Air Canada to Acquire 4 Former Singapore Airlines A330s
Air Canada is adding four semi-new aircraft to its fleet. In 2019, the carrier will acquire four Airbus A330s from TAP Air Portugal. The planes were originally acquired by TAP from Singapore Airlines in 2017, however, since TAP is expected to take delivery of the newer A330-900neo, it's sending the A330s to Air Canada.
When Air Canada gets the A330s in the second quarter of 2019, they'll feature the airline's updated livery, but inside, you can expect to find Singapore Airlines' seats. And, unfortunately, the seats are far different than what you might expect with Singapore — they're definitely no Singapore Suites. In fact, the business-class cabin on the A330s feature angle-flat seats. By the end of 2019, the A330s are expected to get an updated interior — reverse herringbone lie-flat seats.
However, there is good news — even if you find yourself flying an A330 business-class product with angle-flat seats. As One Mile at a Time reports, until the A330s are retrofitted, they'll be marketed by Air Canada as premium economy.
The purchase of the four A330s means Air Canada can continue with its plans to eventually retire aged 767s from service. In 2019, Air Canada will begin to retire the six 767s still left in its fleet, and the newly acquired A330s will act to replace them.