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A glimpse of the first Air Vanuatu Airbus A220-300

Matthew Lee a photographer in Montréal to has published photos of the new Air Vanuatu Airbus A220-300 outside the production line, saying it is getting close to delivery.

According to Wikipedia, the Airbus A220 is a family of narrow-bodytwin-engine, medium-range jet airliners. The airliner was designed by Bombardier Aerospace and originally marketed as the Bombardier CSeries. Bombardier sold the CSeries airliner program to Airbus and it is now owned by Airbus Canada Limited Partnership, a joint venture between Airbus and the Quebec government’s investment arm Investissement Québec.

The 108 to 133-seat A220-100 (originally named CS100) made its maiden flight on 16 September 2013, was awarded an initial type certification by Transport Canada on 18 December 2015, and entered service on 15 July 2016 with Swiss Global Air Lines. The 130- to 160-seat A220-300 (originally named CS300) first flew on 27 February 2015, received an initial type certification on 11 July 2016, and entered service with launch customer airBaltic on 14 December 2016. Early operators recorded better-than-expected fuel burn and dispatch reliability, as well as positive feedback from passengers and crew.

Airbus acquired a 50.01% majority stake in the CSeries program in October 2017, with the deal closing in July 2018. As part of the deal, Bombardier retained a 31% stake in the aircraft and Investissement Québec 19%. In August 2019, Airbus opened a second assembly line for the aircraft at its Mobile, Alabama factory. In February 2020, Bombardier exited the programme; Airbus increased its share to 75% while Investissement Québec held the 25% balance.

Air Vanuatu did mention on their website that the first A220-300 aircraft will arrive in July 2020, the 300 series offering a 2 class configuration of Business and Economy.

The second A220 will be the first of the 100 series, offering a two-class configuration of Business and Economy, with a capacity of 108 seats, will arrive in Nov 2020. This aircraft will primarily, fly around the South-West Pacific.

The A220 are offering some of the lowest carbon emissions per passenger, these aircraft, expected on Air Vanuatu’s routes in 2020, are some of the quietest airliners in service today and Air Vanuatu said they are thrilled to offer guests an even more comfortable international service within the next year.