Airbus has officially welcomed the Bombardier CSeries range of aircraft into its aircraft family as the Airbus A220.
During a lunchtime event on Tuesday 10 July 2018, the European aircraft manufacturer unveiled the Airbus A220 with a stunning low pass over its facilities in Toulouse, France.
The marketing move by Airbus comes as no surprise, following the manufacturer’s majority stake in the CSeries partnership with Bombardier and Investissement Québec, which came into effect on 1 July 2018.
— Airbus (@Airbus) July 10, 2018
Airbus introduces the A220-100 and A220-300
Québec-born aircraft join the Airbus family
Airbus has revealed the A220 at a ceremony held at its Henri-Ziegler Delivery Centre, near Toulouse. Witnessed by Airbus employees and members of the global news media, the A220-300 landed directly from the painting at 12:25 am CEST wearing its new Airbus name and colours.
The A220 family comprises two models, the A220-100 and A220-300, formerly Bombardier Inc.’s C Series (CS100 and CS300). The aircraft are fully optimized for the 100 to 150 seat market and perfectly complement Airbus’ existing best-selling A320neo family.
“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,” said Guillaume Faury, Airbus President Commercial Aircraft, “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.”
Eric Schulz, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer, 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.”
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Toulouse / Mirabel, Tuesday 10th July 2018