Recent sources claim that Airbus is taking real steps to improve the plane’s marketability against the 737 MAX. The A220-500 may be unveiled at the Paris Airshow, according to Airbus. It could face competition from the 737 Max 8 and Embraer E2.
The plan would entail two fronts: confirming the usage of the CFM LEAP1 engine and increasing the capacity of the A220 with the A220-300 variant.
Airbus is betting on the smallest narrowbody aircraft market that will be competing directly with the Embraer E2 and Boeing 737 max 8 segments aircraft. further, it is improving the aircraft cabin seats.
The Pratt & Whitney PW1500G engine, which has experienced issues with availability, is the only one used by the A220 at the moment. Only the LEAP1-B, which is thought to be slightly less efficient but has reported fewer issues for its operators, is used to fly the Boeing jet.
Airbus SE may introduce a larger version of its A220 single-aisle airplane as early as next month, strengthening its portfolio versus Boeing Co. in the commercial aircraft market segment with the highest sales.
The world’s largest aircraft manufacturer has long insisted that it is a matter of when rather than if the A220-500, an expanded version of its smallest commercial jet, will be produced. The larger model would pit the aircraft against Boeing’s most popular 737 Max 8.
Some potential customers of the aircraft, unlike Southwest Airlines, who selected the 737 MAX 7, would have a compelling argument for the A220 with LEAP1 engines.
To offer the CFM turbofan, Airbus simply needs to offer a range comparable to the PW rival’s, or around 3,400 nautical miles.
Airbus may use the A220-500 as a way to meet the high demand for the A320neo family, notably the A321neo, LR, and XLR, which offer a remarkable range of 4,700 nautical miles.