Delta Air Lines A-220 airplane took to the skies for its first flight
It will be followed by a series of tests before delivery
Delta Air Lines’ first A-220/100 took off on its first flight from Mirabel airport, Québec, at 02:02 pm local time of last Saturday (October 6). The aircraft was crewed by A-220 programme test pilots. During the successful 2-hour and 53-minute flight, the crew checked the aircraft’s main systems and landed back in Mirabel at 04:55 pm. The flight took place a few days after the aircraft rolled out of the paint shop. Next, the airplane will continue with pre-delivery testing and assembly, as elements of its state-of-the-art interior come together at the A-220 assembly line. Delta’s first plane is scheduled to begin service in early 2019.
The carrier will be the first US airline to operate the A-220 –at the same time becoming the fourth aircraft operator (after Swiss International Air Lines, airBaltic, and Korean Air). Delta is the largest A-220/100 customer, with a firm order for 75 aircraft. The airplane is powered with Pratt & Whitney’s latest-generation PW1500G geared turbofan engines.
With an order book of over 400 aircraft to date, the model is in the 100- to 150-seat aircraft market, estimated to represent at least 7,000 units over the next 20 years.
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