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On May 20, Airbus celebrated the delivery of the 12,000th aircraft in its 50-year history. The aircraft was an A220-100, assembled in Mirabel, Que., and handed over to U.S.-based Delta Air Lines.
The aircraft is the twelfth A220 delivered to Delta Air Lines since the carrier received its first A220 in October 2018. The A220 started scheduled service with Delta in February, 2019. Delta is the first U.S. airline to operate the A220 and is the largest A220 customer, with a firm order for 90 aircraft.
This milestone delivery of a Canadian-made Airbus aircraft to a U.S.-based airline highlights the growing presence of Airbus in North America. Since Airbus’ leadership of the A220 program became effective on July 1, 2018, ground was broken in January this year in Mobile, Ala., for the construction of a second A220 final assembly line, set to start deliveries to U.S. customers in 2020.