Airbus A220 Airliner Spotting Guide
The A220 Series single-aisle, narrow-body jetliner designed by Bombardier and now being marketed by Airbus is optimized for the 100-150 seat market segment. It includes the A220-100 and A220-300 models. Both models share the same height, wingspan and fuselage diameter. The A220-300 can fly an extra 230 miles. The two aircraft have over 95% parts commonality, and share the same type rating.
Deliveries began in 2016, with Swiss Air, AirBaltic and Korean Air Lines among the initial operators. Production facilities are in Mirabel, Canada, with future production also in Mobile, Alabama.
The design is 100% new, from nose to tail. The C Series aircraft contains a high proportion of composite materials; it features 70% advanced materials comprising 46% composite materials and 24% aluminium-lithium.
The main landing gear units retract inward, wile the nose gear retracts rearward. Each unit is twin-wheeled, for a total of six wheels on the plane.
One engine is mounted under each wing in the C Series aircraft, and the wings feature winglets on the ends. Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1000G engines are used.
The A220 cabin was designed to provide the widest seats on a single-aisle aircraft, the largest windows and up to 30% more carry-on bags.
The cabin features large windows, and large, rotating overhead storage bins allowing each passenger to stow a sizeable carry-on bag overhead. LED lighting can be changed as the airline dictates.
|A220 Model|| Overall
|A220-100||114' 9"||108 - 135||3,100nm|
|A220-300||127' 0"||130 - 160||3,300nm|
Agreement Between Bombardier and Airbus on the C Series
In October of 2017 Airbus and Bombardier announced a new C Series partnership. Under the agreement, Airbus will provide procurement, sales, marketing, and customer support expertise to the C Series program.
It is reported that the primary C Series assembly line will remain in Quebec, with some orders for the C Series to be assembled at the Airbus plant in Mobile, Alabama.
The C Series Becomes the Airbus A220
In July of 2018, Airbus completed its acquisition of the C Series, and renamed the two airliners the A220-100 and A220-300.
Read the News Release from Airbus for details - The A220: A fresh livery, and integrated in Airbus' jetliner family
As of the end of June, 2019, a total of 551 A220s have been ordered.
Airbus A220 Spotting Tips
Shown below is a side-by-side comparison of the the Airbus A220-100 and 220-300, with its two engines mounted under the wings, winglets, two dual-wheel main landing gear and four-piece windshield. Each model shares the same wingspan, fuselage width and height. The C Series design includes two cabins doors on each side of the fuselage, and one emergency exit over the wing.
The 220-100 features 12 windows in front of the emergency exit, while the 220-300 has 16-17 windows.
| Airbus A220-100 (top) and A220-300 (bottom) prototypes in Bombardier markings
|Bombardier CS100 / Airbus A220-100 on a landing approach
|AirBaltic Airbus A220-300|
|Interior view of the spacious Airbus A220|
|Large windows and seating arrangement in the Airbus A220|
|Delta Air Lines has placed an order for 75 A220-100 airliners. Shown below is a rendition of a A220 in Delta livery|
|Delta Air Lines A220-100 airliner fresh out of the paint hanger in September of 2018. The aircraft was inducted into the Delta fleet on October 26, 2018. (Photo courtesy of Delta Air Lines)|
|Delta Air Lines A220-100, registration N114DU, awaits takeoff at the DFW Airport (June, 2019)|
Comparing the Airbus A220 Series to Similar Airliners
The cockpit windshield configuration (side view) of the Airbus A220 compared with the Airbus A350 and Boeing 787
|The configuration of the cockpit windshield (front view), on the Airbus A220 with its 4-piece windshield. For comparison, the windshields of the Airbus A350 and Boeing 787 are also shown.|
|The chart below shows a side-by-side comparison of the Airbus A220-100 (top) and the Embraer E175 (below)|