Airbus has launched an extensive tour of the Pacific region to showcase the A220, its latest family member.
An A220-300 leased from Latvia’s airBaltic, which will visit nine destinations in seven countries.
These will include three stops in Asia on the return journey to Europe.
The first stop of the tour will be the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu, home to the region’s A220 launch customer Air Vanuatu.
The aircraft will then visit Australia (Sydney and Brisbane), New Zealand (Auckland), New Caledonia (Noumea) and Papua New Guinea (Port Moresby). On the way back to Europe, the aircraft will stop in Cambodia (Phnom Penh) and India (Bangalore and New Delhi).
Static displays are planned at each stop, as well as demonstration flights for airline executives and other invited guests.
The A220 is the only new design aircraft in the 100-150 seat market and incorporates state-of-the-art technologies, the latest aerodynamic design and new-generation engines. Together, these advances generate fuel savings of at least 20% compared with older-generation aircraft of a similar size.