Airbus has unveiled Air Canada’s first Airbus A220.
The new aircraft rolled out of the painting hangar at the A220 final assembly line in Montréal–Mirabel International Airport.
In December, Air Canada will become the first Canadian airline to take delivery of this Canadian-designed and developed aircraft when it receives the first of its 45 A220s on order.
The A220 features an innovative cabin design, as well as significantly lower emissions and a reduced noise footprint.
The A220-300 for Air Canada will provide passengers with superior comfort in a 137-seat dual-class cabin layout. Air Canada’s brand-new A220-300s will replace the flag carrier’s existing mainline fleet of smaller, older narrow-body aircraft and support the airline’s hub and network growth, creating one of the world’s youngest and most fuel efficient fleets.
Now that the aircraft is decked out in Air Canada’s livery, it has moved to pre-flight activities in the A220 flight line hangar in Mirabel, before taking off for its first flight later this fall.
Currently, there are 94 A220 aircraft flying with six operators on regional and transcontinental routes in Asia, America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, proving the great versatility of Airbus’ latest family member. The A220 has an order book of 530 aircraft as of the end of October 2019.
About Air Canada
Air Canada is Canada’s largest domestic and international airline serving more than 200 airports on six continents. Canada’s flag carrier is among the 20 largest airlines in the world.
Routes: Air Canada’provides scheduled passenger service directly to 64 airports in Canada, 60 in the United States and 98 in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and South America.
Fleet: Air Canada operates over 180 aircraft, including:
- 10 Airbus A330
- 15 Airbus A321
- 37 Airbus A320
- 16 Airbus A319
- 24 Boeing 737
- 5 Boeing 767
- 25 Boeing 777
- 37 Boeing 787
- 15 Embraer E190
(Source: aircanada.com at date of writing)
Passenger numbers: In 2018, Air Canada, together with its Air Canada Express regional partners, carried nearly 51 million passengers.
Alliance: Star Alliance
N.B. Image credit: Airbus