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Eight A220s are delivered by Airbus so far this year

Airbus has confirmed the delivery of eight new A220 aircraft in the first quarter of 2019
Airbus has confirmed the delivery of eight new A220 aircraft in the first quarter of 2019
Ryan McAleer

By Ryan McAleer

Airbus has confirmed the delivery of eight new A220 aircraft in the first quarter of 2019.

However, the latest delivery data from the European aerospace giant showed that orders for the jet series, the wings for which are made in Belfast, remain at a deficit for the first three months of the year.

Four new orders from small Pacific carrier Air Vanuatu during February failed to offset the loss of five cancelled A220s.

US airline Delta, which has a standing order of 50 A220-300s and 40 of the smaller A220-100 jets, has taken delivery of four of the latter so far this year.

Meanwhile AirBaltic, which remains another key customer for the A220, has reported an 18% rise in revenue to €400m (£343m) for 2018.

The Latvian carrier saw profits grow by 48% last year, with passenger numbers surging by 17% to 4.1 million.

AirBaltic is moving to make the A220 the sole aircraft in its fleet.

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"Airbus A220-300 is our future aircraft," said chief executive Martin Gauss.

"When we stop using the Boeing 737, AirBaltic will have the newest fleet of jet aircraft in Europe."

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