Air Canada will launch next months flights in Jetz, Airbus A319 refitted with 58 seats of Business class. Flights across its entire fleet are now sold taking into account the physical distance of passengers, which is a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic.
As of June 1, 2020, certain flights on the lines connecting its base at Toronto-Pearson to the Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau and Ottawa-Macdonald-Cartier airports will be operated by Air Canada Jetz aircraft, at two rotations per day in each case. The A319s in question only have 58 seats in 2 + 2 against 120 in the others; they offer Business Class seats, reclining with 107 to 124 cm (42 to 49 inches) of space between rows, « offering more legroom compared to the 94 cm (37 ») space available in Business class aboard the A319 main operations ”; passengers can optionally access wifi in flight.
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Air Canada points out that Jets flights « will depart from premium boarding areas, and passengers will be able to board less than 25 minutes before departure. » The spacious cabin configuration « provides greater comfort and reduces waiting time when boarding and disembarking, » the statement said. Both the 35 A319s and the 30 Boeing 767-300ERs are targeted for early retirement, with fourteen Embraer 190s expected to leave the fleet « immediately »
Pendant que nos équipes sportives préférées sont en pause, nous utilisons les appareils d’Air Canada Jetz pour certains vols. La cabine spacieuse, dotée de 58 sièges, offre un confort accru. Faites l’expérience d’Air Canada Jetz dès le 1er juin. https://t.co/LjkPmTF37N pic.twitter.com/7o8HhYJ4zC
— Air Canada (@AirCanada) May 22, 2020
The Star Alliance company recalls that it has implemented its Air Canada SoinPropre + plan since the beginning of the month, involving health measures ranging from the mask for all the time, temperature control at the airport, through distribution care kits. And until June 30, this will go into Economy class by « automatic blocking » for the sale of adjacent seats, and the limitation of the total number of seats offered for each flight. « So economy customers will not have to sit side by side unless they have to assist another customer with whom they are traveling, » said Air Canada.
According to Airlineroute, this reduction in supply translates for each aircraft into the following capacities:
Airbus A220-300: 12 + 77 instead of 12 + 125
Airbus A319: 14 + 72 instead of 14 + 106 (excluding Jetz therefore)
Airbus A320: 14 + 90 instead of 14 + 132
Airbus A321: 16 + 115 instead of 16 + 174
Airbus A330-300: 27 + 21 + 128 instead of 27 + 21 + 244
Boeing 777-300ER (400 seats): 40 + 24 + 202 instead of 40 + 24 + 336
Boeing 777-300ER (450 seats): 28 + 24 + 239 instead of 28 + 24 + 398
Boeing 787-8: 20 + 21 + 145 instead of 20 + 21 + 214
Boeing 787-9: 30 + 21 + 167 instead of 30 + 21 + 247
Bombardier CRJ100 / 200: 27 instead of 50
Bombardier CRJ900: 12 + 34 instead of 12 + 64
De Havilland Dash 8-300: 27 instead of 50
De Havilland Dash 8-Q400: 41 instead of 78
Embraer E175: 12 + 34 instead of 12 + 64
Embraer E190: 9 + 46 instead of 9 + 98
Air Canada is not expected to deploy its 777-200LR and Dash 8-100 by the end of June, while the 777-300ER is expected to appear only on certain domestic routes. Air Canada Rouge is not supposed to fly before the end of June.
Recall that the Canadian national company announced last Friday wanting to reduce its workforce by 60% on the approximately 38,000 employees, due to the collapse of its activity following the coronavirus pandemic.