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Airbus A220 (Bombardier C-Series)

Canada (2017)
Picture of Airbus A220 (Bombardier C-Series) Medium-Range / Transcontinental Narrow-Body Passenger Jet Airliner

Bombardier is out to challenge the likes of Embraer, Airbus and Boeing in several of the passenger jet airliner classes with the introduction of its C-Series.


Detailing the development and operational history of the Airbus A220 (Bombardier C-Series) Medium-Range / Transcontinental Narrow-Body Passenger Jet Airliner.  Entry last updated on 7/17/2018. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com

In mid-2016, Bombardier of Canada introduced its C-Series airliner for the narrow-body passenger market. The aircraft was designed from the ground-up and originally scheduled to enter service in 2010. However, development delays pushed this until 2016. Two major variants currently (2017) exist - the CS100 and the CS300. The CS100 entered service with launch carrier Swiss International Air Lines in July 2016 and this was followed by the CS300 through AirBaltic. As of December 2016, thirteen of the aircraft were produced. The C-Series marks Bombardier's first-ever commercial market Fly-by-Wire (FbW) aircraft - this results in a particularly responsive large aircraft.

This family of jets is powered by 2 x Pratt & Whitney PW1500G turbofans offering between 18,900lb and 23,300lb of thrust each. Customers can choose from four iterations of the PW1500 series to suit needs.

The CS100 can seat ninety-seven passengers though a future revision could see a capability for as many as one hundred thirty-five (in a single-aisle, two-by-three seating arrangement). Range is out to 3,570 miles while flying at speeds up to 600 miles per hour. Composites (including carbon-fiber wings) are used throughout and help manage target operating weights. These specifications directly challenge competing types such as the Brazilian Embraer "E-Jet" family.

The CS300 is a stretched-fuselage, transcontinental off-shoot of the CS100. Dimensions include a length of 127 feet, a wingspan of 115.1 feet and a height of 37.7 feet. It features seating for 145 passengers (or 130 in a two-class configuration) and has approximately 97% commonality of parts with the smaller CS100 product. Empty weight is 82,000lb against an MTOW of 149,000lb. Compared to the CS100, range is increased to 3,800 miles and speeds remain at 600 miles per hour. Its service ceiling reaches 41,000 feet. The CS300 is designed to compete directly with larger market types such as the French Airbus A320neo and American Boeing 737MAX offerings.

As of July 1st, 2018, the Bombardier C-Series is under majority-ownership of Airbus.

Any available statistics for the Airbus A220 (Bombardier C-Series) Medium-Range / Transcontinental Narrow-Body Passenger Jet Airliner are showcased in the areas immediately below. Categories include basic specifications covering country-of-origin, operational status, manufacture(s) and total quantitative production. Other qualities showcased are related to structural values (namely dimensions), installed power and standard day performance figures, installed or proposed armament and mission equipment (if any), global users (from A-to-Z) and series model variants (if any).




  Program Updates  


February 2017 - Some 360 C-Series aircraft are on order (123 x CS100 and 237 x CS300. Five and two have been delivered (respectively).

March 2016 - A CS100 completed a nonstop flight from London to New York as part of its testing phase.

May 2017 - Canadian and European certification has been granted to the CS100 aircraft.

May 2018 - AirBaltic, a C-Series launch customer, has announced an add-on order numbering thirty total aircraft. Deliveries of this batch are set to begin late-2019 and add to the existing fleet of twenty.

July 2018 - July 1st, 2018 marks the first day of majority control of the C-Series shifting to the Airbus brand label.

July 2018 - The Bombardier C-Series - now known as the Airbus A220 - received its ETOPS certification covering its PW1500G engines.

July 2018 - There are currently 424 A220 aircraft on order. Sixty of this total belongs to carrier JetBlue Airways which placed an order in early July 2018.




General Assessment (BETA)
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Rating: 48 (of 100)
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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 750mph
Lo: 375mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (541mph).

    Graph average of 562.5 miles-per-hour.
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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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Origin: Canada
Year: 2017
Type: Medium-Range / Transcontinental Narrow-Body Passenger Jet Airliner
Manufacturer(s): Bombardier Aerospace - Canada / Airbus - France
Production: 29
Status: Active, Limited Service
Global Operators:
Ireland; Latvia; Mongolia; Russia; South Korea; Sweden; Switzerland; Turkey; United Kingdom; United States
Historical Commitments / Honors:

Military lapel ribbon for Operation Allied Force
Military lapel ribbon for the Arab-Israeli War
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Britain
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Midway
Military lapel ribbon for the Berlin Airlift
Military lapel ribbon for the Chaco War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cold War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cuban Missile Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Falklands War
Military lapel ribbon for the French-Indochina War
Military lapel ribbon for the Golden Age of Flight
Military lapel ribbon for the 1991 Gulf War
Military lapel ribbon for the Indo-Pak Wars
Military lapel ribbon for the Iran-Iraq War
Military lapel ribbon for the Korean War
Military lapel ribbon for the 1982 Lebanon War
Military lapel ribbon for the Malayan Emergency
Military lapel ribbon for the attack on Pearl Harbor
Military lapel ribbon for the Six Day War
Military lapel ribbon for the Soviet-Afghan War
Military lapel ribbon for the Spanish Civil War
Military lapel ribbon for the Suez Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Vietnam War
Military lapel ribbon for Warsaw Pact of the Cold War-era
Military lapel ribbon for the WASP (WW2)
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 1
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 2
Military lapel ribbon for the Yom Kippur
* Ribbons not necessarily indicative of actual historical campaign ribbons. Ribbons are clickable to their respective campaigns/operations.
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Structural - Crew, Dimensions, and Weights:
Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Bombardier C-Series CS100 model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.

Operational
CREW


Personnel
2


Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
114.83 ft


Meters
35 m


Dimension
WIDTH


Feet
115.16 ft


Meters
35.1 m


Dimension
HEIGHT


Feet
37.73 ft


Meters
11.5 m


Weight
EMPTY


Pounds
82,012 lb


Kilograms
37,200 kg


Weight
LOADED


Pounds
133,997 lb


Kilograms
60,780 kg

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Installed Power - Standard Day Performance:
2 x Pratt & Whitney PW1500G turbofan engines developing between 18,900lbf of thrust (four variants available).

Performance
SPEED


Miles-per-Hour
541 mph


Kilometers-per-Hour
870 kph


Knots
470 kts


Performance
RANGE


Miles
3,567 mi


Kilometers
5,740 km


Nautical Miles
3,099 nm


Performance
CEILING


Feet
41,010 ft


Meters
12,500 m


Miles
7.77 mi

Armament - Hardpoints (0):

None.
Variants: Series Model Variants
• A220 - Base Series Name
• A220-100 - Redesignated CS100
• A220-300 - Redesignated CS300
• C-Series - Former base series name under the Bombardier brand label.
• CS100 - 110-seat version
• CS300 - 135-seat version; increased travel range and MTOW.