Airbus has confirmed that from H2 2020, its
popular A220 Family
aircraft - formerly the Bombardier C Series, will be able to fly
further than ever before.
The maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of the A220
increase by 2,268 kg (2.3 metric tonnes), increasing the respective maximum range capabilities to 3,350 nm for
the A220-300 and 3,400 nm for the A220-100, some 450 nm more than
The current basic MTOW is
60.8 t for the A220-100 and 67.6 t for the A220-300. With the
new MTOW increase of 2.3 t, the respective aircraft’s MTOW will be
brought up at 63.1 t for the A220-100 and 69.9 for the A220-300.
“In true Airbus tradition we improve our
products constantly,” said Christian Scherer, Chief Commercial
Officer, Airbus. “This new MTOW will allow operators to reach
markets which today cannot be served by other small single-aisle
The performance increase will allow airlines to tap
into new routes that were not possible before, connecting key
cities in Western Europe with the Middle East or from Southeast
Asia to Australia.
The A220 is powered by Pratt & Whitney’s
latest-generation PW1500G geared turbofan engines.
“Since its entry-into-service close to three
years ago, the A220 aircraft has already proven that it is meeting
or beating its initial performance targets, bringing more
flexibility and revenue potential to customers,” said Rob Dewar,
Head of Engineering & Customer Support for the A220. “Today,
Airbus is reinforcing its confidence in the A220 platform and
further enhancing its capabilities to meet upcoming market
With an order
book of over 530 aircraft to date, the A220 has all the
credentials to win the lion’s share of the 100- to 150-seat
aircraft market, estimated to represent 7,000 aircraft over the
next 20 years.