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