Airbus intends to increase the range of flights of aircraft A220
Airbus intends to increase the range of flights of aircraft A220, this will happen after the certification of an increase in the maximum take-off weight of 2.2 tons, and will increase the range of flights by 833 kilometers. Airbus announced an increase in the flight range of the new A220 aircraft family in the second half of 2020. "This will happen after the certification of an increase in the maximum take-off weight (MTOW) by 2,268 kg, which will increase the range of flights by 450 nautical miles (833 km)," the report said. Thus, the new range of aircraft A220-100 will increase to 3,350 nautical miles (6,204 km), and A220-300 - up to 3,400 nautical miles (6,297 km). The manufacturer intends to achieve improved performance through the full use of the existing structural and systemic capacity, as well as the capacity of the fuel tanks. “The new maximum take-off weight will allow airlines to fly to markets that today cannot be serviced by other small single-aisle aircraft,” said Christian Scherer, commercial director of Airbus. As an example, the manufacturer cited the map with the routes of Dubai-Toulouse, Seoul-Jakarta, Boston-Dublin. According to Airbus, 530 aircraft of the A220 family are currently ordered. Airliners are assembled in the Canadian city of Mirabelle by C Series Aircraft Limited Partnership (CSALP). Previously, A220 aircraft were called Bombardier CS100 and CS300.
The renaming took place after July 1, 2018, Airbus became the owner of a majority share in the CSALP. Airbus now owns a 50.01% stake in CSALP, Bombardier and Investissement Québec own a share of about 31% and 19%, respectively. In accordance with the details of the deal between Airbus and Bombardier, the C Series final assembly line, the research and development center, and the headquarters of the company responsible for the C Series will remain at the current site in the Canadian city of Mirabel. In addition, the C Series will be able to assemble at the Airbus plant in the US city of Mobile, thus avoiding paying protective duties on the delivery of aircraft to American customers.