On Friday, the first pictures of the first Airbus A220-100 for Delta Air Lines were released, showing the plane for the first time in full Delta house colours.
Fresh in Delta’s house colours, the plane went into the paint shop for after being completed at the A220 final assembly line in Mirabel, Québec. The painting process took nine days, 200 rolls of masking tape and 165 gallons of paint to complete.
Those of you with keen eyes will also spot the Gogo 2Ku raydome on top of the plane too – indicating the plane will have on-board connectivity out of the factory (or at least when activated)
Delta Air LInes will be the first US carrier to take deliver of the A220 family (the ex Bombardier CSeries CS100). On the reveal, Larry Cato, a program manager on Delta’s Fleet Management team states:
There’s nothing like seeing years of planning come together in the shape of a freshly painted aircraft,”
“It’s a major milestone for the future of our fleet.”
Delta will be taking delivery of 75 Airbus A220/CSeries aircraft, and 50 options, with the ability to swap from the smaller A220-100 to the larger A220-300 as needed.
For this A220, the work continues as it moves from the Paint Shop and Final Assembly line to the flight-line, as pre-flight activities are conducted. First flight of the type in Delta colours will be in the autumn, with the plane flying for Delta in “early 2019”.
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