Category: Airbus

Lone Boeing 737 Max criss-crossed Canada for pilot checks during grounding

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by ALLISON LAMPERT AND TIM HEPHER, MONTREAL/PARIS REUTERS PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER 18, 2019

Two Air Canada Boeing 737 Max 8 aircrafts are seen on the ground as Air Canada Embraer aircraft flies in the background at Toronto Pearson International Airport in Toronto on March 13, 2019.CHRIS HELGREN/REUTERS

While the world’s Boeing 737 Max fleet remains grounded after two fatal crashes, a solitary Air Canada plane has been spotted in the skies, shuttling between Quebec and Ontario.

In a rare exemption, approved by Canadian aviation regulator Transport Canada, the 11 flights in August and September were partly to maintain the qualifications of senior training pilots, Air Canada told Reuters in response to a query about flight tracking data.

A spokesman for Air Canada said the airline was not able to use similar 737s within its fleet “to maintain check pilot authority in alignment with (Canadian aviation regulations)”.

“So we are utilizing the 737 Max during planned maintenance movements to maintain qualification.”

Between Aug 28 and Sept 8, the Air Canada Max plane criss-crossed between Montreal, Val d’Or, Quebec and North Bay, Ontario, data from Tracking website FlightRadar24 shows.

Then last week, it was flown to Pinal Airpark in Arizona to be parked in a desert storage site.

Although unusual after the grounding imposed worldwide in March amid concerns over an anti-stall system, the flights highlight growing pressures facing some airlines as they prepare for the return to service of the 400-plane Boeing fleet.

The planes have been sitting idle since March following two crashes in the space of five months.

For airlines like Air Canada, which did not have earlier versions of Boeing 737s in their fleets, this has made it difficult to make sure pilots can demonstrate the skills required to retain their licenses.

As North America’s sole Max operator which had not flown the earlier 737NG, Air Canada cannot use that model to maintain the qualifications of its check or trainer pilots, the company said.

So regulator Transport Canada authorized a select group of Air Canada’s check pilots to fly the grounded jet, which was also conducting maintenance flights, the airline said.

All the jets have the same control software suspected of contributing to the accidents, which Boeing is now in the process of revising to smooth its impact. However, some pilots have said existing procedures can prevent similar accidents.

Boeing declined to comment.

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Transport Canada said in an e-mail that it authorized the flights “because the carrier does not operate the Boeing 737 NG aircraft, but the pilots still need to maintain currency.”

However, one U.S. carrier questioned by Reuters said such flights would not be possible in the United States where pilot training was not included in a list of exemptions to the ban issued by the Federal Aviation Administration.

“Pilot currency isn’t a listed exemption in the U.S. order,” an FAA spokeswoman confirmed.

North American Max operators, including Southwest Airlines, American Airlines, United Airlines and Canada’s WestJet Airlines, said they would only move their Max jets for maintenance and storage purposes.

Air Canada’s position as a newly-converted 737 operator follows a seven-year battle between Boeing and Airbus over the introduction of airplanes offering bold new fuel savings.

The introduction of the Max, an upgrade of earlier 737 models with advanced new engines, coincided with a bitter contest for market share between Boeing and Europe’s Airbus, which was offering its similar A320neo.

The feud saw both plane makers use the transition to a new generation of jets to try to poach each other’s customers, and traders said Air Canada’s 2013 decision to switch from Airbus’s A320 family to Boeing’s 737 Max stood out as a major defection.

Now, the decision to switch suppliers potentially weighs on some of those same airlines as they cope without a 737 fleet.

Boeing has predicted that the 737 Max will be cleared to take passengers early next quarter.

The FAA, facing growing international scrutiny over its certification processes, has said it cannot give a precise date for the approval of software and training changes carried out in the wake of the two accidents, which killed 346 people.

FAA chief Stephen Dickson plans to fly to Seattle this week to test modified 737 Max software in a simulator.

The next generation of aircraft will track your bathroom visits

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12 September 2019, Justin Bachman, Bloomberg News

Attention airline bathroom loiterers: The next generation of Airbus aircraft will track how long you’ve been in there.

