Airbus A220-300 to Visit Vanuatu, AU, NZ, New
Caledonia, PNG, Cambodia and India
An Airbus A220-300, leased from
Latviaís airBaltic, has set off an a new tour, visiting nine
destinations in seven countries.
The first stop of this latest tour will be the
Pacific island nation of Vanuatu (27-28/10), home to the regionís A220 launch
customer Air Vanuatu. The aircraft will then visit Australia
(Sydney 28-29/10 and Brisbane 31/10), New Zealand (Auckland 1-3/11), New Caledonia (Noumea
and Papua New Guinea (Port Moresby 6/11). On the way back to Europe,
the aircraft will stop in Cambodia (Phnom Penh 6-10/11) and India
(Bangalore 10-11/11 and New Delhi 11-13/11).
Static displays are planned at each
stop, as well as demonstration flights for airline executives and
other invited guests.
The A220, formerly the Bombardier C Series, was
purpose-built for the 100-150 seat market. The aircraft are
powered by Pratt & Whitneyís latest-generation PW1500G geared
turbofan engines and have a range of around 3,000 nm. From H2
2020, this range is expected to increase to around 3,400 nm.
The A220 is available in two versions, with the A220-100 seating
between 100 and 130 passengers and the larger A220-300 seating
between 130 and 160 in typical airline layouts.
The airBaltic A220-300 being used on the tour is
fitted with a single-class passenger cabin with 145 seats.
At the end of
September 2019, customers worldwide had placed orders for 525 A220
aircraft with 90 already in service with six operators.