Here's Why Delta's Freshly Painted A220 Is Missing Its Winglets
Make no mistake — the Airbus A220 (formerly known as the Bombardier C Series) is going to be a massive improvement for Delta, both from a fuel consumption and passenger comfort standpoint, on the routes it begins to run in early 2019. Due to that, AvGeeks are hungry for every dribble of intel on its progress, including the first batch of photos following its time in the paint shop.
As we at The Points Guy were admiring the fresh coat, Managing Editor Alberto Riva noticed something... odd. Something about the wings. Something about the overall physique. If you look carefully, you'll notice that the A220-100 shown is missing its winglets — a small, but vital, part of the aircraft. Winglets exist to reduce turbulence and drag and were clearly there during earlier non-branded demonstrations of the A220.
There's good news, though: The winglets on the A220 haven't been forgotten. With final assembly to come after its time in the paint shop, Delta confirmed to TPG that the aircraft's winglets are being painted separately. This doesn't always happen — some birds are painted with winglets already installed. For the A220 in this particular paint shop, however, the fit was on the snug side. Because of that, precautions were taken to prevent any accidental dings, and the winglets will be painted and installed during the final assembly process. Oh, and if you're curious, we also learned that the winglets are the only major A220 component painted separately.
If you're hungry to get up close and personal with the plane prior to its public debut next year, Delta is running four concurrent SkyMiles Experience auctions for a trip to its current home in Canada.