result, flight testing was put on hold until the inquiry was concluded. Bombardier had predicted 315 annual deliveries of 100- to 150-seat airliners from 2008 to 2027 when the programme began, but in the first 10.5 years, the six types offered (B737-700, A318/A319, CS100/CS300, and E195) averaged less than 80 each year.

Bombardier CS100 C-FFCO, photo from flickr by Riik@mctr


Photo By Riik@mctr on Flickr.

The A220-100, which includes the ACJ TwoTwenty business jet, and the A220-300, which is 3.4 metres longer, are the two primary variations. Their near-universal compatibility enables for a shared spare component inventory, lowering investment and maintenance expenses.

ACJ TwoTwenty :

The A220-100 corporate jet has a range of 10,460 kilometres and a cabin space of 73 m2 for 18 people. The first shipment is scheduled for 2023.

N3058J - Airbus A220-300 - JetBlue Airways, photo from flickr by Colin Brown


Photo By Colin Brown on Flickr.

As of December 2021, the A220 family has had no deaths or hull loss accidents.

Engine Incidents

Swiss International Air Lines temporarily pulled its fleet for inspection after three in-flight shutdowns in July, September, and October 2019.

Air Baltic (Estonian Flag Livery), YL-CSJ, Airbus A220-300, photo from flickr by Anna Zvereva


Photo By Anna Zvereva on Flickr.

Bombardier designed the Airbus A220 series of narrow-body aircraft as part of the CSeries programme. The combination of high-efficiency engines and extensive usage of composite materials results in a 12–15 percent reduction in cash operating expenses. The A220-300 aircraft series from Bombardier Liebherr Aerospace was created with passenger comfort in mind. Composite materials are used extensively in the fuselage and many other components. The type, according to Bombardier, may achieve a 15 percent cheaper seat-mile cost, a 20% lower fuel burn, and a CO2 emissions advantage. Parker Hannifin's flight control, fuel, and hydraulics systems; Liebherr Aerospace's air management system; and United Technologies Corporation's air data system, flap, and slat actuation systems are among the avionics and other subsystems. Belfast, Northern Ireland-based Bombardier Aerostructures and Engineering Services (BAES). Bombardier's Manufacturing Centre in Saint-Laurent, Quebec, constructs the aft fuselage and cockpit. Liebherr is responsible for the landing gear and pneumatics; UTC Aerospace is responsible for the electrical system and lighting; Meggitt is responsible for the wheels and brakes; Spirit is responsible for the pylons; Honeywell is responsible for the APU; and PPG is responsible for the windows. By June 2009, the business had allocated 96 percent of billable materials, with the remaining components and systems being assigned to Shenyang Aircraft Corporation for the centre fuselage, Zodiac Aerospace for the interiors, and United Technologies Corporation for the engine nacelles.

EGLF - Airbus A220-300 - C-FFDO, photo by Steve Lynes on Flickr


Photo By Steve Lynes on Flickr.

There were 193 A220 family aircraft in commercial service with 14 operators as of December 2021. Delta Air Lines (51), airBaltic (32), Swiss International Air Lines (30), Air Canada (27) and EgyptAir (28) were the top five airlines (12).


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