Air Canada’s first A220-300 takes to the skies

The first A220-300 for Air Canada has successfully completed its inaugural test flight from the Mirabel A220 final assembly line in Quebec.

On Dec. 11, the first A220-300 for Air Canada successfully completed its maiden flight at Mirabel. Airbus Photo
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The first of 45 aircraft for Air Canada is scheduled to be delivered to the Montreal-based airline in the coming weeks.
With its first A220 commercial flight in early 2020, Canada’s flag carrier will become the first airline in the country to operate the Canadian-designed and built A220. It will also become the first carrier in North America to fly the A220-300 variant.
Air Canada is planning to use the A220 on various domestic routes in Canada as well as to the United States. The A220’s unequalled performance and range capability will enable the airline to serve new markets, such as Montreal to Seattle and Toronto to San Jose, connecting the carrier’s main hubs to the West Coast, as of Spring 2020.

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Benefitting from the latest technologies, the A220 is the quietest, cleanest and most eco-friendly aircraft in its category. Featuring a 50 per cent reduced noise footprint compared to previous generation aircraft, 20 per cent lower fuel burn per seat, and 50 per cent lower NOx emissions than industry standards, the A220 is a great aircraft for neighbourhood airports.
Around 100 A220s are currently flying with six operators on routes in Asia, America, Europe and Africa, proving the great versatility of Airbus’ latest family member.

3 thoughts on “Air Canada’s first A220-300 takes to the skies

  1. Does anyone know the latest status between Porter Airlines and the C-Series (now the A-220).
    Originally… They had thoughts of ordering some to fly from Toronto island (Billy Bishop Airport) to points in Western Canada.
    Did they ever order any aircraft or were they stalemated in their expansion plans by the Port Authority of TO?
    Do they still have plans to fly to western Canada?!?

    1. there was a huge push in Toronto to stop the expansion of the runway at Billy Bishop. mostly because the C-Series was not really in production yet.

      the arguments they had were noise, to be honest Id rather have an A220-300 going over my condo on the waterfront versus the tremendous amounts of Q400’s. but maybe thats just me.

    2. No unfortunately that was all dropped when the Port Authority and Transport Canada announced said they wouldn’t approve the required runway extension plan as proposed.

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