The newly renamed CSERIES is now the A220 and jetBlue have made the second largest order for the type since Delta’s 75 unit one 18 months ago.
60 of the A220-300’s as the larger of the two models is apparently now known, will replace the E190 fleet which is going to come as a sharp slap in the face to Boeing, who have just bought an 80% stake in Embraer.
It seems Airbus wanted to announce all this at Farnborough originally but the news was leaking out and they decided just to get it over with, flying a newly painted house colours unit into Toulouse.
This is a huge breakthrough for the new owner and the programme and sets a major milestone for the type. This is the largest order so far for the -300 version.
JetBlue plans to take five A220s in 2020, followed by four in 2021, eight in 2022, 19 in 2023, 22 in 2024, and two in 2025.
The E190 will be phased out as new A223’s arrive.
jetBlue has also swapped 25 A320neo to A321neo, taking 13 A321neos in 2019, followed by 15, 16, 15, 14, and 12 each year through 2024.
The A223 will be built at the new US final assembly plant.