Air Canada has revealed the first two new routes it will operate with the Airbus A220-300 aircraft which it says will be a “game-changer” for its operations.
The Canadian carrier will take delivery of two of the type later this year. It will utilise the aircraft to fly the only non-stop service between Montreal and Seattle and between Toronto and San Jose, California, from 4 May.
The A220 will be set-up in a two-class cabin with a total of 137 seats: 12 in a 2×2 configuration in business class and 125 in a 3×2 layout for economy passengers.
Air Canada vice president of network planning, Mark Galardo said: “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 travelling on an A220 will benefit from a virtually seamless cabin experience offering the same level of service and comforts as on a widebody aircraft,”
He added that the two routes are the “first of many future possibilities” as the A220 will allow the airline to further develop its North American network, offering customers new routes and more robust year-round schedules.
The service to Seattle from Montreal complements Air Canada’s existing routes from Toronto and Vancouver while the San Jose link from Toronto adds to existing service from Vancouver.