US airline Delta orders another five Airbus A220 jets in Paris
US airline Delta has provided more good news for Bombardier's wing-making Northern Ireland workers by ordering five more Airbus A220 planes, bringing its total order to 95.
The American carrier had a standing order for 50 of the larger A220-300 jets and 40 of the smaller A220-100s. It has now increased its A220-100 order by five. It brings to 55 the number of A220s ordered to date at this week's Paris Air Show, making it one of the most sought-after aircraft so far for the world's biggest annual gathering of aerospace companies.
Los Angeles-based Air Lease Corporation announced a letter of intent for 100 Airbus aircraft on the first day of the Paris Air Show.
The orders should mean more work for the 1,000 people employed in Bombardier's wing-making programme for the A220 in Northern Ireland.
The Canadian aerospace group placed its operations in Belfast and Morocco up for sale last month. US-based Spirit Aerosystems, UK group GKN and Airbus have all been linked to a potential acquisition.
Around 3,600 people are employed by Bombardier in Northern Ireland.
Delta Airlines was the first US airline to sign on for the A220. It placed an initial order for 75 aircraft in 2016 and booked an additional 15 in December 2018.
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Airbus said yesterday that Delta was the first airline to select the new increased maximum take-off weight option for the A220. The company announced in May that it would increase the maximum take-off weight for the A220 by 2,268kg, increasing the maximum range capabilities of both versions of the plane.
The one dozen A220-100s delivered to Delta to date have been assembled in Mirabel, Quebec.
The larger A220-300 planes will be assembled at the new US assembly plant, now under construction in Mobile, Alabama.
In a separate arrangement, Airbus and Delta have signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding for Delta TechOps to provide A220 component repair and material services for Airbus' A220 flight hour services maintenance-by-the-hour programme.