Category: Airbus

Air France-KLM signs commitment for 60 A220 aircraft

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30 July 2019

The Air France–KLM Group has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for 60 A220-300 aircraft to modernise its fleet. By acquiring the industry’s most efficient and technologically advanced single-aisle aircraft, the airline will benefit from a significant reduction in fuel burn and CO2 emissions. These A220s are intended to be operated by Air France. 

“The acquisition of these brand new A220-300s aligns perfectly with Air France–KLM’s overall fleet modernisation and harmonisation strategy,” said Benjamin Smith, CEO of the Air France-KLM Group. “This aircraft demonstrates optimum operational and economic efficiency and enables us to further improve our environment footprint thanks to the A220’s low fuel consumption and reduced emissions. It is also perfectly adapted to our domestic and European network and will enable Air France to operate more efficiently on its short and medium-haul routes.”

“It is an honour for Airbus that Air France, a long-standing valued customer, has endorsed our latest family member, the A220, for its fleet renewal plans,” said Guillaume Faury, Airbus Chief Executive Officer. “We are committed to supporting Air France with our A220 by bringing the latest technologies, efficiency levels, and environment benefits. We are delighted to embark on this partnership and we are looking forward to seeing the A220 flying in the Air France colours.”

The A220 is the only aircraft purpose-built for the 100-150 seat market; it delivers unbeatable fuel efficiency and wide-body 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% lower fuel burn per seat compared to previous generation aircraft. The A220 offers the performance of larger single-aisle aircraft.

Air France currently operates a fleet of 144 Airbus aircraft.

With an order book of 551 aircraft as of end of June 2019, the A220 has all the credentials to win the lion’s share of the 100-to-150-seat aircraft market, estimated to represent 7,000 aircraft over the next 20 years.

#AirFrance @Airbus #A220 

A220 embarks on six-stop Asian tour

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29 July 2019 by Alfred Chua, Singapore,

The Airbus A220 test aircraft will be making its way to six points in Asia as part of a demonstration tour

The airframer says the A220-300 will visit Seoul, before flying to Yangon, Hanoi, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Nagoya. The demo tour will last from 29 July to 6 August, it adds.

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The A220 deployed for the demonstration tour will be an Airbus flight test aircraft fitted with a typical single class passenger cabin.

Airbus adds: “During the A220 demonstration tour, customers and media will be offered a close up view of the aircraft’s outstanding characteristics, comfort and performance that benefit both operators and passengers alike.”

Cirium’s Fleets Analyzer shows that in the Asia-Pacific region, only Korean Air operates the A220 and it has 10 aircraft in service. Air Vanuatu has four A220s on order.

With A220 output set to climb, Airbus eyes additional facility in Mirabel

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The new line will likely start operating sometime around 2021, CEO Philippe Balducchi says. Airbus has ample land in Mirabel to expand.

FRÉDÉRIC TOMESCO – July 18, 2019

About 2,500 employees now work on Airbus’s A220 in Mirabel, up from about 2,200 a year ago. PASCAL ROSSIGNOL / REUTERS

Airbus is leaning toward building a new plant in Mirabel within about two years to speed up production of the jetliner formerly known as the C Series.

The proposed pre-assembly facility will be tasked with preparing complete sections of the A220 plane before they are moved to the final assembly line. A decision on whether to proceed with the investment will be make in the coming weeks, according to Philippe Balducchi, chief executive officer of the Airbus Canada Limited Partnership.

“Our goal with this pre-assembly facility is to protect the final assembly line,” Balducchi told the Montreal Gazette Thursday in a telephone interview from Toulouse, France, where Airbus is based. “We are very probably going to build this pre-assembly facility, and we will do it in Mirabel.”

The new line will probably start operating sometime around 2021, Balducchi said. Airbus has ample land in Mirabel to expand, he added.

“People who fly the A220 like it and they want more,” Airbus Canada CEO Philippe Balducchi says. JPG

Airbus inherited Bombardier’s Mirabel facilities a year ago when it took control of the Montreal-based company’s C Series program, which it later renamed the A220. Bombardier retains a 34-per-cent stake in the partnership, while the Quebec government owns 16 per cent.

