By Bjorn Fehrm
July 10, 2018, © Leeham News.: Airbus launched its new A220 aircraft family today in Toulouse. The event took place at the Airbus Delivery Center at Blagnac airport with the World’s Media invited.
The Bombardier CS100 is now A220-100 and the CS300 is A220-300. The name of the newly branded family was revealed with a flyover of a
CS300, sorry, A220-300 painted in Airbus colors and with the A220-300 name on the side.
We will come back with more in-depth articles about the A220-100 and A220-300 and how they fit into the Airbus family. For now, here are some pictures with comments from today’s event.
The CSeries CS300 becomes Airbus A220-300. The aircraft was painted in Airbus colors and given its final name a few days before the event.
Captain was Andy Litavniks, the Bombardier test pilot who was my Copilot when I test-flew the CS300 A220-300 18 months ago. Andy wore an Airbus shirt and cap so guess he is part of the A220 joint venture now.
With the CSeries joining the Airbus camp and Embraer Commercial forming a similar joint venture with Boeing, the civil airliner market goes into a new phase. July 2018 will be a point in history for the airliner industry.