JetBlue on Monday showed off images of its first Airbus A220-300, previously called the Bombardier CS300, rolling out of Airbus’ Mobile, Alabama assembly plant.
The new jet comes complete with a new tail pattern, called “Hops,” crafted by JetBlue’s own designers in homage to the practice in aviation of hopping, where a traveler takes multiple short trips or flights that add up to a “larger journey.”
In July 2018, the airline announced an ordered for 60 Airbus A220-300 aircraft with delivery beginning in 2020, and the option for 60 additional aircraft beginning in 2025.
At the time of the order, JetBlue was aiming to ensure the best financial performance of the airline’s fleet while providing maximum flexibility to execute its network strategy and enhancing its customer experience.
“We are evolving our fleet for the future of JetBlue, and the A220-300’s impressive range and economics offer us flexibility and support our key financial and operating priorities,” JetBlue’s chief executive officer, Robin Hayes said back in 2018.
JetBlue expects to phase out its existing fleet of E190 aircraft as the more efficient A220s come on stream.
The A220 is the only aircraft purpose built for the 100-150 seat market; it delivers unbeatable fuel efficiency and true widebody comfort in a single-aisle aircraft. The A220’s combination of state-of-the-art aerodynamics, advanced materials and Pratt & Whitney’s latest-generation PW1500G geared turbofan engines offer at least 20 percent lower fuel burn per seat compared to previous generation aircraft. It offers the performance of larger single-aisle aircraft with a range of up to 3,200 nm (5,020 km).
City hops. Island hops. Short hops. Our new A220s will make it easier to bounce from place to place. Is it any surprise the tailfin pattern is named, um, Hops? pic.twitter.com/Gi3Y1xzsD9— JetBlue (@JetBlue) October 19, 2020