Airbus has broadly solidified its desire to see a third member of the A220 family with the transcontinental range of today’s largest model, as it seeks engine proposals from not only incumbent Pratt & Whitney, but also CFM International.
Airbus’s Chief Commercial Officer, Christian Scherer in an interview with The Air Current detailed the company’s maturing thinking around the A220-500. His comments are the first public discussion around adding a second engine supplier for not just a newly stretched model, but for the existing A220-100 and A220-300 originally spawned by Bombardier before the program was acquired by Airbus in 2018.
Scherer called the A220-300’s 3,550nm range “the sweetspot” while pondering the performance of the stretched A220. “I’m happy to see that both engine manufacturers — Pratt and CFM — have acknowledged that requirement,” said Scherer.
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