Air Canada Brings Forward First Airbus A220 Services to January 

Air Canada has now begun offering flights on its brand new A220-300s months ahead of schedule.

Air Canada launches new A220s ahead of schedule. Photo: Air Canada

Earlier this month, Simple Flying reported that Air Canada had announced the first routes for its new A220s in the spring of 2020. The routes designated as the airline’s first on this type of aircraft were meant to be Toronto to San Jose and Montreal to Seattle. Both services were supposed to be in operation starting the 4th of May 2020. 

However, Simple Flying has now learned that Air Canada will launch alternative routes using its A220s as soon as 16th of January 2020. 

The new routes will be internal 

Whilst the initial routes to San Jose and Seattle were meant to each operate once per day, Routes Online has found that the new January flights will now run 11 times per week on their domestic Montreal to Calgary route. This route will begin on the 16th of January, 2020, with extra services added from the 5th of March to create three daily flights. 

Air Canada had previously taken the decision to launch the Toronto to San Jose route on the same day as the Montreal to Seattle route – an unusual choice for most big airlines who prefer a more staggered approach. However, it now seems that Air Canada is playing more to the status quo and it is not launching another route on the A220 aircraft on the same day.

The next service will be launched on the 19th of January 2020. This will be another domestic service from Montreal to Toronto which will operate three round-trips on Sundays between 19th January and 1st March. 

The airline will also operate further domestic routes as well as certain North American routes. The following services will be launched in early March 2020: 

  • Montreal to Edmonton 
  • Montreal to New York La Guardia 
  • Toronto to Edmonton
  • Toronto to Ottawa. 

Another flight from Montreal to Winnipeg will start two daily flights on 5th April 2020.

The A220 will be in operation from January 2020. Photo: Air Canada

Increased services for Air Canada

The new scheduled flights will surely come as welcome news to customers and the airline alike since Air Canada was forced to ground 24 of its Boeing 737 MAX aircraft until at least January 2020.

The initial grounding had been set to end in August 2019 but has now been extended whilst the manufacturers get the seal of approval from aviation safety regulators. The grounding has seen Air Canada lose 100 daily flights as a result of being unable to fly its Boeing 737 MAX.

Air canada A220 interior
Inside the A220. Photo: Air Canada

The latest model of Airbus is becoming a popular choice with international airlines. Air Canada’s new Airbus A220s will come equipped with a spacious interior cabin, offering the latest in-flight entertainment as well as on-board WiFi. Its passengers will also be able to choose from either business class or economy class seating.

Mark Galardo, Vice President for Network Planning at Air Canada, spoke of the Airbus A220 being a “game-changer” for Air Canada. The airline hopes that the new A220 aircraft in their fleet will help to provide more flexibility as well as creating better connections for its North American market.

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Brian

“The latest model of Airbus is becoming a popular choice with international airlines. Air Canada’s new Boeing Airbus A220s will come equipped with a spacious interior cabin, offering the latest in-flight entertainment as well as on-board WiFi. Its passengers will also be able to choose from either business class or economy class seating.”

Don’t know how the name Boeing snuck into that paragraph 😀

Tom Boon

Thanks for spotting Brian, have corrected it. 🙂

Roy Mercer

No such word in English as “snuck”. This is U.S. “gutter slang” used by speakers unaware of the past tense of the verb “to sneak” which is “sneaked”.

Joanna Bailey

It’s in the dictionary as the past participle of ‘to sneak’ https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/snuck

Frank

Grammar fight! Grammar fight!!

Roy Mercer

But what is required here is the PAST TENSE of the verb “to sneak”, which is “sneaked”.
Past participle is a different form, e.g. “he has sneaked”.

Matt

Actually, this was the plan all along. On August 14, Air Canada announced two *new* routes using the A220, but it never said those were the *first* routes its A220s would fly. In fact, that press release mentioned, “To be initially deployed from Montreal and Toronto on existing Canadian and transborder routes such as to Ottawa, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton and New York – La Guardia, the A220-300 will open new markets such as the Montreal-Seattle and Toronto-San Jose flights announced today.”

https://aircanada.mediaroom.com/2019-08-14-Air-Canada-Announces-First-Two-New-Routes-To-Be-Operated-With-Game-Changing-Airbus-A220-300