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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 www.stingray.com/promo 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: aircanada.com/media, follow @AirCanada on Twitter and join Air Canada on Facebook

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.

Airbus Canada Limited Partnership new name comes into effect June 1

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Change from C Series Aircraft Limited Partnership (CSALP) reflects Airbus’ majority stake in the A220.

MIRABEL, QC, May 31, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – The change of name of CSALP to Airbus Canada Limited Partnership, which was announced in March 2019, will come into effect on June 1, 2019.

The new name reflects the majority interest of Airbus in the partnership since July 1, 2018. The partnership is adopting the Airbus logo as its single visual identity.

The Airbus A220-300 in flight. (CNW Group/Airbus)
The Airbus A220-300 in flight. (CNW Group/Airbus)

Over the course of the coming weeks, the new name will be applied to the limited partnership’s documentation, materials and branded items. The Airbus and Bombardier logos will continue to be displayed side-by-side on the building exteriors in Mirabel, reflecting production activities on the site for both the Airbus A220 and Bombardier CRJ aircraft families.

About the limited partnership 
Headquartered in Mirabel, Québec, the limited partnership is responsible for the development and manufacturing of the Airbus A220 family of single-aisle passenger aircraft. Majority owned by Airbus SE, partners include Bombardier Inc. and Investissement Québec (acting as mandatory for the government of Québec). The limited partnership employs approximately 2,200 at its headquarters and manufacturing facilities in Mirabel. The second A220 manufacturing facility in Mobile, Alabama will start production in the third quarter of 2019.

Airbus to showcase its defence and security portfolio at CANSEC 2019

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OTTAWA, May 24, 2019 /CNW/ – On May 29 and 30, at the EY Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, Airbus will display a wide range of innovative products and services at Canada’s premier global defence and security trade show – CANSEC 2019. 

Canada is a key partner for Airbus, currently celebrating 35 years of operations in the country based on solid and continued growth. With more than 3,000 employees, Airbus’ footprint in Canada has increased exponentially, from the ground-breaking of its helicopter manufacturing facility in Fort Erie, Ontario in 1984, to the production of the A220 Family of single-aisle jetliners today, Airbus has built a deep and lasting presence in Canada.

On static display, Airbus Helicopters Canada will feature the H135, a market leader in the class of light twin-engine multi-purpose helicopters and the global reference for rotary wing military pilot training. The H135 will arrive in Ottawaon May 27 and attendees are welcome to interact with the helicopter throughout the duration of the show. Today more than 130 units are in service in dedicated training roles in 13 countries, including several of Canada’s primary military allies including the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, Spain and Japan.

Airbus Defence and Space will showcase its complete product portfolio, from military aircraft to the latest space and security solutions. A full-scale mock-up of the Typhoon, the world’s most advanced swing-role fighter, will be featured on static display. The Typhoon fighter jet is the right aircraft for Canada to protect its safety and security at home and abroad, and is the best choice to support the Canadian aerospace industry.

In the exhibition hall at booth #401, Airbus will display a mock-up of the C295 chosen as Canada’s next Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue (FWSAR) aircraft. The first of 16 C295s ordered by the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) will perform its maiden flight in the coming weeks, an important milestone on the way to the entry into service. A mock-up of the A330 Multirole Transport Tanker (MRTT) will also be on display. This new generation strategic tanker/transport aircraft is combat proven, available today and the natural successor to the A310 MRTT CC150 Polaris currently operated by the RCAF. 

Additionally, Airbus will showcase a scale model of the synthetic aperture radar satellite system, TerraSAR-X, which operates independently of daylight and weather conditions resulting in an unrivalled reliability in terms of data collection.

Airbus-Canada partnership can build a bright future off a storied past

Contributed to The Globe and Mail | 6 September 2018 |  OPINION: Tom Enders

Tom Enders is CEO of Airbus

Canada has a great history of innovation in aerospace – and this country looks set to continue building on that legacy. Airbus aims to be a key partner in Canada’s successful aviation future.

