Air Canada unveiled its new Airbus A220-300 in Montreal yesterday, Wednesday, January 15, 2020. The shiny new aircraft, the first of the 45 that the airline has in order, will start flying today. Lucky passengers on AC317 between Montreal and Calgary this morning will be the first to travel on the new plane.
The airline is also prepared to quickly deploy the A220 on new international routes, flying between Montreal and Seattle and Toronto to San Jose.
The best passenger experience in its class in North America
The airline says its new narrow body of 137 passengers Quebec made planes will provide the best passenger experience in its class for domestic flights in North America. The plane has 12 executive class seats in a 2-2 design and 125 economy class seats in a 2-3 design.
All passengers, regardless of where they are sitting, You will have access to high-speed Wi-Fi satellite Personal TVs with touch screen that allow door-to-door access to audio and video programs on demand, moving maps with flight route data and games and wellness applications.
In the main economic cabin, the inclination of the seat is 76.2 cm, the width of the seat is 48.01 cm and the seat recline is 7.62 cm. Also in the economy cabin, each seat has power in the seat for laptops, USB ports for recharging, adjustable headrests and ambient lighting. In the front of the executive class, the inclination of the seat is 93.98 cm, the width of the seat is 52.07 cm and the seat recline is 15.24 cm.
Mark Galardo, vice president of network planning for Air Canada, said Financial position The A220 is the best airline in its class. In addition to having the largest economy class seat on the market, he cited the larger windows and ample luggage space on the roof as the key to providing greater overall comfort for passengers.
In a statement provided to Simple Flying, Air canada said;
“This plane changes the rules of the game for Air Canada since there is simply no rival in this category. The A220 will further strengthen our position in cross-border and transcontinental markets and will be critical in our continued growth. Our customers will benefit from innovative design features in a spacious and comfortable cabin. “
The Air Canada order put the A220 program on a stronger basis
The A220 order of Air Canada helped put the production of the plane on a stronger basis. The manufacture of the aircraft went from Bombardier to Airbus in 2018 and since then sales have increased significantly as the A220 production program was revitalized. And the manufacturer continues to appreciate that Air Canada is the first American airline to put money and order the A220.
Calin Rovinescu, President and CEO of Air Canada, said yesterday;
“I am especially satisfied today given the role of Air Canada in completing the 2016 order for the C Series, as it was called then, 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 important carriers ”.
It is not a provisional resource or a substitute for 737 MAX
Possibly, Air Canada did not need much persuasion. While it is smaller than 737 MAX, the A220 is more efficient at 20% fuel and more agile in terms of airports that it can access. And while bringing the A220 will allow Air Canada to begin phasing out its use of aircraft such as the Embraer E190 with 97 seats, Air Canada says the A220 is not a substitute or a provisional resource for the 737 MAX.
Air canada It has 24 Boeing 737 MAX grounded and another 37 in order. The airline expected to have 36 MAX in the air by the end of 2019. Air Canada says its contingency plans to cover the gaps left by the 737 MAX ground do not include the A220.
On the contrary, Air Canada believes that the A220 opens up new opportunities for the airline. They say that the aircraft will not only facilitate future growth but also strengthen its existing market share on North American routes.
A220 deliveries to Air Canada will continue during 2020 and beyond.