Exponential Growth: Top Routes And Airlines For The A220

Think of the A220, and you’ll probably think of Delta, SWISS, or airBaltic. These three operators have 104…

Exponential Growth: Top Routes And Airlines For The A220

Think of the A220, and you’ll probably think of Delta, SWISS, or airBaltic. These three operators have 104 of the 152 aircraft with airlines worldwide. While the US is very much the leading country for the A220s, Riga is the number-one airport and Busan to Seoul Gimpo the top route.

Delta is the largest of all A220 operators. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying.

The world’s first commercial CS100 flight took off from Zurich to Paris CDG with SWISS on July 15th, 2016. It was joined almost exactly five months later by the maiden commercial flight of the larger CS300 on December 14th. airBaltic used the -300 from Riga to Amsterdam, replacing the winglet-equipped B737-300 that operated it the day before.

The larger variant quickly became popular

The CSeries became the A220 in 2018, a year in which seats almost reached the nine million mark. As with other aircraft, the importance of the larger and more cost-efficient variant was already clear. Between 2018 and 2021, the A220-300 has added virtually 10 million seats, against 4.1 million for the -100.

Basic aircraft economics indicates that the larger the aircraft, the higher the trip cost, but the lower the seat-mile cost. This is partly why smaller aircraft, like the A318, do less well, except in very niche roles.

This year, the A220-300 has 72% of all A220 seats. Note that the CSeries is included here to account for the time before it changed names. Source: OAG Schedules Analyzer

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10 airlines use the A220

Just two airlines have the A220-100 against 10 for the -300. Only Delta and SWISS use both variants, with the current airline fleet summarized below based on Planespotters.net data. Note that some aircraft are parked.

  1. Delta: 49 A220s (41x -100s, eight -300s)
  2. SWISS: 29 (20x -300s, nine -100s)
  3. airBaltic: 26 (-300s)
  4. Air Canada: 19 (-300s)
  5. EgyptAir: 12 (-300s)
  6. Korean Air: 10 (-300s)
  7. Air Austral: two (-300s on order; see below)
  8. Air Tanzania: two (-300s)
  9. JetBlue: two (-300s)
  10. Air Manas: one (-300)

While the A220 is on order for Air Austral, which is based in the Indian Ocean location of Reunion, they are due to enter scheduled service from June. In that first month, the type will be operated from Saint-Denis to Antananarivo, Dzaoudzi, and Nosy-Be.

As airBaltic has 26 A220-300s. Photo: Getty Images

Where is best to see the A220?

Some 226 airports are due to see the A220 this year, analyzing data supplied by airlines to OAG reveals. Having taken delivery of its 26th aircraft earlier this month and primarily revolving around one airport, it’s no surprise that Riga sees the most A220s, as follows.

Indeed, the dominance of airBaltic at Riga is such that 68% of flights at the airport are by the A220. The aircraft has more than five times as many flights as the second-most used aircraft, the B737-800, which mainly flies with Ryanair.

  1. Riga: approximately 23,522 two-way A220 flights
  2. Zurich: 23,258
  3. Cairo: 15,614
  4. Salt Lake City: 15,486
  5. Jeju: 12,203
  6. Toronto: 11,762
  7. Busan 11,516
  8. New York La Guardia: 11,465
  9. Seoul Gimpo: 11,210
  10. Geneva: 9,900
Delta and SWISS are the only users of both the -100 and -300. Photo: Getty Images.

Where in the world?

Despite only two US airports appearing in the above list, namely Salt Lake City and La Guardia, the US is very much the leading country for the A220. This year, it has an estimated 54,787 flights by the aircraft, helped by JetBlue adding more routes, for an almost one-third share (32%) of the world’s total.

South Korea is the world’s second-largest country by total A220 flights, mainly because of very short flights. Photo: Alan Wilson via Wikimedia.

However, the dominance of the US isn’t really reflected in the most popular routes for the A220, as shown below. Instead, it shows how important South Korea is for the aircraft, despite Korean Air having ‘only’ 10 aircraft. Multiple very short routes very much drive this. The world’s top A220 route, Busan to Seoul Gimpo, is just 203 miles, while the second, Busan to Jeju, is 183.

Not surprisingly, South Korea is the world’s second-largest nation for A220 movements, although it still has well under half the number as the US.

  1. Busan to Seoul Gimpo: approximately 5,471 two-way A220 flights
  2. Busan-Jeju: 4,449
  3. Jeju-Seoul Gimpo: 4,279
  4. Chicago O’Hare-New York La Guardia: 3,872
  5. Salt Lake City-Orange County: 3,440
  6. Cairo-Sharm El-Sheikh: 3,060
  7. Cairo-Hurghada: 3,044
  8. Dallas Fort Worth-New York La Guardia: 2,970
  9. Aswan-Cairo: 2,849
  10. Ottawa-Toronto: 2,723

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Air France And Airbus Face Manslaughter Charges For Deadly 2009 Crash

Air France and Airbus are looking likely to have to stand trial for the crash of an aircraft that took place over 10 years ago. Air France flight 447, operated by an Airbus A330, crashed into the Atlantic Ocean while flying from Rio de Janeiro to Paris on June 1st, 2009. A French appeals court has today overturned a previous decision not to press charges on the planemaker or the airline.

Air France and Airbus will face charges over the crash in 2009. Photo: Getty Images

Involuntary manslaughter

The crash of Air France 447 was the deadliest in the history of the airline. 216 passengers and 12 crew members lost their lives after the Airbus A330 stalled in a thunderstorm and crashed into the ocean. Subsequent investigations blamed pilot errors, but also highlighted an issue with faulty speed monitoring equipment.

Following the crash, the Public Prosecutors Office had called for a manslaughter trial against Air France, alleging that the airline did not provide sufficient information to its pilots on the procedures to be followed. It cited several incidents of a similar nature that had occurred in the months preceding the crash of AF 447.

However, in September 2019, all charges were dropped. At the time, the investigating judges said, as reported by the Financial Times, that,

“[This] accident is evidently due to a conjunction of elements that had never occurred before, and thus highlighted dangers that could not have been perceived before this accident”.

Air France 447
It took two years to recover the ‘black box’ from the crash site. Photo: Getty Images

However, the association representing the relatives of the victims, ‘Association entraide et solidarité vol AF447’, appealed the judgment. Today, the Court of Appeal of Paris has overturned the 2019 decision, and has ordered that Air France and planemaker Airbus be tried for involuntary manslaughter in relation to the accident.

Danièle Lamy, president of the Association entraide et solidarité vol AF447, told France 24 that,

“It is an immense satisfaction to have the feeling of having finally been heard by the courts.”

Iced Pitot tubes

Following investigations, the French Bureau of Enquiry and Analysis for Civil Aviation Safety (BEA) cause of the crash of Air France flight 447 has been attributed to a combination of factors. The main issue is believed to have been faulty readings from the Pitot sensors, which had become iced up during the flight. The report states that one of the causes was likely,

“Temporary inconsistency between the measured airspeeds, likely following the obstruction of the Pitot probes by ice crystals that led in particular to autopilot disconnection and a reconfiguration to alternate law.”

Air France 447
The recovery made use of an ROV to find wreckage on the ocean floor. Photo: Getty Images

It goes on to say that the problem was further compounded by the crew making incorrect decisions. Most crucially, the crew did not identify the approaching stall, and therefore could not implement corrective actions in time.

The aircraft crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Brazil at just after 2 AM on the 1st of June 2009. It took two years for the flight recorders to be recovered from the ocean floor, which required the use of a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) due to the depth involved.

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