Airbus has delivered its first US-assembled A220 to Delta Air Lines.
The aircraft was assembled in Mobile, Alabama, and marks a “new era in Airbus aircraft production in the US”, according to the manufacturer.
“The delivery is a historic moment that highlights Airbus’ growing industrial footprint in North America and makes us all extremely proud,” said Airbus Americas’ chairman and chief executive officer C. Jeffrey Knittel. “We look forward to seeing passengers delighted by the experience of travelling on board this new A220-300.”
Production at the Mobile final assembly line officially began in August 2019, with the A220’s inaugural flight taking place in June.
Airbus’ A220 programme leader Philippe Balducchi commented: “Handing over the first US-assembled aircraft to a US-based customer is a real point of pride for the A220 programme.
“This delivery is the first of many to come and shows the strong collaborative spirit between the A220 programme teams globally.”
Airbus says the A220 features a 50 per cent reduced noise footprint compared to previous generation aircraft, as well as 25 per cent lower fuel burn per seat and 50 per cent lower NOx emissions than industry standards. It is also said to offer 25 per cent lower operating costs per seat compared to previous generation aircraft.
As of the end September 2020, 123 A220s have been delivered to seven operators and are being flown on routes in Asia, America, Europe and Africa.