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Airbus - A220 presentation in Zagreb
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Aircraft manufacturer Airbus is presenting its A220-300 aircraft at Zagreb Airport today.
A model of the aircraft in airBaltic livery, registration number YL-ABD (in the picture), which has been in regular traffic for only two weeks, landed from Dublin last night.
In addition to the media, representatives of Croatian carriers Croatia Airlines, Trade Air and ETF Airways were also invited to the presentation.
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08:30 - The guests are welcomed by Mrs. Anne Galabert - Head of External Communications
09:00 - Product briefing by Claude Debeauquenne - Head of Single-Aisle Market Development at Airbus, is expected - live video: "Currently it is possible to deliver five A220s per month, next year it will be possible to deliver six, and the goal is to reach 14 deliveries per month." "The aircraft on display in Zagreb is one of thirty in the AirBaltic fleet." "The A220 has the largest windows of any narrow-body aircraft on the market." "There are currently more than 25 buyers of this aircraft, with 643 orders." "173 A220 are active with 11 operators, flying more than 425 routes and 225 destinations."
09:20 The presentation is continued by Martin Gauss, President and CEO of airBaltic: "I believe the A220 is saving us in this corona crisis." "The longest A220 flight is Riga-Dubai, lasting approximately 7 hours without passenger and baggage restrictions." "airBaltic is the only major maintenance provider for the A220." "We carried 6.8 million passengers." "Currently, all of our Q400s have been grounded since March 2020. And they are being replaced by A220s on all routes." "airBaltic has a total of 50 orders with 30 options, planning to become and remain an operator with only A220 in the fleet." "On the Riga-Gatwick A220 line, it saves $ 775 in fuel compared to the 737."
09:35 - Claudea Debeauquenne stated that A220 is ideal for CTN because it can cover all routes, from the shortest Zagreb-Zadar to the longest, such as Zagreb - Dublin
10:00 - Tour of Airbus A220-300:
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The presentation takes place at a time when the national airline Croatia Airlines is considering ways to reorganize its operations and optimize its destination network and rejuvenate its aged fleet.
According to some information, Croatia is negotiating with the manufacturer to turn the previous order of four A320 NEO, which were supposed to start with delivery next year, into an order of A220s. A possible number of 15 new A220s appeared in the media. The method of financing this order is not yet known to the public.
Airbus A220 specifications
100–120 (135 max)
120–150 (160 max)
28–36 in (71–91 cm) in Y/J
28–38 in (71–97 cm) in Y/J
18.5 to 20 in (47 to 51 cm)
23.7 m³ / 839 cu.ft
31.6 m³ / 1,118 cu.ft
35.00 m / 114' 9"
38.71 m / 127' 0"
35.10 m / 115' 1" span / 112.3 m2 (1,209 sq ft) area (10.97 AR)
11.50 m / 37' 8"
3.7 m (12 ft 2 in)
3.28 m / 10' 9" width / 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) height