It’s all part of an effort to make commercial cabins a digitally aware domain. The program is Airbus’s bid to raise the Internet of Things — that buzz-phrase for connected household gadgets — to cruising altitude. 

The Airbus Connected Experience aims to give flight attendants a more detailed survey of the cabin, with sensors for such critical data as when bathroom soap is running low and how much toilet paper remains in each bathroom. But the rethinking of the passenger environment doesn’t just stop with the lavatory.

At each seat, your belt will signal red for unbuckled and green when fastened. The goal is faster boarding and departure, dispensing with those lap-scrutinizing walk-throughs flight attendants must perform. The crew will also have access to information on what’s onboard and where, like which galley carts contain specific meals, such as preorders or vegetarian selections.

“It’s not a concept, it’s not a dream: It’s reality,” Ingo Wuggetzer, Airbus’s vice president of cabin marketing, said Tuesday at an aviation trade show in Los Angeles. Airbus has begun flight testing the connected cabin on its A350 test aircraft and plans to introduce it on the A321 family in 2021, followed by the larger, two-aisle A350 series two years later.

As cool as all of this may seem to you, the passenger, it’s just another way for airlines to squeeze more profit out of operations. While data from these various areas will be sent to flight attendant tablets or smart phones in real time, the crunching of that data over time is where the real value lies. The connectivity Airbus envisions for its cabins will provide an enormous trove of information airlines can use to analyze and optimize in their never-ending quest for cost efficiencies.

From the time it takes a flight attendant to respond to a call button, to preferences for prosecco versus chardonnay, to which bathroom gets the most use — the information can help optimize all aspects of flight. “You can make the service more attentive,” said Ronald Sweers, an Airbus cabin-products director. While the digital doodads are expected to simplify flight attendant workloads, their true value may lie in giving airlines more insights about what happens in the cabin.

That space, Wuggetzer noted, is a virtual “black box” to carriers once the plane leaves a gate. But not for much longer.

Airbus also plans to offer airlines the option of cameras at each lavatory (on the outside, mind you) to count how many passengers are waiting, a feature which may help flight attendants redirect some of that traffic on larger jets. While certainly helpful to that man in 17C who had one too many sodas, the data will also show airlines the length of wait times on various flights, and on different aircraft types.

More seriously, it can also alert a flight attendant that someone inside may be ill or need assistance, Wuggetzer said.

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A carry-on bag space detecting overhead bin is demonstrated inside the Airbus SE Airspace connected aircraft passenger cabin during the APEX Expo in Los Angeles, California, U.S., on Wednesday, September 11, 2019. (Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg)

The crew will also be able to control features such as window shades and public address volume from their mobile devices. The system will know which overhead bin spaces are open, with green lights along the cabin, much like the lighting schemes used in parking decks to signal drivers toward unoccupied spaces. That should, in theory, speed boarding, Airbus says.

As far as Airbus is concerned, the cabin’s platform is open so customer airlines can attach their own crew applications or other software, Sweers said. Many large carriers have customized or proprietary software for such onboard tasks as catering.

“The feedback we heard from airlines was, ‘OK, Airbus, we don’t believe you’re able to give us an application that will work with our systems,’” Sweers said on the trade show floor, discussing the galley equipment.

First Airbus A220 delivered to Egyptair

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ByAndré Orban – 6 September 20191134

EGYPTAIR has taken delivery of its first of 12 A220-300 aircraft on order, becoming the first A220 operator based in the Middle East and North African region, and the sixth operator worldwide. The Cairo-based airline intends to fly the aircraft on routes to and from its main Egyptian Hub in Cairo in the coming days.

Representatives from the airline, alongside executives from Airbus Canada Limited Partnership, celebrated the aircraft handover at the A220 Mirabel final assembly line.

We are proud to welcome our very first A220 aircraft and to be the first airline in the Middle East and North African region to take delivery and launch commercial operations of the A220 – the most innovative and technologically advanced aircraft in the world,” said Capt. Ahmed Adel, Chairman and CEO, EGYPTAIR HOLDING Company. “Airbus’ A220 airliners are integral to the execution of EGYPTAIR business development strategy Horizon 2025 and fleet optimization plan.”

