Air Canada Takes Delivery Of Its 5th Airbus A220 Amid COVID

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On Saturday May 23rd, Air Canada took delivery of its fifth Airbus A220 aircraft. The plane, C-GJXW, has already entered domestic passenger service with flights in the coming days between Toronto and Calgary.

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Air Canada has received its fifth A220 in the middle of the current crisis. Photo: Air Canada

Air Canada’s fifth Airbus A220

According to data from Planespotters, C-GJXW is the latest Airbus A220 delivery and the first in over two months. The A220-300 joins a fleet of four other new A220s flying for Air Canada. The first of these jets arrived in December of last year.

Translation: Delivery of the 5th Air Canada A220-300 man 55082 C-GJXW. In Toronto, this is the 11th A220 delivered in 2020 (tracking link). 

Before this, the last A220-300 delivery was also for Air Canada back on March 7th. Meanwhile, the last A220-100 delivery was on March 6th to Delta Air Lines.

After arriving in Toronto from the Mirabel facility in Montreal, the aircraft entered revenue passenger service between Toronto and Calgary according to tracking data from Flightradar24. As Air Canada ramps up its flight schedules, expect more routes to receive service on the flag carrier’s newest plane.

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This plane is the newest in Air Canada’s fleet. Photo: Air Canada

The five A220s flying for Air Canada currently are registered as:

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  • C-GROV
  • C-GJXE
  • C-GJXN
  • C-GJXV
  • C-GJXW

None of Air Canada’s A220s are stored. However, these aircraft are not operating robust flight schedules. In the current downturn, you can find them flying on routes from Toronto to Calgary and Edmonton.

Air Canada’s Airbus A220-300

With the delivery of this fifth A220, Air Canada has a further 40 of the aircraft on order. This year, the airline expects to take on 13 more A220-300s.

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The first A220 arrived at Air Canada in 2019. Photo: Air Canada

The aircraft can seat a total of 137 people in a two-class configuration. There are 12 business class seats in a 2-2 configuration and 125 economy seats in a 2-3 layout. Compared to other narrowbody jets like the Boeing 737 or A320, this A220 has fewer middle seats per row. Not to mention, the 19-inch wide economy class seats are the widest in Air Canada’s fleet, giving passengers a little more room.

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Business Class on the A220-300. Photo: Air Canada

All seats have personal, on-demand entertainment through seatback screens. The airline has also offered passengers power outlets and USB ports for charging up devices.

The 2-3 layout in coach means fewer middle seats. Photo: Air Canada

The A220 has been a gamechanger during this pandemic

There are few airlines that have the A220 in their fleet and are not flying them right now. This is becoming a very popular jet despite double-digit declines in passenger numbers.

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The A220s have proven to be more popular with airlines during this crisis than many other types. Photo: Air Canada

Delta Air Lines has still been flying its A220s. airBaltic is resuming operations as an all-A220 airline. And, Air Canada’s A220s are all still flying as well. This is because of the aircraft’s size. It is small and very efficient. Carriers, including Air Canada, have put it on all kinds of short- and medium-haul services. And, with lower fuel-burn, it is helping airlines save some much-needed cash. The aircraft is such an attractive option for Air Canada that the airline has secured financing commitments for upcoming A220s.

Have you had a chance to fly on this brand new Airbus A220? Let us know in the comments!

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