About 2,500 employees now work on the A220 in Mirabel, up from about 2,200 a year ago. While hiring for the program will continue in the months ahead, “it won’t be massive,” Balducchi said.

Having shipped 21 A220s in the first half of the year, Airbus is aiming to reach about 45 deliveries for all of 2019. Mirabel’s capacity is about 120 planes a year.

Output should climb further next year when a second A220 final assembly line in Mobile, Ala., begins deliveries. The first plane sections have already arrived in Mobile, and assembly work will begin in the coming weeks, Balducchi said. When fully operational, the U.S. factory will be capable of building up to 50 jets per year.

In the meantime, Airbus has begun negotiating with suppliers in a bid to lower production costs of the A220 by more than 10 per cent. In exchange, Airbus can offer suppliers higher volumes as orders pile up for the jet.

“This is a clear effort to reduce costs,” Balducchi said. “We’ve started engaging our suppliers on this, and have reached some agreements. We are looking for double-digit reductions, and we see a lot of potential. We’re also ready to discuss improvements and changes in design with our suppliers in an effort to reduce costs, as long as it doesn’t impact the performance of the plane.”

Prospects for the A220 and its suppliers have been buoyed by last month’s announcement at the Paris Air Show that U.S. carriers Delta Air Lines and JetBlue were ordering additional units of the jet.

“Delta already operates the plane, which shows that people who fly the A220 like it and they want more,” Balducchi said. “Today, we see appetite from airlines in every region of the world.”

Airbus Canada’s CEO is also encouraged by recent commitments from leasing specialists Air Lease Corp. and Nordic Aviation Capital, which should result in the A220 being deployed at new airlines over the coming years.

“ALC and Nordic are very influential lessors, and they are going to allow us to accelerate the dissemination of the plane,” he said. “In the future we will see new orders because of these successes we had in Paris.”

First Royal Canadian Air Force Airbus C295 conducts maiden flight

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The first Airbus Defence & Space C295 aircraft due for Canada’s Fixed Wing Search and Rescue Aircraft Replacement (FWSAR) programme has had its maiden flight.

Airbus says that this places the aircraft on track for delivery by the end of 2019, whereupon it will begin operational testing.

The flight took place from Seville, Spain on 4 July, and lasted 1hr 27m.

The 2016 contract covers 16 aircraft as well as support, training, and engineering.

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An additional five aircraft are in various stages of assembly. Seven simulators and training devices are also undergoing testing. The first Royal Canadian Air Force crews will head to Spain in the coming months to commence training.

The C295 won the FWSAR deal in December 2016 after a 14-year process. The Airbus type defeated the Leonardo C-27J Spartan and the Embraer KC-390 for the deal. Lockheed Martin had considered proposing the HC-130J, but decided not to enter the final round of the competition.

The 16 C295s will replace six de Havilland Canada CC-155 Buffalos and 13 CC-130H Hercules at four bases spread across Canada, providing search and rescue services from the Arctic to the southern border with the USA.

Air Transat is synonymous with Sun to travellers from Quebec

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Carrier strengthens its position as a leader in holiday travel this winter with new flight to New Orleans and year-round service to Spain

MONTREAL, July 4, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Transat is pleased to present travellers from Quebec with its enhanced Sun destinations program for winter 2019–2020, including the southern United StatesMexico, the Caribbean, Central America and South America, and Europe. The lineup includes a brand-new destination, New Orleans, Louisiana, available as of November with twice-weekly direct service. Named the 2019 World’s Best Leisure Airline by Skytrax, Air Transat will become the only carrier to offer direct flights from Montreal to this festive destination.

With new Airbus A321neoLR aircraft added to its fleet in time for winter operations this year, Air Transat will have greater flexibility to offer travellers a broader range of destinations. The company will feature a total of 42 South and Europedestinations out of Montreal, and 13 out of Quebec City.

