Air Canada has taken delivery of its first Airbus A220-300.
Built in Mirabel, Quebec, this
Bombardier-designed aircraft has 137 seats: 12 in a 2x2
configuration in Business Class and 125 in a 3x2 layout in Economy
have more personal space thanks to the widest economy seats in the
fleet at 19 inches, and the largest overhead stowage bins for an
aircraft of this size.
Additional features include larger
windows and full-colour LED ambient and customizable mood lighting
that contribute to reducing fatigue while travelling. The high
ceilings, light cabin, extra shoulder room and storage make this a
very enjoyable aircraft to fly in.
seat on the A220 features a Panasonic in-flight entertainment
system with content available in 15 languages and featuring more
than 1,000 hours of entertainment, including content
from Bell Media's premium entertainment service, Crave, and
Montreal-based multi-platform audio service, Stingray. The system
also offers dynamic closed captioning for the deaf and is
accessible to the visually impaired. The A220 will also have
satellite-based, high speed Wi-Fi access.
"This is an historic moment for Air Canada as we welcome the
Airbus A220 into our fleet. We are the first airline in Canada to operate this next-generation aircraft, which was designed by
Bombardier in Mirabel, Quebec. Our customers will enjoy a level of
comfort unrivalled on a single-aisle aircraft and the A220's
operating efficiencies promise meaningful environmental and cost
benefits. The arrival of the first of our order of 45 A220s, with
a list price value of US$3.8 billion at the time it was made,
underscores our contribution to Canada's aerospace industry and
its economy," said Calin Rovinescu, Air Canada's President and
Chief Executive Officer. "I am especially pleased today given Air
Canada's role in completing the 2016 order for the C Series, as it
was then called, at a time when the future of this aircraft
program was in doubt. We are very proud to have paved the way for
orders from other major carriers."
Air Canada's first A220-300, which has a range of
3,200 nautical miles, will today (16/1/2020) fly its maiden commercial
service between Montreal and Calgary. As more A220s enter the
fleet, the aircraft will be initially deployed from Montreal and
Toronto on existing Canadian and transborder routes such as to
Ottawa, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton and New York – La Guardia.
The first two new A220 routes for Air Canada begin
4 May 2020
with the launch of Montreal-Seattle and Toronto-San Jose, California service, the only non-stop service between these city
"The A220 will allow Air Canada to further
strengthen our position on transborder and transcontinental
markets and be instrumental in our continued growth. The A220 will
allow us to further expand our North American network, offering
customers new routes and more robust year-round schedules. When
connecting through our hubs across Canada onward to international
destinations, customers travelling on an A220 will benefit from a
virtually seamless cabin experience offering a comparable level of
service and comforts as on a widebody aircraft," said Mark Galardo,
Vice President of Network Planning at Air Canada.
The A220 will
also further Air Canada's environmental commitment, with engines
projected to yield a 20 per cent reduction in fuel consumption per
"Airbus is very proud to be celebrating with our longstanding
customer Air Canada, as they add their first A220 to their fleet.
Airbus has been in Canada for over 35 years, and today we are
becoming even more Canadian as passengers from Canada are about to
discover a brand new flying experience on board this state-of-the
art Canadian-designed and built aircraft. Congratulations to
everyone at Air Canada and to the Airbus Canada team in Mirabel
for this fantastic achievement. We look forward to continuing to
develop our partnership with Air Canada for the years to come,"
said Philippe Balducchi, CEO, Airbus Canada Limited Partnership
and Head of Country Canada for Airbus.