Delta Air Lines’ first A220-100 took off on its first flight from Mirabel airport, Québec, at 2:02pm on October 6. The aircraft was crewed by A220 programme test pilots. Airbus said that during a successful 2 hour and 53 minutes flight, the crew checked the aircraft’s main systems and landed back in Mirabel at 4:55pm.
The aircraft will now continue with pre-delivery testing and assembly, as elements of its interior come together at the A220 assembly line. Delta’s first A220 is scheduled to begin service in early 2019, making it the first US 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.