We can do that vital work together because both Airbus and Canada believe in global trade, international co-operation and environmental excellence.

Canadians brought the world one of the first passenger jet airliners ever to fly (the Avro C102 Jetliner in 1949, from which the word “jetliner” entered our vocabulary); launched one of the earliest satellites sent into space (Alouette 1 in 1962); and revolutionized air transportation in smaller cities (with the Canadair Regional Jet). So, there is no doubt – Canada’s history and expertise in aerospace run deep.

Joining that proud list is the truly innovative aircraft developed by Bombardier in Quebec as the C Series – now a new and vital part of the Airbus family as the A220-100 and A220-300. These remarkable aircraft, specifically designed for the 130- to 160-seat market, deliver lower fuel burn, half the noise footprint and decreased emissions – making them true community-minded jetliners.

The market for smaller single-aisle jets is projected to be about 7,000 over the next 20 years, and the A220 has all the credentials it needs to take the lion’s share of that. This is why Airbus has already made and will continue to make considerable investments in this vital, Canada-led program.

Canada has everything necessary to continue to develop its aerospace industry as an engine for future economic growth: a rich pool of existing talent and experience, a dynamic education system that continues to feed that talent pool, a strong supplier network to support all aspects of the industry and a research ecosystem that fuels innovation.

As Al Power of aerospace manufacturer Precision Castparts Corp. put it in a Globe and Mail article last month, there are strong arguments for Canada to look more toward aerospace for economic growth than other more uncertain industries. We see that happening – most recently in this month’s announcement of support by the Quebec and federal governments to Montreal-based CAE, another great Canadian enterprise, to harness new technologies to develop the next generation of aerospace simulation and training products.

Airbus, like CAE, is committed to Canada’s leading role in the aerospace industry of tomorrow – one that is and will remain (despite current nationalistic pressures) a truly global business. Even before the A220 partnership, Airbus – with its more than 1,000 employees and 35-year history in Canada, including our Fort Erie, Ont., helicopter manufacturing facility – was working and spending billions of dollars with more than 600 Canadian suppliers in nine provinces.

Look for this to increase, with the 12,500 direct and indirect jobs supported by the A220 partnership. We also see strong growth potential for our helicopter business as well as space and defence, the latter highlighted by our most recent contract to supply new fixed-wing search-and-rescue aircraft to the Canadian Armed Forces.

This growth in Canada is one reason why the annual Airbus global supplier conference will take place in Montreal this fall. It is an opportunity to showcase the aviation ecosystem that already exists in this country – and to help create new partnerships and opportunities for Canadian ingenuity on a global scale.

Aviation and aerospace are crucial growth and prosperity drivers for the future. Airbus and Canada, by continuing to work and innovate together, will make it fly.

A220 starts contributing to Airbus delivery figures

06 AUGUST, 2018 SOURCE: FLIGHT DASHBOARD BY: DAVID KAMINSKI-MORROW

Airbus has included the A220 in its monthly order backlog and delivery figures for the first time since acquiring the former Bombardier CSeries programme at the beginning of July.

The airframer puts total orders for the A220 at 402 aircraft, comprising 279 A220-300s and 123 of the smaller -100. All were logged before the acquisition.

Thirty-nine aircraft, including 31 A220-300s and eight -100s, have been delivered – among them two -300s since Airbus took over.

These two aircraft were transferred respectively to Korean Air on 9 July and Air Baltic on 19 July.

They helped to take Airbus single-aisle deliveries to 304 aircraft since the beginning of the year, and total aircraft deliveries to 380.

Its 76 long-haul deliveries comprised 46 A350s, 23 A330s and seven A380s.

Airbus managed to hand over 77 aircraft during the single month of July, including the two A220s.

airBaltic receives its tenth Airbus A220-300 (CS300)


Riga. The Latvian airline airBaltic received the tenth Airbus A220-300 aircraft, registered as YL-CSJ, in Riga on July 20. By the end of 2018, airBaltic plans to have a total of 14 A220-300 aircraft on its fleet.

