Air Canada’s first Airbus A220 Revealed

Air Canada’s first A220 has been unveiled by Airbus as it rolled out of the painting hangar for the first time today. The jet was completed at the final assembly line in Mirabel and is looking stunning.

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Air Canada’s first Airbus A220 has rolled out of the paint shop. Photo: Airbus

First Canadian A220

Air Canada is all set to become Canada’s first A220 operator as its first A220 is now just about complete. The aircraft will be delivered to Air Canada in December, with a view to becoming operational in the spring of 2020.

Now that the aircraft is all painted up in full Air Canada livery, Airbus says it will go on to pre-flight testing and configuration, with a view to its first flight taking place later this year. Airbus released a tantalizing video of the aircraft undergoing painting in their workshop:

Air Canada has gone for the A350 style ‘Zorro’ mask on this A220, in line with the other Airbus aircraft in its fleet. It looks pretty nice on the little narrowbody Airbus, and fits in well with the rest of the livery.

This is the first of a large order of 45 of the type due to go to the Canadian airline. All 45 are for the larger type, the A220-300, which will accommodate some 137 passengers. Air Canada plans to operate the A220 in a two class configuration, with 12 business class seats in a 2-2 layout and 125 economy seats in a 2-3 configuration.

What can we expect from Air Canada’s A220?

Back in August, Air Canada revealed the interiors planned for its fleet of A220s. As is customary with the A220, the seats will be super-wide, and will become the widest seats in the Air Canada fleet. Even better, the aircraft features the largest overhead bins on a narrowbody aircraft of this size.

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The cabin of the Air Canada A220. Photo: Air Canada

To entertain passengers on their travels, Air Canada is installing a Panasonic eX1 inflight entertainment system. Within this, they say, there will be in excess of 1,000 hours of movies, TV shows and other entertainment available.

Every aircraft will arrive fitted with high-speed WiFi provided by the Gogo 2Ku service. This was picked when the A220 was still the Bombardier CSeries, and is being line fitted at the Mirabel factory. Every seat will also feature USB A, USB C and AC power outlets.

Additional features include the trademark large windows of the A220, the LED mood lighting, high ceilings and extra shoulder room. It’s a crowd-pleasing aircraft, no doubt, and will be a beneficial addition to Air Canada’s narrowbody fleet.

Where can you fly Air Canada’s A220?

Air Canada also announced the first routes for the A220 back in August. The first flights were originally scheduled to begin on May 4th, 2020, with one route from Seattle to Montreal and another from Vancouver to San Jose.

However, weeks later we learned that the carrier was bringing forward its A220 services to January 2020, months ahead of schedule. From the 16th January, the airline will operate the A220 on the domestic Montreal to Calgary route. This will operate some 11 times a week, with additional frequencies added from the 5th March onwards. Montreal to Toronto will be added from the 19th January.

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The Air Canada Airbus A220 will begin service in January. Photo: Air Canada

Following this, March will see flights from Montreal to Edmonton, Montreal to New York La Guardia, Toronto to Edmonton and Ottawa added. From the 5th of April, the A220 will begin flying from Montreal to Winnipeg too.

Are you excited to fly on Air Canada’s A220? Will you be booking flights soon? Let us know in the comments.

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Mark

Hi Joanna.
I am sorry. I am not an engineer or technician. I am a curious reader about everything especially Technology.
I wonder something.
The photo above shows the interior of the A220.
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There are 2 seats on the left and 3 seats on the right side of the aircraft.
Doesn’t this configuration cause a problem for the balance of the aircraft?
Right side of the aircraft will be heavier than the left side?

David C

weight balance is a function of flight management software. Outer wing fuel tanks can be trimmed to match balance to performance. But in reality, the variance is exceptionally minor. Think of it being a see-saw. weight at the point of pivot has negligible if any effect of the balance of the lever. Weight at the end of the lever is what affects balance. A small change at the end can overcome a large variance close to the center line.

Patrick

The extra seat is close to the center of the airplane, so there’s not a problem with balance. This is the same seating arrangement as the MD-80.

Christian

I love the Air Canada livery, and it looks amazing on the A220

Leigh Gifkins

Would be nice to see this aircraft join the Air New Zealand fleet , looking good …

Remy

It’s a beautiful plane. I live in the Netherlands so I won’t be flying the A220 anytime soon but I hope I can fly on this bird in the future.

Matt

Sorry but as I’ve commented before, the “bringing forward to January…months ahead of schedule” is simply not true. In January, FlightGlobal reported that Air Canada “expects to take delivery of its first aircraft in late 2019 and to place the first aircraft into revenue service in January 2020”. (https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/air-canada-studies-dozens-of-potential-a220-routes-455010/)

When they announced Seattle and San Jose, those were the first new routes, but even that announcement mentioned the A220 was “to be initially deployed from Montreal and Toronto on existing Canadian and transborder routes”.

Eric Davis

Further to Christian’s comment about liking the livery, I made a comment in another area some time back that, although the new livery is nice, I found it too in keeping with the livery of other carriers in the sense that I always liked Air Canada’s livery of many years of the pale greenish plane body with the leaf on the tail. I’ve see on my trips to LA a couple of times a year (not with Air Canada) that they have still kept a number of these, whether for nostaligic reasons or whether they’re just older planes that still… Read more »