The Airbus/Bombardier partnership chose an A220-300 for this special event. This aircraft, the larger version of the two-aircraft family, was the second CS300 ever produced, with MSN (Manufacturer’s Serial Number) 55002. Despite Airbus’ control over the program, the Airbus/Bombardier partnership will be based in Canada. So, it’s still fitting for this aircraft’s registration to be Canadian: C-FFDO.
As this aircraft is a test vehicle, there’s a notice next to the main boarding door informing passengers and crew that “this aircraft is operating without a certificate of airworthiness.”
The C Series was not designed to be an Airbus, it only became one when the European company bought the program. But it looks like one on the flght deck, with a side-stick rather than the yoke you’d find on Boeing aircraft. That’s the easiest way to tell Airbus cockpit from Boeings.
In addition to delivering best-in-class economics, the A220 Family’s cabin was purpose-built to deliver an excellent passenger experience. A220 Family aircraft are recognised for their low noise levels, providing a quiet, comfortable cabin.
Wide seats combined with ample overhead storage create personal space without compromising on headroom, and the cabin management system provides crews with easy, intuitive control of the aircraft’s interior environment, including entertainment offerings and mood lighting to ensure a delightful passenger experience.
Like the A220-100 version, the A220-300’s configurable cabin provides two flex zones, allowing operators to benefit from fully customisable modular cabin elements, including stowage areas and partitions, based on their specific needs.
A220 Family aircraft are designed to deliver the feel of a widebody jetliner in a single-aisle aircraft. The cabin provides space where it matters the most, leading to an unparalleled passenger experience.
Overhead bins, with the largest stowage capacity in their class, are easily accessible. The extra-large windows with more than one at each row, are positioned high on the cabin sidewall to provide an optimal viewing angle and an abundance of natural light. Wide seats –18 inches or more – provide a generous personal space without compromise, and the newly designed engines contribute to the quietest cabin in its class.
The A220 lower deck cargo hold boasts a wide flat floor and vertical sidewalls for efficient stacking, which result in a significantly higher usable volume than the competition.