On the Europe front, the carrier will now serve Spain’s Costa del Sol year-round, with direct service to Malaga from Montreal (two flights a week), and will also fly to Madrid starting in December (two direct flights weekly).

New Sun destinations 
Air Transat will put increased focus on Florida travel this winter, continuing its Orlando service (three direct flights per week) and adding frequency to Fort Lauderdale, with direct flights now available daily out of Montreal during the peak season. The carrier will also boost frequency on its Quebec City–Fort Lauderdale route, offering five direct flights a week.

Also out of Montreal, Air Transat will be enriching its Dominican Republic program with one additional direct flight each week to Puerto Plata (for a total of five direct flights a week), as well as adding another flight to Montego Bay, Jamaica(four direct flights per week). Cuba will be more accessible for travellers flying out of Quebec City, with the addition of direct service to Holguin, for a total of two direct flights weekly.

Europe in winterIn addition to the Costa del Sol and Madrid in Spain, Air Transat will continue serving Portugal this winter, with direct flights to Lisbon. It will also maintain its daily direct service between Montreal and Paris. And beginning in mid-December, residents of the Quebec City region will enjoy twice-weekly direct service to the French capital.

Discovering Canada and Europe with domestic and connecting flights
Air Transat’s domestic flights, which link some major Canadian cities, will allow Quebecers to explore other regions in Canada as well as transatlantic destinations accessible via connecting flights.The airline will continue its daily direct flights between Montreal and Toronto, and three direct weekly flights linking Montreal and Vancouver.

From Montreal – 42 South and Europe destinations

SouthNumber of flights (in peak season)
Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe2 direct flights a week
Port-au-Prince, Haiti2 direct flights a week
Montego Bay, Jamaica4 direct flights a week
Fort-de-France, Martinique2 direct flights a week
Saint-Martin/St. Maarten1 direct flight a week
Central and South America
Cartagena, Colombia2 direct flights a week
San Andres, Colombia1 direct flight a week
Liberia, Costa Rica2 direct flights a week
San José, Costa Rica2 direct flights a week
Roatan, Honduras2 direct flights a week
Rio Hato, Panama2 direct flights a week
El Salvador, Salvador1 direct flight a week
Cayo Coco4 direct flights a week
Cayo Largo2 direct flights a week
Cayo Santa Maria4 direct flights a week
Havana1 direct flight a week
Holguin5 direct flights a week
VaraderoDaily direct flights
Dominican Republic
La Romana2 direct flights a week
Puerto Plata5 direct flights a week
Punta CanaDaily direct flights
Samana3 direct flights a week
Santo Domingo1 direct flight a week
Acapulco1 direct flight a week
Cancun / Riviera MayaDaily direct flights
Cozumel1 direct flight a week
Puerto Vallarta3 direct flights a week
United States
Fort Lauderdale, FloridaDaily direct flights
Orlando, Florida3 direct flights a week
New Orleans, Louisiana2 direct flights a week
San Juan, Puerto Rico1 direct flight a week
EuropeNumber of flights (in peak season)
ParisDaily direct flights
Rome2 flights a week via Toronto (until mid-January)
Faro1 flight a week via Toronto
Lisbon2 direct flights a week and 2 flights a week via Toronto
Porto1 flight a week via Toronto
Barcelona2 flights a week via Toronto (until mid-January)
Madrid2 direct flights a week
Malaga2 direct flights a week
United Kingdom
Glasgow2 flights a week via Toronto
London7 flights a week via Toronto
Manchester3 flights a week via Toronto

From Montreal – Domestic flights

CanadaNumber of flights
TorontoDaily direct flights
Vancouver4 direct flights a week

From Quebec City – 13 South and Europe destinations

SouthNumber of flights (in peak season)
Cayo Coco2 direct flights a week
Cayo Santa Maria2 direct flights a week
Holguin2 direct flights a week
Varadero3 direct flights a week
Dominican Republic
La Romana1 direct flight a week
Puerto Plata1 direct flight a week
Punta Cana4 direct flights a week
Samana1 direct flight a week
Fort Lauderdale5 direct flights a week
Orlando2 direct flights a week
Cancun / Riviera Maya4 direct flights a week
Puerto Vallarta1 direct flight a week
Paris, France2 direct flights a week

