First Look: Onboard Air Canada’s first Airbus A220

Jan 15, 2020

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

Air Canada showed off its first Airbus A220 on Wednesday, ahead of the plane’s debut in the skies above Canada this week.

“This is a historic moment for Air Canada as we welcome the A220 into our fleet,” Air Canada CEO Calin Rovinescu said at an event to mark the introduction of the new jet at the airline’s hangar in Montreal Trudeau International Airport (YUL).

The Star Alliance carrier will initially introduce the A220 on flights between Montreal and Calgary (YYC) on Thursday, expanding its network to other routes in its network — including to New York LaGuardia (LGA) — ahead of launching two new routes in May. That month, Air Canada will deploy the A220 on the airline’s first flights between Montreal and Seattle (SEA), and between Toronto and San Jose, California (SJC).

Sign up for the free daily TPG newsletter for more airline news!

Air Canada's first Airbus A220-300. (Photo by Edward Russell/TPG)
Air Canada’s first Airbus A220-300. (Photo by Edward Russell/TPG)

 

Air Canada outfits its A220-300s, formerly the Bombardier CSeries, with 137 seats split between 12 in business class and 125 in economy. Business class is laid out in a 2-2 configuration.

Business class onboard Air Canada's A220. (Photo by Edward Russell/TPG)
Business class onboard Air Canada’s A220. (Photo by Edward Russell/TPG)
Business class on Air Canada's A220. (Photo by Edward Russell/TPG)
Business class on Air Canada’s A220. (Photo by Edward Russell/TPG)

 

Economy is laid out in a 2-3 configuration. The cabin includes 20 preferred seats with extra legroom.

The economy cabin on Air Canada's A220. (Photo by Edward Russell/TPG)
The economy cabin on Air Canada’s A220. (Photo by Edward Russell/TPG)
Air Canada has 20 extra-legroom preferred seats on its A220s. (Photo by Edward Russell/TPG)
Air Canada has 20 extra-legroom preferred seats on its A220s. (Photo by Edward Russell/TPG)

 

Every seat on Air Canada’s A220 has a personal video screen, and power outlets. The aircraft is also outfitted with inflight Wi-Fi provided by Gogo.

Each seat on Air Canada's A220 has a personal video screen. (Photo by Edward Russell/TPG)
Each seat on Air Canada’s A220 has a personal video screen. (Photo by Edward Russell/TPG)

 

One item Air Canada has opted not to keep on its A220s is the lavatory window, which has delighted passengers on Delta Air Lines’ A220s. Delta was North America’s first operator of the smaller A220-100, which it debuted in February 2019.

There are no lavatory windows onboard Air Canada's A220. (Photo by Edward Russell/TPG)
There are no lavatory windows onboard Air Canada’s A220. (Photo by Edward Russell/TPG)
The aft lavatories on Air Canada's A220. (Photo by Edward Russell/TPG)
The aft lavatories on Air Canada’s A220. (Photo by Edward Russell/TPG)

 

Related: Air Canada takes North America’s first Airbus A220-300

Air Canada has firm orders for 45 A220-300s with plans to operate 17 A220-300s by year-end, the airline’s vice president of network planning Mark Galardo told TPG at the event. All of the aircraft are due by 2022.

The airline took delivery of its first A220 on Dec. 20.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

Checking out Air Canada’s first A220-300 ✈️ #avgeek

A post shared by Ned Russell (@airbus777) on

Air Canada will use the A220 to replace the Embraer E190, which is due to leave the Air Canada fleet by the end of 2020. However, Galardo notes that the E190 retirement may be delayed if the Boeing 737 MAX grounding drags on through the year.

Air Canada has removed the MAX from its schedule through the end of March. However, its U.S. peers American Airlines and United Airlines have both removed the jet until the beginning of June.

Featured image by Edward Russell/TPG.

The All-New United Quest℠ Card

WELCOME OFFER: Up to 100,000 bonus miles

TPG'S BONUS VALUATION*: $1,040

CARD HIGHLIGHTS: 3X miles on United® purchases

*Bonus value is an estimated value calculated by TPG and not the card issuer. View our latest valuations here.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Earn 80K bonus miles after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open. Plus, an additional 20K bonus miles after you spend $10,000 in the first 6 months
  • $250 Annual Fee
  • Earn 3X miles on United® purchases, 2X miles at restaurants, on select streaming services & all other travel, 1X on all other purchases
  • Earn 3X miles on United Airlines purchases
  • Earn 2X miles at restaurants and on select streaming services
  • Earn 2X miles on all other travel
  • Earn 1X mile on all other purchases
  • Each year, receive a $125 credit on United® purchases and two 5k-mile anniversary award flight credits. Terms apply.
Regular APR
16.49% to 23.49% Variable
Annual Fee
$250
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit
Excellent, Good

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.