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Montreal, Canada, January 15, 2020

Air Canada Celebrates the Arrival of its First Airbus A220, Continuing its Fleet Modernization Program

Air Canada Celebrates the Arrival of its First Airbus A220, Continuing its Fleet Modernization Program

Air Canada unveiled the newest member of its fleet, the Airbus A220-300. Built in Mirabel, Quebec, the Bombardier-designed aircraft continues Air Canada's fleet modernization and is destined to be extremely popular with customers, as well as helping Air Canada reduce its carbon footprint through a 20 per cent reduction in fuel consumption per seat.


A220 Opens Up New Opportunities for Air Canada

The A220-300 maiden commercial flight, scheduled January 16 to Calgary from Montreal, is one of several existing Canadian and U.S. transborder routes deployed from Montreal and Toronto that will be served as more A220-300 aircraft join the Air Canada fleet.

The first two new A220 routes for Air Canada begin May 4, 2020 with the launch of Montreal-Seattle and Toronto-San Jose, California service, the only non-stop service between these city pairs.

 "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.

 

About the Air Canada A220-300

Air Canada has firm orders for 45 A220s, with a total list price value of US$3.8 billion for the order at the time it was made, all of which are to be built at Airbus Canada’s Mirabel facility.

Air Canada will be the first North American carrier to operate the larger A220-300 version of the aircraft, which has a range of 3,200 nautical miles. The A220 will also further Air Canada's environmental commitment, with engines projected to yield a 20 per cent reduction in fuel consumption per seat.

The two-class cabin has 137 seats: 12 in a 2x2 configuration in Business Class and 125 in a 3x2 layout for Economy passengers. Customers will 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 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, extra shoulder room and storage make this an unparalleled interior in the narrow-body segment. 

Every 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 high-quality 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.

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