MIAMI — The first Airbus A220-100 (formerly known as the CSeries) for Delta Air Lines took flight this afternoon at Airbus’ Mirabel, Canada campus. The aircraft, registered N101DU, is the first of 75 A220 aircraft on order from the Atlanta based carrier.
The aircraft took off at 2:01 p.m. EST from Montréal-Mirabel International Airport and landed at 4:57 p.m. The aircraft flew under the callsign BBA510. Upon returning to Mirabel, N101DU performed a series of touch-and-go maneuvers.
The Delta A220 will seat 110 passengers and will be used on long and thin routes. While Delta has not yet unveiled what routes the A220 will be operating, it is widely speculated that Delta will utilize the A220s impressive range to connect major coastal airports to distant cities such as Austin and Dallas, Texas.
During an exclusive interview with Airways, Delta’s CEO, Ed Bastian said that when looking for an alternative to the Boeing 717, the Airbus A220 was the right choice.
“We need to find something that’s going to be more fuel efficient, something that’s going to create a greater range, and a greater bandwidth of options and the CSeries (A220) fit the bill,” he said.
From here N101DU will conduct several more test flights before being delivered to Delta. Delivery is expected to take place in late October and will be followed by the delivery of several additional A220 aircraft before the type enters into service in Q1 of 2019.