Air Canada April 2020 Toronto – Dublin aircraft changes

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By Jim Liu – Posted 2 July 2019

Air Canada in the first-half of 2020 scheduled Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner service on Toronto – Dublin route, replacing A330-300. From Toronto, the Dreamliner is scheduled to operate from 28 MAR 2020 to 30 APR 2020, once a day.
AC842 YYZ 2255 – 1030+1 DUB 788 D
AC843 DUB 1225 – 1450 YYZ 788 D

First year of Airbus leading the A220 program a great success

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More than 230 new orders and commitments

MIRABEL, QC, July 2, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – Airbus Canada Limited Partnership marked its first anniversary on July 1, 2019, one year exactly after Airbus became the majority partner in the A220 aircraft program. In 2019, Airbus is also celebrating the 35th anniversary of its presence in Canada.

First year of Airbus leading the A220 program a great success (CNW Group/Airbus)
First year of Airbus leading the A220 program a great success (CNW Group/Airbus)

Highlights of this first anniversary include orders and commitments signed for more than 230 A220 aircraft, the ground-breaking for a new A220 manufacturing facility in Mobile, Alabama, and expansion at the Mirabel manufacturing facility. Airbus Canada has delivered more aircraft in its first year than the total delivered up to July 1, 2018, when it took the lead of the program.* 

In total, the A220 ends the first year of Airbus leading the program with a healthy firm order book of over 500 aircraft, plus 80 additional commitments announced at this year’s Paris Air Show including from leading international lessors, indicating strong demand for the aircraft in markets worldwide. 

“This has been a year of growth and accomplishment for the A220,” said Philippe Balducchi, CEO of Airbus Canada Limited Partnership and Country Head, Airbus Canada. “This truly innovative Quebec-born aircraft is making its mark on the aviation industry around the world. It is thanks to the strong collaboration with our customers, partners, suppliers and all our employees that we have made great strides to ensuring the success of the A220 for many years to come.”

* Airbus will publish its order and delivery numbers for the month of June 2019 in the coming days.  

Backgrounder – A year of many A220 achievements

In January 2019, Airbus held a ground-breaking ceremony for its new A220 manufacturing facility in Mobile, Alabama, where A220 aircraft for the U.S. market will be assembled, using essentially the same supply chain as for aircraft assembled in Mirabel. The Mobile facility is currently under construction and the start of aircraft assembly work will be in Q3 this year, with the first delivery planned for the middle of next year. Airbus employees from the A220 facility in Mobile have already started their training activities in Mirabel.

At the primary A220 facility in Mirabel, two new dome structures were built early this year to provide additional space to accommodate the increased pace of production. The new five-year labour contract approved by unionized Mirabelemployees on June 15, 2019, calls for the construction of an additional “pre-assembly” facility.

One of the highlights of the past year was the first delivery of an Airbus A220 aircraft to a U.S.-based airline. Delta Air Lines took delivery of the first of 90 A220s it has ordered at a ceremony at Mirabel in October 2018 and conducted the first revenue-earning flight of an A220 in the Americas on February 7, 2019, from New York’s La Guardia Airport to Boston’s Logan Airport.

In December 2018, Air Tanzania took delivery of its first A220 aircraft, becoming a new customer for Airbus and the first African operator of the A220. At present, six airlines based on four continents are operating A220 aircraft: airBaltic, Air Tanzania, Delta Air Lines, EgyptAir, Korean Airlines and Swiss.

Mirabel employees delivered two major milestones for Airbus globally during the past year. In December, they completed and delivered the company’s 800th aircraft of the year, allowing Airbus to meet that important objective for the year. In May 2019, an A220 for Delta Air Lines was the 12,000th aircraft delivered by Airbus since its founding 50 years ago.

