Now flying for Delta Air Lines: The Airbus A220

Ben Mutzabaugh

The Airbus A220 is now in service for Delta Air Lines.

Delta completed its first revenue flight on the jet Thursday morning with Delta Flight 744. It departed New York LaGuardia at 6 a.m. and landed in Boston 18 minutes ahead of schedule at 7:02 a.m.

Delta’s second A220-operated flight departed New York LaGuardia at 7:47 a.m. ET for Dallas/Fort Worth. In Texas, the first A220 departure from Dallas/Fort Worth was scheduled to depart at 8:05 a.m. ET (7:05 a.m. local time), bound for New York LaGuardia.

Delta becomes just the fifth airline in the world and the first in North America to fly passengers on the A220, which was previously known as the Bombardier CSeries until Airbus took a stake in the aircraft line.

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Delta’s A220s seat 109 passengers, including 12 in first class and 15 in Delta’s extra-legroom “Comfort+” section.

The narrowbody planes seem a candidate to become a passenger favorite on the routes they’ll fly. Delta's A220s have large overhead bins and feature two-by-three seating in economy, meaning fewer middle seats. All of the plane's seats will be wider than the industry average. The planes have extra-large windows, including one in the lavatory.

Delta has ordered two versions of the jet, with the current, smaller version seating 109 passengers and the larger 130. Delta expects all 90 of the A220s it has ordered to be delivered by the end of 2023.

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Delta is deploying the jets at several of its hubs, using them to fly to markets with high business demand. The passenger-friendly A220 could help give Delta a competitive advantage against rivals using older or more-cramped planes on competing routes.

The two routes beginning Thursday – Boston-LaGuardia and Dallas/Fort Worth-LaGuardia – are among the first routes Delta has targeted for its first A220 flights. Among the others that will soon get A220 flights are Detroit-Dallas/Fort Worth; LaGuardia-Houston Bush Intercontinental; Salt Lake City-Dallas/Fort Worth and New York JFK-Houston Bush Intercontinental.

Delta’s A220s had been expected to debut on Jan. 31, but that had to be pushed back after the federal shutdown delayed the Federal Aviation Administration certification needed to put the planes into passenger service.

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