We are delighted to welcome EGYPTAIR to the growing family of A220 operators and look forward to seeing their passengers enjoy the experience of travelling onboard the A220‘s bright, spacious and modern cabin,” said Philippe Balducchi, CEO, Airbus Canada Limited Partnership and Airbus Head of Country Canada.

EGYPTAIR’s brand new A220-300 is configured in a two-class cabin with 140-seats including 15 premium economy and 125 economy class seats, offering every passenger a greater level of comfort and space.

The A220 is the only aircraft purpose-built for the 100-150 seat market; it delivers unbeatable fuel efficiency and widebody passenger comfort in a single-aisle aircraft. The A220 brings together state-of-the-art aerodynamics, advanced materials and Pratt & Whitney’s latest-generation PW1500G geared turbofan engines to offer at least 20 percent lower fuel burn per seat compared to previous generation aircraft. The A220 offers the performance of larger single-aisle aircraft.

EGYPTAIR currently operates a fleet of 15 Airbus aircraft and still has 15 A320neo aircraft as well as 11 A220 aircraft to be delivered in the coming years.

With an order book of over 500 aircraft at the end of August 2019, the A220 has all the credentials to win the lion’s share of the 100- to 150-seat aircraft market estimated to represent at least 7,000 aircraft over the next 20 years.

Mirabel, Quebec, 6 September, 2019

Air Canada announces another disruptive route

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AirInsight.com – 28 August 2019

If there was any doubt as to the disruptive capabilities Air Canada has acquired then two route announcements should quell that.

  • The A220 is going to disrupt US air traffic options going to Europe.
  • Today the airline announced Montreal-Toulouse.
  • Throw into this mix what Air Canada will be able to accomplish as it adds the Air Transat fleet.

Air Canada has described the A220 as disruptive to their network as the 787 has been.  With each new A220 delivered, US air travelers will have another option across the Atlantic.  US carriers are likely to have a less compelling reaction, as the Canadian market is so much smaller.

The Montreal-Toulouse move has Airbus and its supply chain written all over.  And, crucially, Air Canada made this move before Air France.  The use of the A330 may be a tad large, but the service won’t be daily.  However, this where the Air Transat fleet comes in handy.   Air Canada can move an A321LR into this market for daily service.  With Airbus related traffic probably filling the front cabin, the economics look promising.  As traffic grows, the A330 for daily service becomes possible.  The A330 obviously offering better cargo capacity.  Being first to market means Air France has to catch up – a decision to unlock the behind Paris market to direct international service to Canada may not go down well on a “Paris-centric” network.  Air France’s best response might be Toulouse-Washington to play a similar Airbus card.  But Air France does not necessarily have the optimal tool for the route, yet.  But like Air Canada selecting the A330 and not going daily provides a reasonable model to copy.

What we are seeing is the next step in the devolution of fortress hubs being used as staging places to disrupt international and overseas markets.  Air Canada is moving quickly because first to market is a key step.   Air Canada can disrupt Air France to Francophone Quebec.  The A220 service from Seattle an San Jose to Montreal is also an aerospace play, connecting the #1 and #3 aeroclusters.  San Jose to Toronto offers great onward connections to Europe for the tech industry. 

Business yields drive route profitability, and Air Canada has chosen interesting business-centric markets for its latest routes that can siphon traffic from other hubs and should become successful.

Jet dismantler Aerocycle sees riches in used aircraft, plots expansion

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An expected wave of aircraft retirements has Quebec’s Aerocycle planning to win new customers and hire additional staff as the country’s only internationally certified dismantler.

By FRÉDÉRIC TOMESCO Updated: August 28, 2019

WATCH: How to recycle an airplane

Aerocycle Inc.’s latest work in progress doesn’t look like much. The 27-year-old Airbus A310 that’s sitting on the tarmac at Mirabel International Airport is missing both engines, the Air Transat logo has been almost entirely scrubbed off, and one of the cockpit windows is gone.

