American airline JetBlue Airways is preparing for entry-into-service of its new Airbus A220 fleet with new full-flight simulators from CAE.
The announcement of the sale of two Airbus A220-300 CAE 7000XR Series full-flight simulators (FFSs) and two CAE 500XR flight training devices (FTDs) to JetBlue Airways was made by CAE at the World Aviation Training Symposium being held in Orlando, Florida this week.
“The Airbus A220 is a key component of JetBlue’s growth strategy and we are thrilled to be part of this airline’s journey,” said Nick Leontidis, CAE’s Group President Civil Aviation Training Solutions.
“We have been partners with JetBlue for over 15 years, and the purchase of these new FFSs and FTDs is yet another testament to the value CAE brings to its airline partners.”
The two CAE 7000XR Series FFSs will be equipped with the innovative CAE Tropos 6000XR visual system. See CAE video below.
JetBlue Airways has ordered 60 A220-300, the larger model of the Airbus A220 series. The airline’s fleet includes 192 A320 and A321ceo aircraft already in operation with another 85 A321neo on order.
The A220 was debveloped by Bombardier as the CSeries, and aimed at the 100-150 seat market.
“The A220 brings together state-of-the-art aerodynamics, advanced materials and Pratt & Whitney’s latest-generation PW1500G geared turbofan engines to offer at least 20 percent lower fuel burn per seat compared to previous generation aircraft” says Airbus.
“With a range of up to 3,200 nm (5020 km), the A220 offers the performance of larger single-aisle aircraft.”
More than 500 A220s have been ordered to date.