New York-based carrier JetBlue took delivery of its first Airbus A220-300 aircraft this past December 31st, marking the type first entry into service with the airline.
Celebrating the arrival of the new aircraft in its fleet, will coincide with the introduction of a new tail livery and passnegre cabin design. The airline which mainly operate single aisle A320 along with smaller single aisle Embraer E190 is expecting to receive up 70 seventy new A220s with which it intends to ultimately replace the 60 Embraer 190s aircraft.
The Airbus A220 formerly known as Bombardier CS-300 before Airbus acquired the program is a state-of-the-art aircraft built in Mobile, Alabama. It has been praised as “…the quietest, cleanest and most eco-friendly aircraft in its category…” brings a 50% reduction in noise footprint and NOx emissions while ensuring a 25% lower fuel burn per seat compared to previous generation aircraft according to Airbus.
The new aircraft acquisition brings tremendous versatility to the airline operation by first, allowing to contribute significantly to its clean operation strategy aiming at completely curbing carbon emission by the year 2040. In comparison with the Embraer E190, the A220 achieves a 30% lower direct operating cost, along with 40% less cost for maintenance operation on a per seat basis.
By combining an ideal 3,350 nm range, by far surpassing the E190’s 2,450 nm with 40% lower fuel burn per seat, the A220 brings operating economics that can easily translate into new market opportunities for JetBlue to expand its network in a more profitable manner.
With plans for the new network destinations yet to be fully revealed, JetBlue is also planning on revaling the new single-class cabin design that will be fitted inside the A220 at a later date.