Langkawi, 23 May 2023 – Airbus has begun a demonstration tour of Southeast Asia with its latest generation A220. The aircraft arrived today at the Langkawi International Airshow (LIMA 2023) taking place in Malaysia, where it will be on static display for the first day of the show and will also undertake a demonstration flight for industry guests and members of the media.

The A220 is the most modern airliner in its size category, carrying between 100 to 160 passengers on flights of up to 3,450 nautical miles (6,400km). This would enable direct non-stop services between any two points in Malaysia and regional services to destinations afield such as Darwin and Perth in Australia, the Middle East, Tokyo and Seoul.

The A220 brings a 25% reduction in fuel consumption and carbon emissions when compared with previous-generation aircraft of a similar size. This makes an immediate contribution to industry goals to reduce the impact of aviation on the environment.

As with all Airbus aircraft, the A220 is already able to operate with up to 50% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). Airbus aims for all its aircraft to be capable of operating with 100% SAF by 2030.

The aircraft which will be on display at LIMA 2023 is leased by Airbus from airBaltic. It features a comfortable layout with 148 seats in a single-class passenger cabin. Prior to flying to Langkawi the aircraft made a stop in Kuching in Sarawak, where it was refuelled with a 10% blend of SAF, supplied by Neste.

Following the stop in Langkawi, the aircraft will continue on its tour to visit Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Bangkok and Koh Samui.

The A220 is available in two versions, with the -100 variant seating between 100 and 130 passengers and the larger -300 variant seating between 130 and 160 in typical layouts. It has the largest cabin, seats and windows in its class, offering passengers superior comfort. The aircraft is powered by the latest generation Pratt & Whitney PW1500G geared turbofan engines.

To date, Airbus has received 785 orders for the A220 and delivered more than 260 aircraft for this Programme.

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