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Airbus Increases The Range Of The A220-300

Airbus is planning to offer an additional range increase on its largest A220, the A220-300. The increase will be offered from the middle of this year and will add some 200 nautical miles to the range of the narrowbody jet. ( More...

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jptq63 7
Would think a hub in Anchorage, AK cold make this change very attractive to cover key Asia cities and the USA....
Jeff Phipps 1
Read the article and found it's simply a paper change. No physical change to the aircraft, but AB will offer this "option" to their customers. Why wouldn't they just make this better range a feature of the plane? I presume they will also charge for this? Seems like an unfair money grab if all they did is rework the numbers and said, we can take more fuel on board.

Steven Chaney 5
Doing the paperwork to get the authorities’ approval costs money and someone has to pay for it. You can also think of it as airbus giving its customers who don’t need it a small price break. It makes sense to me.
Most airframers will charge for anything they can get away with. Such as, making the "MCAS is active" indicator an option on the glass cockpits which the LCCs chose to delete from their orders for a new version of some other manufacturer's workhorse. Or wiring sensitive software to just one pitot tube. It's business - until someone goes too far, an option is deleted and aircraft start falling (or diving) out of the sky.

The A220 is relatively young in its lifespan, having started as a clean-sheet for Bombardier. This kind of open evolution is inevitable and speaks to an industry which will continue to seek improvements. I regard the development as positive.
Jeff Phipps 2
Yes, but those examples are changes or physically doing something. They simply crunched the numbers and said, the airframe can have a higher MTOW so we can add more fuel for better range. The range is there whether the customer wants it or not, and now they all know it. My guess is that AB will have to change the certification en mass or this becomes a give away that they throw in when selling to a customer.
SkyAware123 1
I forsee more non planned fuel stops in Gander coming from Europe if they're using this plane. Been like that with the 727 wiht strong headwinds. although I don't see why you would use a small plane like this on such a long connection, especially big hubs like AMS..
darjr26 1
Are they raising the max landing weight too?
Joel Rugeno 0
More bad news for Boeing.
Robert Graham 0
It’s called the coasting option.
BACO ruined it's own world-class reputation, at the highest cost - human lives !!!!!!!
They will NEVER get my respect again!
Joel Rugeno 1
Absolutely, I’ll never fly the Max nor the east coat dreamliner
Billy Meeks 1
They will be just fine without negativity.
丞鸿 刘 -4
Thank you for your message!
john Gargiulo -4
Airbus will ruin a good airplane once more, this will hinder the performance of the A220
Joel Rugeno 5
Which other airplane did Airbus ruin? Bombardier/airbus is the best there is for short/medium range ops. It will still be that for many years to come.
Peter Fuller 4
They’re increasing the certified max allowable takeoff weight by 1 tonne, without making any physical changes to the aircraft. All other things being equal (which they seldom are), an A220-300 loaded up to the new MTOW will not perform as well as the exact same airplane loaded to the previous 1-tonne-lighter MTOW: it’ll need more runway for takeoff, won’t climb quite as well, etc. So what? That’s not irreparably hindering performance and certainly does not “ruin a good airplane.”


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