Another important accomplishment for the A220 program was the receipt in January 2019 of certification from Transport Canada for the aircraft to operate up to 180 minutes away from an airport, permitting it to fly new direct non-limiting routings over water, remote or underserved regions.

Mirabel-based engineers continue to make improvements to the A220 aircraft. In May 2019, Airbus announced it will increase the maximum take-off weight of the A220 by 2,268 kg, which will increase the aircraft’s range by 450 nautical miles (nm) or 830 km. This increases the range of the A220-100 to 3,400 nm (6,300 km) and the larger A220-300 to 3,350 nm (6,200 km), enabling flights from Montreal to London or from Vancouver to Cuba.

Air Canada Enhances its Award-Winning In-Flight Entertainment by Partnering with Crave and Stingray

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  • Airline also boosts TV and movie content by 50 per cent on select aircraft types
  • New, easy-to-navigate in-flight entertainment system interface, will enable customers to browse in 15 languages, and discover more than 1,000 hours of high quality entertainment – more than any other airline in the Americas

MONTREAL, June 20, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada announced today that it is expanding its popular in-flight entertainment selection through unique partnerships with Bell Media’s premium entertainment service, Crave, and Canadian-based multi-platform audio service, Stingray. The new offerings are part of an enhancement of the airline’s entertainment system that will increase the content selection by 50 per cent on certain aircraft types, including many of its longest-haul wide-body Boeing 777s and 787s, as well as Air Canada Rouge’s A319s, A321s and Boeing 767s, offering enough content that a customer would have to fly around the world 22 times to consume it all.

Air Canada is expanding its popular in-flight entertainment selection. (CNW Group/Air Canada)
Air Canada is expanding its popular in-flight entertainment selection. (CNW Group/Air Canada)

Now, customers flying on Air Canada and Air Canada Rouge can enjoy premium Crave content including Vida and The Girlfriend Experience from STARZ, SHOWTIME’s Billions, Ray Donovan, and The Affair, the Crave original comedy Letterkenny and Comedy Central’s Broad City. From Stingray comes a wider range of music content, including concert and music documentaries, music video playlists, artist interviews, award show coverage and introducing Stingray Ambiance, featuring videos of gorgeous destinations set to soothing soundtracks to encourage relaxation. On Air Canada mainline, Stingray audio content will be available in a variety of genres, including pop, country, hip-hop and wellness. As a special introductory offer, Air Canada customers can take advantage of a free three-month trial of Stingray Music, using promotional code AirCanada at until the end of September.

“Recently, Air Canada was voted the Best Airline for Onboard Entertainment by readers of Global Traveler yet Air Canada’s commitment to service excellence demands that we continually elevate the customer experience. For this reason, we are pleased to announce new partnerships with Crave and Stingray that will significantly enrich our video and music offerings. Air Canada will be the only carrier to offer full seasons of Crave programming, while music lovers will be able to enjoy a much wider array of songs and genres from top artists through Stingray,” said Andrew Yiu, Vice President of Product at Air Canada.

“Additionally, Air Canada is significantly boosting the selection of movies and television shows it currently offers on its newest mainline wide-body and narrow-body aircraft types. These upgrades will give customers, including those on our longest flights, greater choice than ever before, with access to full season boxsets of shows such as How I Met Your Mother, full collections of movie franchises including Harry Potter and the Matrix, more new releases from Disney and expanded content from HBO. To help customers select and manage their entertainment options, we are also progressively introducing a new user interface that will be easier to navigate and available in 15 languages.”

Later this year, increased content will also come to Air Canada’s Airbus A330 fleet with the addition of upgraded servers.

Fun facts about Air Canada’s In-Flight Entertainment System:

  • To consume all the in-flight entertainment on board Air Canada in June, customers would have to fly Toronto to Hong Kong 72 times or around the world 22.5 times
  • Over 90 per cent of passengers engage with our in-flight entertainment.
  • At over 4 hours, the longest movie we have onboard is Cleopatra (1963)
  • The most watched movie of the year thus far is Bohemian Rhapsody.

