JetBlue takes delivery of first Airbus A220

JetBlue Airways Airbus A220-300 aircraft
JetBlue's first A220 features a new tailfin livery called “Hops”. Photo: © Airbus

Shortly before the end of 2020, JetBlue Airways has taken delivery of its first Airbus A220-300 jet.

The carrier’s first Airbus A220 was handed over on Thursday at Airbus’ production site in Mobile, Alabama. About two months ago, Airbus delivered the first US assembled A220 jet to Delta Air Lines from this facility in Alabama.

JetBlue’s single-class Airbus A220 aircraft, formerly called the Bombardier CSeries, performed its first flight on December 9. The airline says that the A220 adds flexibility to its route network, including the possibility to schedule the aircraft on transcontinental flights.

In total, the New York-based carrier has 70 Airbus A220-300 jets on order: In January 2019, JetBlue signed a firm order for 60 Airbus A220s. Additionally, the North American airline firmed up a further ten options at the Paris Air Show in 2019.

The Airbus A220s will replace the Embraer E190s in JetBlue’s fleet. Furthermore, JetBlue has Airbus A321LR and A321XLR aircraft on order.