Airbus has delivered its first A220-300 to Qantas at the Mirabel final assembly line in Canada. The Australian carrier became the 20th operator of the type, which has been in service since 2016.
The aircraft, with its distinctive Aboriginal-themed livery, will take off in the coming days for a four-stop ferry flight until arriving in Sydney next week.
Flight QF6075 will depart from Mirabel to Vancouver, in western Canada and from there it will fly to Honolulu, Hawaii. The A220 will then depart on flight QF6076 to Fiji (Nadi) until landing in the Australian city.
Qantas has ordered 29 A220 jets that will be operated by regional subsidiary QantasLink. The new generation jets will gradually replace the Boeing 717s currently in service.
The A220-300 is configured with 127 seats in two classes of service with 10 seats in business and 127 in economy.
Qantas is betting on the aircraft’s fuel economy, which consumes 25% less than older jets, in addition to its comfort and enormous range, of 3,450 nautical miles or 6,390 kilometers.
Airbus already had almost 850 orders from 30 customers for the A220, of which over 300 have been delivered worldwide.