About Air Canada 

Air Canada is Canada’s largest domestic and international airline serving nearly 220 airports on six continents. Canada’s flag carrier is among the 20 largest airlines in the world and in 2018 served nearly 51 million customers. Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 62 airports in Canada, 54 in the United States and 100 in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and South America. Air Canada is a founding member of Star Alliance, the world’s most comprehensive air transportation network serving 1,317 airports in 193 countries. Air Canada is the only international network carrier in North America to receive a Four-Star ranking according to independent U.K. research firm Skytrax, which also named Air Canada the 2019 Best Airline in North America. For more information, please visit:, follow @AirCanada on Twitter and join Air Canada on Facebook

PARIS: Delta to take higher-weight A220

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28 June 2019 by David Kaminski-Morrow, Paris

US operator Delta Air Lines has become the first to select the higher maximum take-off weight version of the Airbus A220, as it expands its orders for the twinjet by another five.

Delta already has 50 A220-300s on order plus 40 of the smaller A220-100.

But it is ordering another five A220-100s, taking its total commitment to the former Bombardier CSeries to 95 aircraft.

Airbus recently disclosed that it was increasing the MTOW of both versions of the aircraft by nearly 2.3t, stretching the range by 450nm.

Delta has become the first to select this new higher-weight option for its entire fleet from 2020.

It placed its original order for 75 A220s – then the CSeries – in 2016, before hiking it to 90 last year. The aircraft are all powered by the Pratt & Whitney PW1500G engine.

Airmedic acquires Airbus’ best performing helicopters in the world

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LONGUEUIL, QC, June 17, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – As a leader in air medical transport across Quebec, Airmedic continues to grow thanks to the purchase of three new fully equipped EC145e® helicopters. The company will rely on the expertise of Airbus, a global leader in aeronautics, and the know-how of Metro Aviation, who will be in charge of the aircrafts’ interior configuration for medical emergency services. Above all, the close to $30M investment will enable Airmedic to deploy aircrafts that have been tailored for air medical transport, known for their versatility and reliability, to support lifesaving missions throughout Quebec.

We have always been striving to set the standards of our industry, to build a culture of excellence and to capitalize on the most advanced equipment and technologies. Today, we are improving on an already highly performing aircraft fleet with the world’s best aircrafts in order to provide better coverage of the territory, even more strategic dispatching and enhanced services to our clients“, mentions Sophie Larochelle, Executive Vice-President of Airmedic.

Thanks to the delivery of these Airbus twin-engine EC145e’s, Airmedic will have the additional support required to assist it highly skilled team in providing safe, rapid and extremely specialized emergency medical transport for the critically ill and injured,” said Romain Trapp, President of Airbus Helicopters Canada. “The EC145 family of aircraft has built a reputation as the most proven solution for emergency medical services worldwide. We are very proud of this new partnership and we look forward to supporting the important mission of Airmedic, to provide vital lifesaving services to the residents of Québec.

Prior to delivery of the aircrafts, Metro Aviation ensured the training of Airmedic pilots and instructors thanks to its flight simulator, which is unique worldwide.

Airmedic has carefully chosen the EC145e® helicopters, which will bring to nine Airmedic’s total number of aircrafts entirely dedicated to emergency medical services. Clearly suited to Quebec’s conditions, these aircrafts particularly stand out for their great flight autonomy that enables them to travel a longer distance without refueling, hence reducing response times. They are recognized for their safety and their larger cabin space that can accommodate two patients at the same time and seat up to 4 passengers, enabling the medical personnel to provide high-quality care.

Aircrafts will be used for both for pre‑hospital and inter‑hospital transport. Their commissioning is scheduled in the next weeks. This major investment is in addition to the 55 million dollars already injected in assets and equipment since 2012.

We are pleased to participate in the financing of our clients’ projects in the crucial phases of their development. Airmedic continues its impressive trajectory and is investing to further professionalize its practice, increase its efficiency and its deployment, and enhance services to its clientele of individuals, corporate clients and health facilities,” concluded the Assistant Vice President, Business Development at the Business Development Bank of Canada, Mr. Hugo Bisaillon.