Airbus Building Two New Facilities to Ramp up A220 Production
The aircraft known as the A220 didn't get to where it is today without a little drama. We'll spare you the details on how the Bombardier C Series eventually became the Airbus A220 and jump straight to the present: Things are finally getting serious when it comes to manufacturing and delivery.
With orders placed by Delta, JetBlue, Air Canada and up-and-comer Moxy, Airbus is breaking ground on "two new buildings in Mirabel, Quebec that will enable the company to boost production of A220s." This is in addition to the Alabama facility that's set to get underway in 2019.
Per FlightGlobal, Airbus has "started construction work for two new dome structures which will be ready around spring 2019." The two domes will reportedly "create additional capacity for the final assembly process."
Completion on those can't come soon enough, as Bombardier and Airbus have combined to deliver less than 50 units in the past two years. I toured the very first one finalized for Delta just a week ago, which will begin passenger service on Jan. 31, 2019.
In my discussions with the airline, I learned that Delta is very serious about injecting these into its route network in a timely manner, not to mention the other North American carriers with standing orders, hence the urgency in ramping up production.