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New A220 with Belfast-made wings star attraction at Farnborough

By Ryan McAleer ·

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Staff from Air Baltic show off their newly rebranded A220 at the Farnborough Airshow yesterday

Airbus made its new A220 planes with Belfast-made wings the star of the Farnborough Airshow yesterday, with reports that a new US airline could be set to order 60 jets.

The week-long aerospace extravaganza got under way in earnest, with Prime Minister Theresa May among the attendees enjoying a close look inside the A220.

Formerly known as Bombardier's C Series, the aircraft was placed front and centre by its new majority owner Airbus.

Despite announcing a string of orders for its larger aircraft series, there were no new takers confirmed for the A220 by Airbus yesterday.

But according to reports, an order for 60 A220 jets could be confirmed later this week. The buyer is believed to be David Neeleman, the original founder of JetBlue, who is rumoured to exploring the potential of establishing a new lost-cost airline with investors.

Mr Neeleman previously helped launch the Morris Air and JetBlue airlines in the USA, Westjet in Canada and Azul SA in Brazil.

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Staff from Air Baltic show off their newly rebranded A220 at the Farnborough Airshow yesterday