Yesterday, it was announced that Air Canada’s previous options have been converted into firm orders as the airline is set to receive 15 Airbus A220-300s. The deliveries will happen over the next four years, with the final 15 arriving in 2026.

Air Canada Airbus is presented in a dark showroom.
The firm orders will now bring Air Canada’s total of deliveries to 60 | © Air Canada

Air Canada Confirms Order for Canadian-Built Aircraft as Options Converted to Firm Order

Originally ordered in 2016, the airline placed 45 firm orders and 30 options for the A220. An option is less official than an order because it is reserving an aircraft in the production line that does not yet exist. Usually, the option is then converted to a firm order, a status holding more commitment, by the buyer at a later date.

The first Air Canada A220 debuted at the beginning of 2022 and the airline now operates with 31 A220s in its fleet. Before the end of the year, two more aircraft deliveries are expected to happen – after which, the airline won’t receive another delivery for a year.

The 15 aircraft to be delivered in 2026 are from the options ordered that were then converted.

Aircraft is guided by an air marshal. A thin layer of snow is present on the ground.
The headquarters for the Airbus A220 reside in Mirabel, Quebec | © Air Canada

The process of manufacturing the Airbus A220 takes place in none other than Mirabel, Quebec. Hosting Canadian-built fliers is definitely another way the airline shows pride as the national carrier of Canada, as well as the country’s largest airline. The growing facility currently produces 6 A220s a month but expects a larger turnout in the next coming years to suit the growing demand for the modern aircraft.

Michael Rousseau, Air Canada’s President and Chief Executive, explained what the order of the A220s mean for Air Canada’s progression in a recent statement:

“This expanded order for the A220, built up the road from our Montreal headquarters, is an important development in the modernization of our fleet and a clear indication that we are emerging from the pandemic solidly positioned for the future… We are also proud to support the Canadian aerospace industry. This increased order will support jobs at Airbus’ Mirabel factory and affirms Air Canada’s positive economic impact in Montreal, Quebec and throughout Canada.”

View of window-side seats inside aircraft cabin.
Overall, the A220 has a 25% reduced rate of fuel consumption per seat | © Air Canada

The Airbus A220

Air Canada is one of many airlines pledging to become net zero by 2050, and achieving this goal starts with the aircraft themselves.

The A220-300 has a 25% reduced rate of fuel consumption per seat in comparison to previous models of the aircraft. This in turn has an effect on the amount of CO2 which is emitted during daily operations (25% less). As well as this, it is also a quieter model with a 50% reduction in noise pollution (which is good news for those living under its flight path). The aircraft can carry up to 137 passengers in its Business and Economy configuration and offers the widest economy seats that the airline offers.

Omar Alghabra, Minister of Transport, had this to say on the addition of the A220s to the fleet:

“Today’s announcement is important for our entire aviation sector. Not only will this advance Air Canada’s modernization program, but it will also contribute to making the sector greener while creating good jobs for Quebecers and all Canadians. Investments like these are helping our aerospace industry grow, innovate and prosper for Canadians.”

Currently, Air Canada flies direct to over 160 airports all over the world.

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