That’s just how Ron Haber likes it.

“Isn’t this cool?,” Aerocycle’s CEO says as he prepares to board the now-retired Air Transat jet for a quick tour of the interior. “We’ve been working on this aircraft for several months. It’s not a race, and we have to be very cautious as to how we remove parts. This is a very labour-intensive business.”

Haber, who founded St-Jean-sur-Richelieu-based Aerocycle in 2013 to dismantle and recycle planes for Air Transat as part of a pilot project, has reasons to be happy. He has two more planes coming in November and another two set for demolition next spring.

Last month, Aerocycle’s disassembly and demolition operations secured official accreditation from the Washington, D.C.-based Aircraft Fleet Recycling Association — a key seal of approval that allows the company to bid on plane-demolition contracts globally. Its aircraft-parts management operation received a similar nod from the Aviation Suppliers Association, ensuring Aerocycle can store, sell, ship and scrap parts under a strict process.

An Airbus A310 currently being dismantled at Mirabel Airport by Aerocycle, a Quebec company that specializes in dismantling and demolishing used aircraft. DAVE SIDAWAY / JPG

More than 15,000 aircraft globally will be need to be decommissioned — and dismantled — during the next 15 years because they’ve reached the end of their useful lives, Amsterdam-based SGI Aviation Services said in a May 2018 report prepared for the International Air Transport Association. While most of the world’s industrialized countries have certified companies that disassemble planes under so-called best practices, Canada had none until last month.

“(Certification) allows us to talk to the big boys,” Haber says. “Right now, we’re the only company in Canada that has this kind of accreditation.”

The big boys, in this case, include a quasi-neighbour: Montreal-based Air Canada, which Aerocycle is keen to sign up as a customer.

“Now that we are accredited and certified, it opens up a lot of doors for us,” Haber says. “We’re in discussions with Air Canada for the first time. We’re right in their backyard. I’m anxious to see how this goes.”

This fall, Haber says he plans to travel to Atlanta to meet executives of Delta Air Lines, the second-largest North American carrier by passengers.

“We deal in Canadian dollars, which means a 30-per-cent cost advantage vis-à-vis the U.S., even if you add the fuel and the crew for the ferry flight to Mirabel,” Haber says. “Thankfully, we have a lot of room to expand at Mirabel. This airport is huge. It would be impossible for us to do this in Dorval.”

Ron Haber, CEO of Aerocycle, inside an Airbus A310 currently being dismantled at Mirabel Airport.DAVE SIDAWAY / JPG

How does one dismantle an aircraft? In a word, slowly. Haber estimates it takes six to nine months for Aerocycle and its full-time staff of about 15 to take apart a widebody jet such as the Airbus employees are working on now. Up to 93 per cent of the contents of a jet can be recycled, he says — either reused, refurbished or, in the case of metal parts, melted.

The engines are the first to go, usually within the first 10 days, in part because they often belong to a leasing company that wants them back.

“Engines are worth a lot of money,” Haber says. “So that’s the first thing that’s removed, along with the auxiliary power unit at the back. After the engines are gone, we remove the fuel.”

Seats, bins, wires, electronics — everything will be removed until the stripped-down plane is ready to be demolished. At that point, it can be broken up into pieces: first the wings, then the fuselage.

“Every job is unique,” Haber says. “We’re not going to remove the same parts from every aircraft. Maybe one of the engines is not worth sending back because it can’t be reused.”

Anything of value is salvaged from the cockpit of an Airbus A310. DAVE SIDAWAY / JPG

The upcoming wave of aircraft retirements has got Haber dreaming of expansion. Aerocycle’s medium-term goal is to process at least 15 to 20 aircraft a year, up from a handful now, according to the CEO.

“We figure we will have 60 to 70 employees at that point,” Haber says. “We’ll need to hire like crazy.”

As an aviation fan, Haber also has a more personal objective in mind: serving the Queen of the Skies.

“One of my goals is to get a Boeing 747 in here,” he says. “I’ve been wanting one for a while. We’re currently in discussions for a couple of 747s, which would be fantastic.”

