Airbus A220 aircraft to visit Auckland, Australia and Pacific

European aircraft manufacturer Airbus will soon show off its latest commercial aircraft offering, the Airbus A220, Down Under.

The tour will begin in Vanuatu, home to the region's A220 launch customer - Air Vanuatu. 

The aircraft will then visit Sydney, Brisbane, Auckland, Noumea and Port Moresby, before heading back to Europe via Cambodia and India.

Airbus is leasing an A220-300 from Latvia's airBaltic for the tour, which will visit a total of nine destinations in seven countries. 

The company is trying to impress Air NZ and Qantas for sales.
The company is trying to impress Air NZ and Qantas for sales. Photo credit: Airbus.

While in Auckland, the plane will be visited by airline executives and invited guests.

The flight will be in New Zealand for the day on Friday 1 November.

The new Airbus A220 is currently the only newly designed aircraft in the 100-150 seat market, and offers at least a 20 percent fuel saving compared to aircraft of a similar size.

The aircraft's range would allow it to be able to fly non-stop between Auckland and Perth and anywhere in between.

As of September, airlines had placed orders for 525 of the A220s, with 90 already in service.

The exact dates of the visit are yet to be confirmed, but it's expected to be in the coming weeks.

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