Delta delays Airbus A220 launch due to federal shutdown

October 29, 2018 Atlanta: The tail section of the Delta new A220 aircraft is seen at the Delta Air Lines TechOps on Monday, Oct 29, 2018, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com
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October 29, 2018 Atlanta: The tail section of the Delta new A220 aircraft is seen at the Delta Air Lines TechOps on Monday, Oct 29, 2018, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

Delta Air Lines said it is delaying the launch of its new Airbus A220 jets due to certification delays amid the partial federal shutdown.

Atlanta-based Delta had planned to launch the 109-seat A220 into service Jan. 31 with flights from New York’s LaGuardia Airport.

However, since the federal shutdown began, Delta had been monitoring the situation and raised the likelihood that it would have to delay the A220 launch.

On Friday, Delta said it decided to postpone the debut “due to delays in certification processes that are required by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.”

The airline said it would operate the flights with other planes and it did not expect any flight cancellations nor impact on customers as a result.

Earlier this month, Delta also said the shutdown is taking a $25 million toll on its business for January, as fewer government contractors and employees travel.

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