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Airbus Debunks Rumors of A220-500 Launch at Paris AirshowPARIS, FRANCE — Airbus announced on Wednesday that it currently has no plans to introduce a stretched version of its A220 jetliner, dispelling rumors of an imminent launch at the upcoming Paris Airshow. (www.airlinerwatch.com) More...
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A220-500 won't take sales from Boeing. It will just rob sales from the A320. There's just not a need, or rather the damage an A225 can cause to Airbus' flagship NB plane outweighs the benefits.
As stated in the article, the A220 program is not currently profitable. Developing a new variant should wait until Airbus does what it takes to put it in the black.
Already selling all they can build in Canada, multi-year backlog of orders across the whole Airbus range. Sensible to hold off with the -500 airframe stretch for now.
FYI, there is also a second plant in Mobile Alabama.
Yeah and it's production capacity is pathetic. They're making around 50 jets a year
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