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Air Canada Announces First Two New Routes to be Operated with Game-Changing Airbus A220-300

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The only non-stop flights from Montreal-Seattle, and from Toronto-San Jose, California
  • Customers to benefit from modern, spacious new cabin interior
  • A220 technology reduces fuel consumption by 20 percent per seat

Air Canada announced the first two new routes to be operated with the Airbus A220-300, the only non-stop service between Montreal and Seattle, and between Toronto and San Jose, California, both beginning in spring 2020. As well, the carrier also provided a first look at the interior features of its newest aircraft, which will offer customers a choice of Business and Economy Class service, its newest in-flight entertainment system, onboard Wi-Fi and more.

“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 traveling on an A220 will benefit from a virtually seamless cabin experience offering the same level of service and comforts as on a widebody aircraft,” said Mark Galardo, Vice President of Network Planning at Air Canada. “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.

The new Business Class cabin onboard the A220-300. Image: Air Canada

“With these two new non-stop routes, Air Canada is deepening its transborder network. This includes strengthening our position in the Seattle market by providing yet another key link for business and leisure travelers with service from Montreal, complementing our existing non-stop service there from Toronto and Vancouver. And with our new Toronto-San Jose route, we are increasing our presence in the Bay Area, adding to our many flights into San Francisco in addition to our existing service to San Jose from Vancouver. Customers from Canada now have another gateway to the Bay Area and Silicon Valley,” said Mr. Galardo.

Montreal-Seattle

Air Canada will begin the only daily year-round flight to Seattle from Montreal on May 4, 2020, complementing existing services to Seattle from Toronto and Vancouver.

Flight 564 departs Seattle at 8:35 a.m., arrives Montreal at 4:34 p.m.
Flight 565 departs Montreal at 5:55 p.m., arrives Seattle at 8:45 p.m.

Flights are timed to provide connectivity in Montreal to and from Europe and North Africa including Casablanca, Paris, Nice, London, Rome, and multiple other trans-Atlantic destinations.

Toronto-San Jose

The only year-round, daily service to San Jose from Toronto starts May 4, 2020, complementing existing services from Vancouver to San Jose.

Flights are timed so customers can connect through Toronto on Air Canada’s wide-ranging domestic network, allowing easy connections to another Silicon Valley city.

Flight 765 departs Toronto at 8:55 a.m., arrives San Jose at 11:28 a.m.
Flight 766 departs San Jose at 12:15 p.m., arrives Toronto at 8:10 p.m.

The Economy Cabin with 2-3 seating arrangement onboard the Airbus A220-300. Image: Air Canada

Airbus A220-300 Details

Air Canada’s first Airbus A220-300, built at Airbus Canada’s Mirabel facility employing 2,500 people, is scheduled to be delivered later this year. Each A220 includes parts from 30 Canadian suppliers. Air Canada will be the first North American carrier to operate the larger A220-300 version of the aircraft, which has a range of 3,200 nautical miles.

The two-class cabin will have a total of 137 seats: 12 in a 2×2 configuration in Business Class and 125 in a 3×2 layout for Economy passengers. Additional features include larger windows and full-color LED ambient and customizable mood lighting that contribute to reducing fatigue while traveling. The high ceilings, extra shoulder room and storage make this an unparalleled interior in the narrow-body segment.

The A220 will come equipped with satellite-based high-speed connectivity for Wi-Fi access with USB A, USB C, and AC power available to every passenger.

Tickets are now available for purchase at aircanada.com.

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