Air Canada will deploy its first Airbus A220-300 next spring to the United States on two new routes between Montreal and Seattle and between Toronto and San Jose.
From May 4, 2020, the Canadian national airline will launch a new link between its Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau base and the Seattle-Tacoma airport, operated daily in A220-300 for 137 passengers: 12 in Business Class (2 + 2) and 125 in Economics (2 + 3). Departures are scheduled at 17:55 to arrive at 20:45, the return flights leaving the State of Washington the next day at 8:35 to ask at 16:34. Air Canada will be unrivaled on this route, which will add to those serving Seattle from Toronto and Vancouver. The flight schedule is scheduled according to its press release « so as to allow connections to and from Europe and North Africa in Air Canada‘s vast global network. The cities served from Montreal include Casablanca, Paris, Nice, Lyon, Algiers, London, Frankfurt, Geneva, Rome, Dublin, and many more ».
On the same day, the Star Alliance company will restart a daily rotation between its Toronto-Pearson base and the San Jose-Mineta airport, with the A220-300 taking off at 8:55 am to arrive at 11:28 am and departing from California at 12:15 pm. land at 20:10. Air Canada will also be without competition on this axis, in addition to the Vancouver – San Jose already proposed; flight schedule « is intended to allow customers to connect to Toronto in Air Canada‘s extensive domestic and North American network, thereby facilitating access to Silicon Valley ».
Initially dedicated to domestic and transborder routes linking Montreal and Toronto to « including Ottawa, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, and New York LaGuardia » according to Air Canada, the A220-300 « will open new markets » including these two new lines. « This device, unbeatable in its class, is simply revolutionary. The A220 will consolidate our position in cross-border and transcontinental markets and will play a critical role in our growth. Our guests will enjoy innovative features in a spacious and comfortable cabin. From now on, customers traveling through our Canadian hubs to an international destination will enjoy a level of comfort and service comparable to that of a jumbo jet onboard the A220. » Mark Galardo, Vice President – Network Planning, Air Canada.
The two announced links « augur the many opportunities for development in North America will open the A220: new connections and better services all year round. » The two new routes « also consolidate our position in the Seattle market, allowing us to offer another important link to business travelers and leisure travelers from Montreal, » added the leader, for whom the Toronto line « Increases our presence in San Francisco Bay ».
In its A220-300, which has a special web page, Air Canada promises passengers « increased personal space thanks to the largest economy class seats in the fleet and the largest air-conditioned safes for this aircraft. cut. They will also like larger portholes and adjustable mood lighting to help reduce fatigue during the trip. With its high ceilings, increased shoulder clearance and extra storage space, the A220 cabin layout are unmatched for a single aisle. Panasonic’s on-board eX1 entertainment system, installed at each seat, will offer more than 1,000 hours of high-quality content in 15 languages, including access to Crave, Bell Media’s premium entertainment service, as well as Stingray, a Canadian multiplatform audio service « . The A220 will have a high-speed satellite connection for Wi-Fi access, and USB-A and USB-C jacks, as well as power plugs, will be available to all passengers.
The first of the 45 A220-300s ordered by Air Canada, built at Airbus Canada’s Mirabel facility employing 2,500 people, is expected to be delivered by the end of the year; each A220 (formerly Bombardier CSeries) includes parts from 30 Canadian suppliers. Air Canada will be the first North American carrier to operate the A220-300, the long version of the A220, which can travel a distance of 3,200 nautical miles; Delta Air Lines has already put into service the A220-100 (21 out of 45 ordered) and is expecting 30 A220-300.