Airbus demonstrates A220-300 aircraft at TIA

Kathmandu, November 12

The latest edition of the Airbus family, the A220-300 aircraft, made its first visit to Nepal as part of a world demonstration tour today.

The aircraft, which can accommodate 145 passengers, is on a demo tour of four countries including Nepal, China, Thailand and Turkey.

Speaking to the media here at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Christine De Gagne, aircraft interiors marketing director, Customer Affairs of Airbus, said that the A220-300 aircraft has been designed in such a way that it gives passengers the feeling of flying in a wide-body aircraft despite it being a narrow-body aircraft.

“Offering unsurpassed performance and superior passenger comfort in the small single-aisle market, the A220-300 offers exceptional performance, comfort and profitability and is well suited for high altitude airports such as Kathmandu,” she claimed.

As the only aircraft purpose-built for the 100-150 seat market, the A220-300 delivers unbeatable fuel efficiency and true wide-body comfort in a single-aisle aircraft.

The aircraft brings together state-of-the-art aerodynamics, advanced materials and Pratt & Whitney’s latest-generation PW1500G geared turbofan engines to offer at least a 20 per cent lower fuel burn per seat compared to previous generation aircraft, according to Airbus officials.

With a range of up to 3,200 nautical miles (5,020 km), the A220-300 offers the performance of a larger single-aisle aircraft.