Airbus has announced major performance improvements to its A220 family, which is the latest addition to the aircraft manufacturer’s single-aisle portfolio.
Under this, the Maximum takeoff weight(MTOW) of the A220 aircraft is increased by 2,268 kg (2.3 metric tonnes). The new MTOW will increase the respective maximum range capabilities to 3,350nm for the A220-300 and 3,400nm for the A220-100, around 450nm more than what is currently displayed.
Furthermore, the new A220 features state-of-the-art aerodynamics, advanced materials, and Pratt & Whitney’s latest-generation PW1500G geared turbofan engines that offer at least 20 per cent lower fuel burn per seat compared to previous generation aircraft.
“Since its entry into service close to three years ago, the A220 aircraft has already proven that it is meeting or beating its initial performance targets, bringing more flexibility and revenue potential to customers. Today, Airbus is reinforcing its confidence in the A220 platform and further enhancing its capabilities to meet upcoming market requirements,” said Rob Dewar, head of Engineering and Customer Support for the A220.
With A220’s performance improvement, airlines will be able to tap into new routes that were not possible before, thereby connecting key cities in Western Europe with the Middle East or from Southeast Asia to Australia.