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First EgyptAir A220-300 makes maiden flight

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Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Photo RAPHAEL JOLICOEUR

The first A220-300 for EgyptAir has successfully completed its inaugural test flight from the Mirabel assembly line. 

The first of 12 aircraft EgyptAir has on order is due to be delivered to the Cairo-based airline in the coming weeks.

The A220 for EgyptAir will provide passengers with superior comfort, its innovative cabin design featuring the widest economy seats of any single-aisle aircraft, and panoramic windows for more natural light. The aircraft, which is outfitted with a brand new cabin layout of 134 seats, will now enter its final phase of completion before delivery.

Photo RAPHAEL JOLICOEUR

The A220 delivers unbeatable fuel efficiency and true widebody comfort in a single-aisle aircraft. The A220 brings together state-of-the-art aerodynamics, advanced materials and Pratt & Whitney’s latest-generation PW1500G geared turbofan engines to offer at least 20% lower fuel burn per seat compared to previous generation aircraft. With a range of up to 3,400 nm (6,300 km), the A220 offers the performance of larger single-aisle aircraft.

More than 80 A220 aircraft are flying with five operators on regional and transcontinental routes in Asia, America, Europe and Africa, proving the great versatility of Airbus’ latest addition. 

Rolls-Royce signs up Air Canada for Trent 700 support

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23 August 2019 by Alfred Chua, Singapore, FlightGlobal.com

Rolls-Royce has signed the first Trent 700 engine operator under its hours-based TotalCare Flex support programme.

The agreement with Air Canada covers the airline’s Airbus A330-300s under the hours-based MRO programme developed specifically for mature aircraft owners.

This means the Trent 700 will be the third engine type to come under Roll-Royce’s TotalCare Flex programme, after the Trent 800 and Trent 500 engines.

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Air Canada’s Airbus A330-300s are fitted with Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines. Air Canada photo

Cirium fleets data indicate that the Star Alliance carrier has 10 A330-300s in operation. Its oldest aircraft are about 20 years old, and the youngest about 10 years old. Rolls-Royce adds that Air Canada’s Trent 700s have achieved more than 700,000 flying hours.

TotalCare Flex is based on Rolls-Royce’s regular TotalCare support programme, and aims to give aircraft owners and/or leasing owners greater flexibility and control over the engine’s technical support through, for example, employment of used material to reduce maintenance cost as equipment nears the end of its service life.

Public help sought to find fallen Swiss A220 engine parts

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20 August, 2019 By: David Kaminski-Morrow, London, FlightGlobal.com

French investigators are seeking assistance to locate engine parts which they believe fell from an Airbus A220-300 as it passed over the east of the country last month.

The Swiss aircraft had been operating the LX348 service to London Heathrow from Geneva on 25 July.

While climbing through 32,000ft the aircraft suffered a mechanical failure of its left-hand Pratt & Whitney PW1500G engine.

The crew shut down the powerplant, says French investigation authority BEA, and diverted to Paris Charles de Gaulle.

Inspection of the aircraft subsequently determined that the stage one rotor of its low-pressure compressor was missing.

US investigators have taken the lead on the inquiry.

But BEA is putting out a public call for witnesses in an effort to find missing parts of the engine which, it say, may have fallen into a forest area near Perrigny-sur-Armancon, some 190km south-east of Paris.

It has identified the geographical co-ordinates defining an oblong primary search region.

BEA states that the missing compressor parts are made of titanium and no longer than about 30cm. It warns that the parts could be “very sharp” and should be handled with care, and that anyone finding suspect debris ought to note its location and email a photograph of the item to BEA for further instructions.

None of the occupants of the aircraft (HB-JCM) was injured. Cirium’s Fleets Analyzer shows the aircraft was only delivered at the end of May last year.

