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Delta's new A220-100 takes flight in Quebec

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  •   10-09-2018  10:13 am

Delta's new A220-100 takes flight in Quebec

Delta Air Lines' first A220-100 took off on its first flight from Quebec's Mirabel airport on Saturday (Oct. 6), part of a successful three-hour test flight of the airline's new plane.

The flight took place a few days after the aircraft rolled out of the paint shop. Next, the aircraft will continue with pre-delivery testing and assembly, as elements of its state-of-the-art interior come together at the A220 assembly line. Delta's first A220 is scheduled to begin service in early 2019.

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New to the U.S.

Delta Air Lines will be the first U.S. airline to operate the A220 – at the same time becoming the fourth A220 operator, after Swiss International Air Lines, airBaltic, and Korean Air. Delta is the largest A220-100 customer, with a firm order for 75 aircraft.

With an order book of over 400 aircraft to date, the A220 has all the credentials to win the lion's share of the 100- to 150-seat aircraft market, estimated to represent at least 7,000 aircraft over the next 20 years.