Airbus has made its first A220 delivery to a French-based airline...the La Réunion Island-based Air Austral.
The brand new single aisle jet rolled out of the Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Mirabel, Canada with the next two A220s expected to be delivered in the next week.
Air Austral, which operates in the Indian Ocean region, has selected the Airbus A220-300 as part of its medium and short-haul fleet modernization plan in order to boost its operational efficiency.
The new jet offers an enhanced passenger experience in a two-class cabin layout with 132 seats: 12 in business class and 120 in economy-class.
Bearing the airline’s distinctive livery representing La Reunion Island’s unique landscapes, Air Austral will strengthen its regional network with three A220-300s, flying on routes between La Réunion Island and Mauritius, Mayotte, Seychelles, South Africa, Madagascar, and India.
The jets will be powered by the latest-generation geared turbofan engines, Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1500Gs.
Airbus claims a 50% reduced noise footprint compared to previous generation aircraft, 25% lower fuel burn and CO2 emissions per seat as well as 50% lower NOx emissions than current industry standards.
To date over 160 A220s have been delivered, operating routes in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa, proving the great versatility of Airbus’ new generation single-aisle family member.