Hmmm... Announcement on the tremendous A220-100 range increase right before Paris sales campaigns hit high gear. :scratching:
However, I do not believe lack of range has been any of the A220s major issues
Higher MTOW always sells. It is never given away. The extreame example is the A333. Initial examples have little to no resale value above scrap as payload at range is poor.
For an ULCC looking at the A230, range is certainly already an issue. I calculate maximum pax range of the old -100, at 120 kg per pax including seat, O2 subsystem, life jacket, catering, with only 2330nm of range. 2750nm with this upgrade.
A220-300 with 160 pax I now calculate 3,025nm range. That means taking off, at 105kg pax (people, bag, some catering, but leave the seat) 3 or 4 pax in the summer West coast US to Hawaii and perhaps 15 to 20 in winter.
The A220 also hasn't sold well. Airbus is addressing the barriers to sales. This is cost of production (sustainable sales price, needs volume,), reliability, and payload at range.
I would imagine that this Paris airshow has a huge LCC push. Because of how efficient the A220 is, range drops quickly with increasing payload.
I doubt one customer not flying TATL will buy on the headline range increase. I bet quite a few will on payload at range.
Oh, sell at an increased cost to existing customers. Bonus cash flow! I think JetBlue would use the range. I'll let others debate other airlines.
This is also a big boost over the E2-195. No longer can they claim similar range to the A220-100. For US TCON (my most common flight), this is huge. Winter wind margin.
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