Following the October 2019 sale of Bombardier’s business operations in Northern Ireland to Kansas-based Spirit AeroSystems for about £1bn, the aircraft manufacturer has announced it has made delivery of the first Airbus A220-300 to Air Canada.
Formed in 2005, Spirit AeroSystems is a spin-off company formerly part of Boeing. The company is described as one of the largest Tier 1 manufacturers of aerostructures.
The Canadian flag carrier will take delivery of 45 examples of the A220-300. The aircraft are expected to enter service in February.
Employing about 3,600 people, the NI-based sites are delivering the composite wing assemblies for the new aircraft. Aircraft assembly is completed at the plant in Mirabel, Quebec. Other components delivered to Airbus include engine covers.
Features of the A220 include a larger cabin with increased headroom, larger windows and more overhead storage space. Economy class seats are 19”, with widest economy seats in the Air Canada fleet.
All seats will feature a power outlet, USB charging and an adjustable headrest. There will also be a touchscreen for in-flight entertainment.
The A220-300 is also the quietest commercial jet in its class, also delivering a 20% reduction in CO2 emissions per seat compared to similar aircraft.
Airbus stated that as of October 2019, the company had orders for 530 examples of the A220-300.