Airbus A220: Air Canada converts options for 15 aircraft on firm order

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Airbus A220: Air Canada converts options for 15 aircraft on firm order

< p class="styled__StyledLegend-sc-v64krj-0 cfqhYM">An Airbus employee works under the wing of an A220 at the plant in Mirabel, Quebec.

Air Canada announces on Wednesday that it has converted options for 15 Airbus A220-300 aircraft on firm order, bringing the total number of these aircraft manufactured in Mirabel, in the Laurentians, to 60. acquisition for its fleet.

The A220-300 aircraft, which seats 137 economy and business class passengers, has amassed nearly 120,000 flight hours for Air Canada.

Air Canada placed its first order for A220 aircraft in 2016, when they were known as the CS300 from Bombardier's CSeries family. The first A220 aircraft entered service for Air Canada in January 2020.

Air Canada's President and CEO Michael Rousseau says this new aircraft order #x27;A220 aircraft is a clear sign of emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic.

At present, Airbus is securing employment for more than 2,500 people at its head office and its A220 production plant. This figure is expected to rise to more than 3,000 people soon.

In a press release, the federal Minister of Transport, Omar Alghabra, estimates that the announcement of Air Canada accelerates the carrier's modernization program and will provide stable jobs.

Air Canada points out that the A220 has energy-efficient virtues. It reduces fuel consumption per seat by 25%, carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 25% compared to previous generation aircraft and noise footprint by 50% compared to previous aircraft.

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