Airbus, Bombardier, CSeries, A220, rebrand, name, JetBlue

Goodbye C-Series, hello Airbus A220

Europe’s Airbus rebrands the C-Series of Canada’s Bombardier to fit its own aircraft series.

Bombardier’s C-Series of aircraft is to disappear. Not because it’s being scrapped, but because it is getting a new name as Airbus solidifies its majority stake in the aircraft production line.

Airbus is putting its own naming system of the planes, rebranding series as the Airbus A220. The comparatively small 120-passenger CS100 will now be the A220-100, while the slightly larger CS300 seating 130 to 140 passengers will be known as the A220-300.

Airbus’ new A220 designation places the Bombardier jets below Airbus’ existing A300 line-up extending from the popular A320 family of single-aisle planes that start from 125 seats up to the double-deck A380 superjumbo with room for around 600 passengers.

Fully optimised
The new A220 aircraft “are fully optimised for the 100 to 150 seat market and perfectly complement Airbus’ existing […] A320neo family,” Airbus said in a statement.

“Everyone at Airbus has been looking forward to this historic moment. Today, we are thrilled to welcome the A220 to the Airbus family and are honoured to see it wearing its new Airbus colours for the first time,” Airbus Commercial Aircraft president Guillaume Faury said.

“I pay tribute to all the women and men at Bombardier and the supply chain who have strived over the past years to bring this fantastic aircraft to the world. The A220 now enters a new phase in its career with all Airbus’ resources behind it to further its commercial success worldwide.”

Europe’s Airbus and Canada’s Bombardier announced their new close collaboration in October as the Canadian manufacturer searched for a solution to end a trade dispute with the United States, where the US threatened tariffs on the C-Series of up to 300%.

JetBlue has already given the new series a boost by ordering 60 of the Airbus A220-300, proclaiming it a key component of its next-generation fleet as the airline retires its Embraer 190 fleet beginning in 2020.

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