First Look: Delta Takes Delivery of Airbus 220

Following the delivery of its first Airbus A220-100 last week, Delta Air Lines shared a sneak peek of the new aircraft’s spacious (for a regional jet) interior- including an unusual lavatory with a window.

The carrier says that the new A220 “will bring elements of the international travel experience that customers have enjoyed on widebody aircraft to domestic routes for customers to enjoy at home.”

Inaugural A220 flights are set to depart on Jan. 31, from Delta’s hub at New York’s LaGuardia airport to Boston Logan International and Dallas-Ft Worth.

At first glance the new plane is reminiscent of Embraer’s spacious “E-jet” regional jets, which have thankfully been replacing those awful Canadair RJs still flown by a handful of carriers on low-volume routes.

Highlights of Delta’s A220-100 include:

  • 109 seats total, including seating for 12 in First Class, 15 in Delta Comfort+ and 82 in Main Cabin
  • Seat-back entertainment screens, in-seat power
  • Satellite Wi-Fi
  • Among the widest economy seats of any narrow-body aircraft (nearly 19 inches across- the widest in Delta’s fleet) configured 5-abreast (2-3)
  • A new first class seat (configured 2-2) with what Delta says is the largest seatback screen in its fleet.
  • High-capacity overhead bins
  • Extra-large windows
  • LED mood lighting

JetBlue recently announced that it would buy up to 60 of these new jets, too.

If “A220” sounds strange to you, it’s because that model number has only been around for a few months. In case you missed it, Airbus recently closed a deal to acquire a majority stake in the newest line of planes being built by the Canadian regional jet manufacturer Bombardier. They were known as the “CS” series – the CS100 and CS300.

Last summer, Airbus pulled rank as the new majority owner and renamed those two models. The 110-seat CS100 became the A220-200 and the 130-seat CS300 is now the A220-300. (Delta has a two-year-old order in place for 75 CS100s, now A220-200s.)

(TravelSkills)

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