Air Canada has confirmed the launch routes for its Airbus A220-300, as well as unveiling the first images of the aircraft’s interiors.
The carrier will take delivery of its first A220 (formerly the CS300) later this year, and will commence the only nonstop route between Montreal and Seattle on May 4, 2020.
Daily flights will depart Montreal at 1755, arriving into Seattle at 2045, with the return leg leaving the US city at 0835, and landing back into Montreal at 1634.
Flights have been timed to connect in Montreal to and from European and North African destinations including Casablanca, Paris, Nice, Lyon, Algiers, London, Frankfurt, Geneva, Rome and Dublin.
The airline will also restart flights between Toronto and San Jose (California) on the same dates, with a daily service departing Toronto at 0855, arriving in San Jose at 1128, before returning at 1215 and landing back into Toronto at 2010.
Mark Galardo, vice president of network planning at Air Canada, said that the A220 was “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,” said Galardo. “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.”
Air Canada has also released the first images of its A220 interiors, with 12 business class seats in a 2-2 configuration, and 125 economy seats configured 3-2.
The airline said that the aircraft will offer the widest economy seats in its fleet, and “the largest overhead stowage bins for an aircraft this size”.
Features will include mood lighting, Panasonic eX1 IFE systems, inflight wifi, and USB and AC power available to every passenger.
Air Canada recently announced an expansion of its inflight entertainment offering, which has seen content increase by 50 per cent on selected aircraft.