Passengers will love the new Qantas A220 regional jets

December 16, 2021

Qantas passengers will love the Airbus A220 regional jet, which will replace the airline’s 717s and some Fokker 100s.

Today the airline committed to ordering 20 of the A220-100 as part of a 40 order and 94 option announcement and includes the A321neoXLR.

The A220 was originally the Canadian Bombardier C Series but now has the backing of Airbus and will be sold as part of the aerospace giant’s portfolio of airliners.

It features a 3-2 cross-section with 18 inch wide seats with a generous 33inch seat pitch. And the middle seat of the 3 is 19 inches (48.3cm) wide!

The aircraft’s very large windows make the cabin seem far bigger than it is.

And the overhead bin space (below) is the largest of any regional jet and bests many larger planes.


Airbus A220 facts;

Innovative cabin design

  • The A220´s most innovative cabin cross-section for the small single-aisle market offers unrivaled living space for its passengers
  • With its optimized cross-section, the A220 incorporates a 5-abreast configuration for economy class and 4-abreast for business class.
  • Larger economy seats of 18+ ’’, the widest in its class. The middle seats are even wider at 19 in. (48.3 cm).
  • Large and accessible overhead bins with one roller-bag per passenger capability.
  • Large windows provide more natural light into the cabin.
  • Like the A320 Family, lavatories offered on the A220 Family have improved accessibility for passengers with reduced mobility
  • Business-class seat width is 21 in. (53.3 cm).


Community benefits

  • Like the A320 Family, the A220 Family offers the lowest noise levels of any commercial jet in production
  • Noise footprint is up to four times smaller than other in-production aircraft
  • Fuel burn advantage translates directly into a 20 percent reduction in CO2 emissions. Therefore one aircraft will reduce an operator’s emissions by up to 6,000 tonnes per year
  • Emits 50 percent fewer NOx emissions than the standards
  • The design, manufacturing, operations, and recyclability of the A220 earned it an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) upon its entry into service, an industry first.