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Fri, 25 Oct 2019

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 3-6/11) 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.

Two Airbus A220s. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.

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.

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