Air Canada confirms orders for 15 A220-300
The 15 additional aircraft scheduled for delivery in 2026.
Air Canada has converted options for 15 Airbus A220-300 aircraft into firm orders, taking the total order to 60 aircraft.
"This expanded order for the A220 is an important development in the modernisation of our fleet and a clear indication that we are emerging from the pandemic solidly positioned for the future," says Michael Rousseau, President and Chief Executive, Air Canada. "The A220 has become a mainstay of our narrowbody fleet, and its performance and passenger comfort are enabling us to compete effectively in the North American market. We are also proud to support the Canadian aerospace industry. This increased order will support jobs at Airbus' Mirabel factory and affirms Air Canada's positive economic impact in Montreal, Quebec and throughout Canada."
Benoît Schultz, CEO, Airbus Canada and Head of country Canada for Airbus adds: "This third re-order for the A220 in 2022 confirms the strong confidence that airlines worldwide have for this game-changing aircraft. With already over 30 aircraft in service in the country, this Canadian-designed and built aircraft has positively contributed to opening new routes as well as to making strides in reaching ambitious environmental goals for Air Canada – thanks to its unmatched efficiency."
Air Canada placed its initial order for the A220, then known as the Bombardier C Series, in 2016, with a firm order for 45 aircraft and 30 options, says an official release. The first A220 entered service for Air Canada in January 2020 and the airline currently operates a fleet of 31 A220s with two more deliveries expected in 2022. Six more will be delivered in each of 2024 and 2025 with the 15 additional aircraft scheduled for delivery in 2026. All of Air Canada's A220s are built in Mirabel, the release added.
"The modern and fuel-efficient A220 is playing an important role in Air Canada meeting its commitment to reach a goal of net zero emissions from all global operations by 2050. It yields a 25 percent reduction in fuel consumption per seat, as well as a 25 percent reduction in CO2 (carbon dioxide) emissions compared to previous generation of aircraft and NOx (nitrogen oxides) emissions that are 50 per cent below CAEP/6 standards. The A220 also delivers a 50 percent reduction in noise footprint than previous generation aircraft."
The A220-300, which seats 137 passengers in a Business and Economy configuration, has accumulated nearly 120,000 flying hours for Air Canada since entering service, the release added.