Air Canada Announces First Two New Routes To Be Operated With Game Changing Airbus A220-300

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  • The only non-stop flights from Montreal-Seattle, and from Toronto-San Jose, California
  • Customers to benefit from modern, spacious new cabin interior
  • A220 technology reduces fuel consumption by 20 per cent per seat

MONTREAL, Aug. 14, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada today announced the first two new routes to be operated with the Airbus A220-300, the only non-stop service between Montreal and Seattle and between Toronto and San Jose, California, both beginning in spring 2020. As well, the carrier also provided a first look at the interior features of its newest aircraft, which will offer customers a choice of Business and Economy Class service, its newest in-flight entertainment system, onboard Wi-Fi and more.

Air Canada's two-class cabin on the A220 will have a total of 137 seats: 12 in a 2x2 configuration in Business Class and 125 in a 3x2 layout for Economy passengers. Every seat on the A220 features a Panasonic eX1 in-flight entertainment system with content available in 15 languages and featuring more than 1,000 hours of high-quality entertainment, including access to Bell Media’s premium entertainment service, Crave, and Canadian-based multi-platform audio service, Stingray. (CNW Group/Air Canada)
Air Canada’s two-class cabin on the A220 will have a total of 137 seats: 12 in a 2×2 configuration in Business Class and 125 in a 3×2 layout for Economy passengers. Every seat on the A220 features a Panasonic eX1 in-flight entertainment system with content available in 15 languages and featuring more than 1,000 hours of high-quality entertainment, including access to Bell Media’s premium entertainment service, Crave, and Canadian-based multi-platform audio service, Stingray. (CNW Group/Air Canada)
Air Canada announced the first two new routes to be operated with the Airbus A220-300, the only non-stop service between Montreal and Seattle and Toronto and San Jose, California, beginning in spring 2020. (CNW Group/Air Canada)
Air Canada announced the first two new routes to be operated with the Airbus A220-300, the only non-stop service between Montreal and Seattle and Toronto and San Jose, California, beginning in spring 2020. (CNW Group/Air Canada)

Special introductory fares from Montreal to Seattle start as low as $315 CDN one-way, all in, and fares from Toronto to San Jose starts as low $297 CDN one-way, all in. Tickets are now available for purchase at aircanada.com or through travel agents until August 28 for travel between May 4 and July 31, 2020.

“This aircraft is a game changer for Air Canada as there is simply no rival in this category. The A220 will further strengthen our position on transborder and transcontinental markets and be instrumental in our continued growth. Our customers will benefit from innovative design features in a spacious and comfortable cabin. When connecting through our hubs across Canada onward to international destinations, customers travelling on an A220 will benefit from a virtually seamless cabin experience offering the same level of service and comforts as on a widebody aircraft,” said Mark Galardo, Vice President of Network Planning at Air Canada. “The two routes announced today are the first of many future possibilities as the A220 will allow us to further develop our North American network, offering customers new routes and more robust year-round schedules.

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“With these two new non-stop routes, Air Canada is deepening its transborder network. This includes strengthening our position in the Seattle market by providing yet another key link for business and leisure travellers with service from Montreal, complementing our existing non-stop service there from Toronto and Vancouver. And with our new Toronto-San Jose route, we are increasing our presence in the Bay Area, adding to our many flights into San Francisco in addition to our existing service to San Jose from Vancouver. Customers from Canada now have another gateway to the Bay Area and Silicon Valley,” said Mr. Galardo.

Montreal-Seattle

Air Canada will begin the only daily year-round flights to Seattle from Montreal on May 4, 2020, complementing existing services to Seattle from Toronto and Vancouver.

Flights are timed to provide connectivity in Montreal to and from Europe and North Africa including Casablanca, Paris, Nice, Lyon, Algiers, London, Frankfurt, Geneva, Rome, Dublin and more.

FlightDepartsArrivesDays of Week
AC 565Montreal 17:55Seattle 20:45Daily
AC 564Seattle 08:35Montreal 16:34Daily

Toronto-San Jose

The only year-round, daily service to San Jose from Toronto starts May 4, 2020, complementing existing services from Vancouver to San Jose.

Flights are timed so customers can connect through Toronto on Air Canada’s wide-ranging domestic network, allowing easy connections to another Silicon Valley city.

