Air Canada is working towards introducing its new Airbus A220, with the first routes announced for the type
The first routes will be:
- Montreal – Seattle
- Toronto – San Jose
The timetables for the new routes are as follows:
Toronto – San Jose
AC 765 DEPART YYZ 08:55 ARRIVE SJC 11:28 AC 766 DEPART SJC 12:15 ARRIVE YYZ 20:10
Montreal – Seattle
AC 565 DEPART YUL 17:55 ARRIVE SEA 20:45 AC 564 DEPART SEA 08:35 ARRIVE YUL 16:34 Both routes Commences 4th May 2020 Operates Daily Booked Equipment: Airbus A220-300
Air Canada will offer a two-class service on their A220 fleet with a business class cabin up front in a 2-2 formation made up of 12 seats, and an economy class cabin in a 2-3 formation down the back of the plane – with 125 seats – a total of 137 seats.
The aircraft will feature Gogo 2Ku connectivity installed on the aircraft for those who want to be connected, whilst Panasonic eX1 in-Flight Entertainment screens will be installed at all seats.
To keep your devices powered, the A220 will come equipped with USB A, USB C, and AC power available to every passenger.
Lead-in fares start at C$315 one-way between Montreal to Seattle, and C$297 one-way between Toronto and San Jose.
Mark Galardo, Vice President of Network Planning at Air Canada said
“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,”
“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.
With the Airbus A220 offering abilities to offer lower seat costs combined with a different range curve, the type is starting to come into its own as airlines discover what it is capable of.
Certainly, these routes aren’t exactly short – with Montreal-Seattle coming in a 2284nm, and Toronto-San Jose coming in at 2244 miles.
Whilst running these routes with an Airbus A319 might be viable, the 20% savings that an A220 offers in comparison has the chance to makes these routes like this possibility profitable.
And profit is the name of the game.
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