“The delivery of the first U.S.-built A220-300 is a historic moment that highlights Airbus’ growing industrial footprint in North America and makes us all extremely proud,” said C. Jeffrey Knittel, chairman and CEO Airbus Americas Inc. “We look forward to seeing passengers delighted by the experience of travelling on board this brand new A220-300 proudly built in Mobile, Alabama.”
Airbus broke ground on the Mobile A220 Final Assembly Line in January 2019 and began A220 production in August 2019. The inaugural flight of this aircraft took place in June.
“Handing over the first U.S-assembled aircraft to a U.S.-based customer is a real point of pride for the A220 program,” said Philippe Balducchi, leading the A220 program. “This delivery is the first of many to come and shows the strong collaborative spirit between the A220 Program teams globally.”
Delta Air Lines is the largest A220 customer, with a total of 95 A220 aircraft on order, and will be the first A220 operator in the Americas to be operating both A220-100 and A220-300 aircraft types.
The A220 is the quietest, cleanest and most eco-friendly aircraft in its category with a 50% reduced noise and 25% lower fuel burn per seat.