FlightDepartsArrivesDays of Week
AC 765Toronto 08:55San Jose 11:28Daily
AC 766San Jose 12:15Toronto 20:10Daily

Customers can collect and redeem Aeroplan Miles through Canada’s leading loyalty program when travelling with Air Canada, and eligible customers have access to priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounges, priority boarding and other benefits. Eligible connecting international customers departing Toronto Pearson International Airport have access to Air Canada’s Signature Suite, recognised as the World’s Best Business Class Dining Experience by Skytrax.

About the Air Canada A220-300

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Air Canada’s first Airbus A220-300, built at Airbus Canada’s Mirabel facility employing 2,500 people, is scheduled to be delivered later this year. Each A220 includes parts from 30 Canadian suppliers.

Air Canada will be the first North American carrier to operate the larger A220-300 version of the aircraft, which has a range of 3,200 nautical miles.

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.

The two-class cabin will have a total of 137 seats: 12 in a 2×2 configuration in Business Class and 125 in a 3×2 layout for Economy passengers. Customers will have more personal space thanks to the widest economy seats in the fleet, and the largest overhead stowage bins for an aircraft this size.

Additional features include larger windows and full-colour LED ambient and customizable mood lighting that contribute to reducing fatigue while travelling. The high ceilings, extra shoulder room and storage make this an unparalleled interior in the narrow-body segment.

Every seat on the A220 features a Panasonic eX1 in-flight entertainment system with content available in 15 languages and featuring more than 1,000 hours of high-quality entertainment, including access to Bell Media’s premium entertainment service, Crave, and Canadian-based multi-platform audio service, Stingray.

The A220 will come equipped with satellite based high speed connectivity for Wi-Fi access with USB A, USB C, and AC power available to every passenger.

The A220 will also further Air Canada’s environmental commitment, with the innovative Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1500G geared turbofan engines projected to yield a 20 per cent reduction in fuel consumption per seat and NOx emissions 50 per cent below CAEP/6 standards. The A220 is also the quietest aircraft in its category thanks to its new technologies.

Learn more about the A220-300 on our special web page. 

Airbus opens second A220 line as assemblies start at Mobile

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05 August, 2019 by Jon Hemmerdinger, Boston, FlightGlobal.com

Airbus has started assembling A220s at its Alabama facility, a milestone coming nearly two years after the European airframer announced its intention to open a US A220 manufacturing site.

The company has “officially begun manufacturing the A220 in the US”, with work commencing on an A220-300 that Airbus intends to deliver to Delta Air Lines in the third quarter of next year.

Airbus describes the start of US A220 production as evidence of its position as a top US manufacturer and of its increasingly global manufacturing footprint.

“With Mobile, and our production network in Asia, Canada and Europe, we have strategically created a worldwide industrial base to better serve our customers,” says Airbus Americas chief executive Jeffrey Knittel.

A220 workers in Mobile recently completed training in Mirabel, Canada – home of the original A220 production line, Airbus says.

Earlier this year Airbus began constructing the A220 assembly hangar and other related facilities in Mobile, though the company is using some existing A320 buildings to assemble “the first few” A220s, it says.

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Airbus’s production facility in Mobile, where the company makes A320s and A220s
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The first large A220 components, including the cockpit and a fuselage section, arrived at the Mobile site in June.

The start of US A220 production comes despite initial scepticism that Airbus would make good on its US A220 plans.

Airbus announced its intention to open the Mobile A220 site as part of its October 2017 proposed acquisition of the programme, then called CSeries, from Bombardier.

The acquisition came amid threats the USA would impose significant tariffs on CSeries imports – retaliation for Bombardier receiving billions of dollars in government financial support.

Those tariffs threatened Bombardier’s already-announced sale of at least 75 A220s to Delta.

Airbus’s plan to assemble A220s at the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley, where it already assembles A320 family aircraft, appeared a means to bypass tariffs.

But Bombardier won the trade dispute, eliminating the threat of tariffs. And Airbus, after closing the acquisition last year, still moved forward with its Mobile plan.