JetBlue orders more Airbus A220

A JetBlue Airbus A220-300. Photo: © JetBlue

JetBlue has announced that it is exercising options to increase its total firm orders for the Airbus A220-300 by 30 aircraft.

This brings the US carrier’s total order for the type from 70 to 100, overtaking Delta Air Lines, Breeze Airways and Air Lease Corporation and making JetBlue the world’s largest A220 customer.

The airline praises ‘strong’ economics and operational performance of the Airbus A220, formerly known as the Bombardier CSeries. It has so far taken delivery of eight A220 aircraft, the first one of which entered commercial service in April 2021. A ninth A220 is set to be delivered to the carrier later this month, with nine more due by the end of 2022 and 21 in 2023.

JetBlue says it will also accelerate the retirement of its Embraer E190 fleet. The final E190 jet is now expected to leave its fleet in 2026.