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Fri, 4 Jan 2019

JetBlue Orders 60 Airbus A220-300 Aircraft

JetBlue Airways has firmed up an order for 60 A220-300 aircraft (formerly the Bombardier CS300), the larger model of what is now the A220 series.

The order is valued at around US$5.5 billion at current list price.

“As we approach our 20th anniversary, the impressive range and economics of the highly efficient A220, combined with the outstanding performance of our existing fleet of Airbus A321 and restyled A320 aircraft, will help ensure we deliver the best onboard experience to customers and meet our long-term financial targets as we continue disciplined growth into the future,” said Robin Hayes, Chief Executive Officer, JetBlue.

JetBlue Airways has ordered 60 A220-300 aircraft (formerly the Bombardier CS300), the larger model of the new, industry-leading A220 series. Click to enlarge.

JetBlue’s existing Airbus fleet includes 193 A320 and A321ceo aircraft in operation, with an additional 85 A321neo aircraft on order.

“JetBlue has proven there is no contradiction between economic efficiency and a high quality product,” said Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer. “Their endorsement of the A220 proves this aircraft meets those two criteria better than any alternative in its segment. Thank you JetBlue and congratulations on this big milestone in your growth.”

Airbus will produce the A220-300 aircraft at a new U.S. assembly facility in Mobile, Alabama. Construction of the plant, to be located adjacent to the existing Airbus A320 assembly facility, will begin later this month.

The single-aisle A220, purpose built for the 100-150 seat market, is powered by Pratt & Whitney’s latest-generation PW1500G geared turbofan engines and has a range of up to 3,200 nm (5,020 km).

See also: airBaltic Airbus A220-300 Interview with Martin Gauss, CEO.

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