Airbus during the week marked the delivery of its 12,000th aircraft in its 50-year history. The aircraft was an A220-100, assembled in Mirabel, Canada, and handed over to U.S.-based Delta Air Lines.
The aircraft is the 12th A220 delivered to date to Delta Air Lines since the first A220 in October 2018. Delta is the first U.S. airline to operate the A220 and is the largest A220 customer, with a firm order for 90 aircraft.
Ground was broken in January this year in Mobile, Ala. for the construction of a second A220 final assembly line, set to start deliveries to U.S. customers in 2020. (Post)
Meanwhile, Airbus has emerged as the newest potential buyer for Bombardier’s plant in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Bombardier announced in early May that it was seeking to divest its facilities in both Northern Ireland and Morocco.
According to a report from the UK’s Guardian newspaper, the Airbus CEO said that this would be an option for Airbus, effectively leading to the manufacturer taking control of the wing production for its A220 airliner, as well as engine covers for its A320 series.
Purchase of the Belfast operation would add to Airbus’s operations in the UK, which include wing manufacture for most of its commercial aircraft products at Broughton, North Wales, as well as production and design of wings at Filton, near Bristol. (Post)
Speaking of the A220, Airbus announced that beginning in the second half of 2020 the jetliner will be offered with a longer range. It will allow the A220 to reach markets that cannot be served by other small single-aisle aircraft types. (Post)
The U.S. Navy Blue Angels flight demonstration team is retiring its existing C-130T Fat Albert cargo plane, but the Fat Albert program isn't going away. The Department of Defense is looking at replacement options. The team announced during the week that Fat Albert had reached the end of its flying life after 17 years with the team, accumulating more than 30,000 flight hours. The Blue Angels are based at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla. (Post)
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