If an airline would order couple of A220-300s right now and willing to receive them asap. How long would be the wait for this airline to get the first frames delivered?
Does some airlines are delaying their slots?
How long does it take to remove the Delta logos? There were 2 completed and test flown A220-300s a couple of months ago (1 Delta, 1 AirBaltic). Should be more now - how many do you want?
Just because deliveries are delayed doesn’t mean Airbus is allowed to hand those aircraft over to another customer. The customer needs to give an indication that they will never take those frames or Airbus has to negotiate with the customer. Can’t sell them to someone else and be in a situation where come November the original customer wants the plane and whoops now Airbus is the one who has to delay delivery because they no longer have a plane for them.
Since last week, Delta is taking up planes from Airbus again. They have taken up two A320 family members. The last have had been taken up in Mar-2020.
After prolonged time parked (only performing regular some engine runs and taxi checks), 4x A220-100 and 2x A220-300 have recently started to perform test flights again. Only one A220-100 is still parked. So we can expect some deliveries in next days and weeks.
Edit: A220-100 50051 and 50053 are already handed over, so they shall perform the delivery flight soon.
If someone orders a A220 and want to get it ASAP, as seen in last years for some customers, you can get the A220 in around 12 to 18 month after finalization of the contract.
Additional there are 6x A220-300 parked by lessors in the Netherlands and waiting to be picked up. They were original scheduled for RedWings, but have not been taken up.
3x was planned to lease them to Green Africa in summer; then the aviation market got COVID.
3x were planned to be leased to Air Madagascar in Q1 2020, then they got in financial trouble.
So it seem 3x A220-300 can be leased in narrow time.