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Airbus A220 (Bombardier C-Series)

Medium-Range / Transcontinental Narrow-Body Passenger Jet Airliner [ 2017 ]

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.

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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.

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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.

January 2019 - The JetBlue Airways order for 60 A220-300 aircraft is set to begin in 2020. These will be built at the newly-constructed Airbus facility in Mobile, Alabama.

January 2019 - Moxy, a low-cost air carrier start-up, has ordered 60 A220-300 aircraft which are set to begin deliveries in 2021.

September 2019 - Airbus has delivered its first A220 to air carrier Egyptair.

January 2020 - Air carrier Braathens Regional Airlines has cancelled its order for A220 models, instead moving on to Embraer 190 jets for its needs.

February 2020 - Bombardier has completed its sale of shares to buyer Airbus.

March 2021 - Airbus engineers have increased the MTOW of the A220-300 series by 1 ton, adding additional range to the enhanced model which should become available in mid-2021.


Bombardier Aerospace - Canada / Airbus - France
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Used in roles serving the commercial aviation market, ferrying both passengers and goods over range.

114.8 ft
(35.00 meters)
115.2 ft
(35.10 meters)
37.7 ft
(11.50 meters)
82,012 lb
(37,200 kilograms)
Empty Weight
133,997 lb
(60,780 kilograms)
Maximum Take-Off Weight
+51,985 lb
(+23,580 kg)
Weight Difference

2 x Pratt & Whitney PW1500G turbofan engines developing between 18,900lbf of thrust (four variants available).
541 mph
(870 kph | 470 knots)
Max Speed
41,010 ft
(12,500 m | 8 miles)
3,567 miles
(5,740 km | 3,099 nm)

MACH Regime (Sonic)
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030


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.

General Assessment
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Overall Rating
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Rating is out of a possible 100 points.
Relative Maximum Speed
Hi: 750mph
Lo: 375mph
This entry's maximum listed speed (541mph).

Graph average of 563 miles-per-hour.
City-to-City Ranges
Operational range when compared to distances between major cities (in KM).
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Design Balance
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Unit Production (29)
Compared against Ilyushin IL-2 (military) and Cessna 172 (civilian).

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