Martin Gauss, CEO of airBaltic: “This is the first Airbus A220-300 aircraft we have received since Airbus officially overtook the program. We are proud of being the global launch operator of this aircraft type, and having such a strong partner like Airbus only benefits our airline.”

airBaltic has launched an improved cabin with new, comfortable seats on its latest two Airbus A220-300 aircraft. Passengers will benefit from such additional improvements as more legroom, new pockets behind the seats for magazines, hangers next to the seat for jackets. All airBaltic Airbus A220-300 aircraft will get the improved cabin.

“As initially planned, we are further improving our Airbus A220-300 fleet with several upgrades in the cabin design. We are delighted that our passengers appreciate the comfort that the Airbus A220-300 aircraft offers. By the end of 2018, we are planning to have a total of 14 Airbus A220-300 aircraft in our fleet therefore even more passengers will have the possibility to fly on the most modern aircraft,” adds Gauss.

On May 28, 2018, airBaltic announced a firm purchase agreement for the sale and purchase of 30 Airbus A220-300 aircraft with options for an additional 30 aircraft of the same type. The order complements the existing order of 20 A220-300 aircraft and forms the backbone of the new airBaltic’s business plan Destination 2025 that builds on the successful progress of the current airline’s business plan Horizon 2021, which has laid the groundwork for future expansion.

The Airbus A220-300 offers excellent flying experience with such benefits for passengers as wider seats, larger windows, more hand luggage space in the cabin, improved lavatories and more. New aircraft is also much quieter – with four times smaller noise footprint. Moreover, at the moment, it is the greenest commercial aircraft in the world, as it is the first aircraft to have a transparent declaration of the life-cycle environmental impact, helping to reduce CO2 and NOX emissions by 20% and 50% respectively.

JetBlue orders 60 A220-300s (Bombardier CS300) to replace E190s

By Sean Broderick, sean.broderick@aviationweek.com

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Photo: Air Transport World correspondent Kurt Hofmann

JetBlue Airways, providing an early boost to the newly rebranded Airbus A220 line and delivering a notable blow to Embraer, has placed an order for 60 A220-300s—previously known as Bombardier CS300s—and earmarked them as E190 replacements. Delivers are planned to start in 2020.

The deal, the first announced under the new Airbus-Bombardier partnership that took over the CSeries, includes options for 60 more aircraft, which would begin arriving in 2025. JetBlue also has options to swap smaller A220-100s (previously CS100s) for the larger -300 models.

The Airbus A320-family operator also rearranged its orderbook for its larger narrowbodies, converting 25 A320neos to A321neos and modifying the delivery schedule. JetBlue plans to take 13 A321neos in 2019, followed by 15, 16, 15, 14, and 12 each year through 2024.

Taken together, the A220 order plus the swap of A320neos for larger A321neos means that JetBlue’s average aircraft capacity will grow in the coming years. While it has not specified a configuration for its A220-300s, they will have at least 20% more seats than the carrier’s 100-seat E190s.

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Bombardier confirms the closing of the C Series transaction

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July 1, 2018 Montréal – Bombardier Inc., Press Release

The closing of the previously announced C Series transaction between Airbus SAS, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Airbus SE (EPA: AIR), Bombardier Inc. (TSX: BBD.B) and Investissement Québec came into effect on July 1, 2018. Airbus now owns a 50.01% majority stake in C Series Aircraft Limited Partnership (CSALP), while Bombardier and Investissement Québec (acting as mandatory for the government of Québec) own approximately 34% and 16% respectively. CSALP’s head office, primary assembly line and related functions are based in Mirabel, Québec.

Furthermore, as previously announced, Bombardier has issued today in the name of Airbus SAS warrants exercisable for a total number of 100,000,000 Class B shares (subordinate voting) in the capital of Bombardier, exercisable for a period of five years at an exercise price per share equal to $1.74 US, being the U.S. dollar equivalent of $2.29 Cdn on June 29, 2018.