Air Canada has taken delivery of its first
Designed, built and delivered from the Mirabel
A220 programme facilities in Canada, the aircraft will enter
service in January 2020.
is the first airline to
operate the A220-300, formerly the Bombardier CS300, in North America.
The A220, the first of 45 that the
Montreal-based airline has on order, has a dual-class cabin that seats 137 passengers
- 12 in
business class and 125 in economy class.
“This is a highly anticipated moment for Air
Canada as we welcome this game-changing aircraft into our fleet,
the next step in our fleet modernisation,” said Michael Rousseau,
Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer at Air
Canada. “It will not only allow
us to transport our customers in comfort, but also further our
environmental commitment with its improved efficiency. The A220
will enable Air Canada to strengthen our position on transborder
and transcontinental markets and will be key to our continued
growth. Our customers will benefit from the A220’s innovative
design features, including a choice of two spacious and
comfortable cabins, larger overhead bins, bigger windows and a
quieter experience in flight.”
Powered by Pratt & Whitney’s latest-generation
PW1500G geared turbofan engines, the
A220 will allow Air Canada to fly Montreal to Seattle as well as
Toronto to San Jose, as of Spring 2020.
“This delivery is a historical moment and makes
all of us at Airbus Canada extremely proud. In just a few weeks,
Canadians will be able to fly on board this Canadian-designed and
assembled aircraft for the first time in Air Canada’s distinctive
and emblematic Maple Leaf livery that symbolizes Canada around the
world,” said Philippe Balducchi, CEO, Airbus Canada Limited
Partnership and Head of Country, Canada for Airbus.
The first Air Canada A220 will be unveiled to
the public and media during a ceremony at the airline’s
headquarters in Montreal on 15 January 2020.