Airbus yesterday celebrated their 100th A220 produced during a ceremony at the aircraft programme’s headquarters in Mirabel, Canada. The aircraft was an A220-300 and is owned by the Latvian airline, airBaltic. This new aircraft features a new and comfortable cabin layout with 149 seats plus a modernised livery.
The A220 was initially designed and delivered as the Bombardier C Series, the A220 is the only aircraft purpose built for the 100-150 seat market. Fitted with the latest generation Pratt & Whitney’s PW1500G geared turbofan engines the aircraft offers atleast 20 percent lower fuel burn per seat compared to previous generation aircraft.
The state of the art advanced materials and aerodynamics of the aircraft significantly lowers emmisions and a reduced nouse footprint and offeres the performance of larger single-aisle aircraft.
airBaltic recieved the first ever A220-300 three years ago on the 28th November 2016 and then reordered the same aircraft twice. This brings the total orders to 50 aircraft making airBaltic the current biggest European A220 customer of which 20 aircraft are comprised of the A220-300.
Looking more at the PW1500G the technical data of the fan states the engine is capable of 19,000 to 25,000 pounds of thrust, powered by at 73 inch fan diameter with a bypass ratio of 12:1. They state that there is a double digit reduction in fuel consumption, 75% reduction in noise footprint and a 50% reduction in NOx emissions. Internally the engine has 1 Fan, FDGS gearing, 3 LPC Stages, 8 HPC Stages, 2 HPT Stages and 3 LPT Stages.
This great news for Airbus and also for airBaltic raising their presence and competivity in what at the moment is a tough market. See the launch video below
Source – Airbus