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Air Canada announces the first two routes for the new Airbus A220-300

Air Canada has announced the first two new routes to be operated with the Airbus A220-300, the only nonstop service between Montreal and Seattle and between Toronto and San Jose, California, both beginning in spring 2020. As well, the carrier also provided a first look at the interior features of its newest aircraft, which will offer customers a choice of Business and Economy Class service, its newest in-flight entertainment system, onboard Wi-Fi and more.

 

MontrealSeattle

Air Canada will begin the only daily year-round flights to Seattle from Montreal on May 4, 2020, complementing existing services to Seattle from Toronto and Vancouver.

Flights are timed to provide connectivity in Montreal to and from Europe and North Africa including Casablanca, Paris, Nice, Lyon, Algiers, London, Frankfurt, Geneva, Rome, Dublin and more.

 

Flight

Departs

Arrives

Days of Week

AC 565

Montreal 17:55

Seattle 20:45

Daily

AC 564

Seattle 08:35

Montreal 16:34

Daily

TorontoSan Jose

The only year-round, daily service to San Jose from Toronto starts May 4, 2020, complementing existing services from Vancouver to San Jose.

Flights are timed so customers can connect through Toronto on Air Canada’s wide-ranging domestic network, allowing easy connections to another Silicon Valley city.

 

Flight

Departs

Arrives

Days of Week

AC 765

Toronto 08:55

San Jose 11:28

Daily

AC 766

San Jose 12:15

Toronto 20:10

Daily

About the Air Canada A220-300

Air Canada’s first Airbus A220-300, built at Airbus Canada’s Mirabel facility employing 2,500 people, is scheduled to be delivered later this year. Each A220 includes parts from 30 Canadian suppliers.

Air Canada will be the first North American carrier to operate the larger A220-300 version of the aircraft, which has a range of 3,200 nautical miles.

To be initially deployed from Montreal and Toronto on existing Canadian and transborder routes such as to Ottawa, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton and New York – La Guardia, the A220-300 will open new markets such as the MontrealSeattle and TorontoSan Jose flights announced today.

The two-class cabin will have a total of 137 seats: 12 in a 2×2 configuration in Business Class and 125 in a 3×2 layout for Economy passengers. Customers will have more personal space thanks to the widest economy seats in the fleet, and the largest overhead stowage bins for an aircraft this size.

Additional features include larger windows and full-colour LED ambient and customizable mood lighting that contribute to reducing fatigue while travelling. The high ceilings, extra shoulder room and storage make this an unparalleled interior in the narrow-body segment.

Every seat on the A220 features a Panasonic eX1 in-flight entertainment system with content available in 15 languages and featuring more than 1,000 hours of high-quality entertainment, including access to Bell Media’s premium entertainment service, Crave, and Canadian-based multi-platform audio service, Stingray.

The A220 will come equipped with satellite based high speed connectivity for Wi-Fi access with USB A, USB C, and AC power available to every passenger.

The A220 will also further Air Canada’s environmental commitment, with the innovative Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1500G geared turbofan engines projected to yield a 20 per cent reduction in fuel consumption per seat and NOx emissions 50 per cent below CAEP/6 standards. The A220 is also the quietest aircraft in its category thanks to its new technologies.

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airBaltic rolls out special Lithuanian Airbus A220-300 livery

airBaltic has made this announcement:

Due to the growing demand of airBaltic services in Lithuania, airBaltic has created a special livery of its Airbus A220-300 aircraft dedicated to Lithuania.

Now airBaltic’s Airbus A220-300 aircraft registered as YL-CSK is carrying the colors of the Lithuanian flag and the name of its capital – Vilnius.

Photo: airBaltic.

During the first six months of 2019 airBaltic has transported over 240 000 passengers to and from Lithuania. The airline has carried 20% more passengers in Lithuania to its network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, CIS and the Middle East than during the same period last year.

As informed previously, starting from winter season of 2019 airBaltic will also station one of its new Airbus A220-300 aircraft in Vilnius, in order to serve the growing range of destinations offered to Lithuanian passengers. 

airBaltic serves over 70 destinations from Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius, offering the largest variety of destinations and convenient connections via Riga to its network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, the CIS and the Middle East. 

Air France updates its fleet, order for 60 new Airbus A220-300s, will phase out the A380s

The Air France-KLM Board of Directors has approved several strategic decisions concerning the development of the Air France fleet, following a meeting on July 30, 2019.

These decisions reflect the Group’s focus on simplification. Making the fleet more competitive, by continuing its transformation with more modern, high-performance aircrafts with a significantly reduced environmental footprint is key to achieving leading industry margins.

  • Firm order for 60 A220-300s, with 30 options and 30 acquisition rights, which will gradually replace Air France’s A318 and A319 fleet
  • Retirement of the 10 A380s from the Air France fleet by 2022, and study of the replacement of A380s by new generation aircraft

Renewal of Air France’s short- and medium-haul fleet

Air France has committed to a firm order of the 60 Airbus A220-300 aircraft, with an additional 30 purchase options and 30 acquisition rights. The first aircraft should be delivered in September 2021. They will join Air France’s short- and medium-haul fleet.

This aircraft will enable Air France to reduce its environmental footprint. The A220-300 generates 20% less CO2 emissions than the comparable aircraft in its class and is twice as quiet.

With a capacity of 150 seats and an operating range of 2,300 nautical miles, the A220-300 is perfectly suited to replace the A318 and A319 on the Air France short- and medium-haul network. This aircraft will allow the company to increase its competitiveness by reducing its cost per seat by more than 10% compared to the aircraft it will replace.

Finally, its entry into the Air France fleet will contribute to the continuous improvement of the customer experience, thanks to seats offering more space, larger cabin baggage storage compartments, wide aisles and WiFi on board.

Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss.

Retirement of the A380s from the Air France fleet by 2022

The Air France-KLM Board of Directors today approved the retirement in principle of the remaining seven A380s from the Air France fleet by 2022, the phase out of three additional aircraft having been decided previously. Five of these aircraft are owned by the company, while two are leased.

The current competitive environment limits the markets in which the A380 can profitably operate. With four engines, the A380 consumes 20-25% more fuel per seat than new generation long-haul aircraft, and therefore emits more CO2. Increasing aircraft maintenance costs, as well as necessary cabin refurbishments to meet customer expectations reduce the economic attractiveness of Air France’s A380s even further. Keeping this aircraft in the fleet would involve significant costs, while the aircraft program was suspended by Airbus earlier in 2019.

The Air France KLM Group is studying possible replacement options for these aircrafts with a new generation aircraft currently on the market.

“These decisions support the Air France-KLM Group’s fleet competitiveness strategy,” said Benjamin Smith, CEO of the Air France-KLM Group. “They follow the recent orders for A350s and Boeing 787s that Air France and KLM have placed. We are very pleased to work with Airbus to add the A220-300 to our fleet, an aircraft that demonstrates optimum environmental, operational, and economic efficiency. The selection of the Airbus A220-300 supports our goal of a more sustainable operation, by significantly reducing CO2 and noise emissions. This aircraft will also provide our customers with additional comfort on the short- and medium-haul network and will provide our pilots with a connected cockpit with access to the latest navigation technology. This is a very important next step in Air France’s transformation, and this evolution in Air France’s fleet underlines the Group’s determination to attain European airline leadership.”

Air France-KLM operates a fleet of 541 aircrafts between its three main brands, Air France, KLM, and Transavia, to 318 destinations globally.  In 2018, AFKL flew over 100 million customers.

Airbus also released this statement:

The Air France–KLM Group has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for 60 A220-300 aircraft to modernise its fleet. By acquiring the industry’s most efficient and technologically advanced single-aisle aircraft, the airline will benefit from a significant reduction in fuel burn and CO2 emissions. These A220s are intended to be operated by Air France.

“The acquisition of these brand new A220-300s aligns perfectly with Air France–KLM’s overall fleet modernisation and harmonisation strategy,” said Benjamin Smith, CEO of the Air France-KLM Group. “This aircraft demonstrates optimum operational and economic efficiency and enables us to further improve our environment footprint thanks to the A220’s low fuel consumption and reduced emissions. It is also perfectly adapted to our domestic and European network and will enable Air France to operate more efficiently on its short and medium-haul routes.”

“It is an honour for Airbus that Air France, a long-standing valued customer, has endorsed our latest family member, the A220, for its fleet renewal plans,” said Guillaume Faury, Airbus Chief Executive Officer. “We are committed to supporting Air France with our A220 by bringing the latest technologies, efficiency levels, and environment benefits. We are delighted to embark on this partnership and we are looking forward to seeing the A220 flying in the Air France colours.”

The A220 is the only aircraft purpose-built for the 100-150 seat market; it delivers unbeatable fuel efficiency and wide-body passenger comfort in a single-aisle aircraft. The A220 brings together state-of-the-art aerodynamics, advanced materials and Pratt & Whitney’s latest-generation PW1500G geared turbofan engines to offer at least 20% lower fuel burn per seat compared to previous generation aircraft. The A220 offers the performance of larger single-aisle aircraft.

Air France currently operates a fleet of 144 Airbus aircraft.

With an order book of 551 aircraft as of end of June 2019, the A220 has all the credentials to win the lion’s share of the 100-to-150-seat aircraft market, estimated to represent 7,000 aircraft over the next 20 years.

David Neeleman’s new “Moxy” to start operations in May 2021

David Neeleman’s new airline, tentatively named “Moxy”, is due to receive its first first Airbus A220-300 from GECAS in April 2021.

The new carrier is planning to launch operations in May 2021.

Previously GECAS announced on June 17 the leasing company and David Neeleman’s new airline, code named ‘Moxy’, had agreed to a Letter of Intent (LOI) for the purchase and leaseback of nine Airbus A220-300 aircraft with deliveries scheduled in 2021 and 2022.

Mr Neeleman is a veteran airline entrepreneur, with a world renowned track record of success: he is the founder of both JetBlue and Azul Brazilian Airlines, and the controlling investor in the consortium which has turned around the fortunes of TAP Air Portugal. Mr Neeleman’s latest startup airline will be based in the United States and will focus on getting travelers where they want to go, quickly, conveniently and inexpensively.

In a shift away from crowded major metropolitan airports to nearby secondary airports and providing direct flights that bypass the hubs aboard the industry’s newest and most efficient single-aisle aircraft, the airline will drive time and cost efficiencies for its passengers.

“The A220-300 is the right airplane for a new airline that will be focused on passenger service and satisfaction,” said Neeleman, adding “With a low cost of operation and spacious cabin, the A220 will allow us to provide passengers with lower fares and a high quality, comfortable flying experience. The A220’s ability to operate profitably in thin, underserved markets across a broad spectrum of ranges is unique.”

“We’re exceptionally pleased to be a partner in David Neeleman’s vision and excited to welcome ‘Moxy’ as a new customer of GECAS and the A220-330 as a new type in our fleet,” explained Declan Kelly, Chief Commercial Officer of GECAS, noting “the A220 is ideal for this new venture – the new type is uniquely suited to serve smaller markets by providing the range needed for point-to-point operations with the right economics.”

Plane View Partners, a Los Angeles based aviation and aerospace advisory firm, acted on behalf of the airline for this sale and leaseback transaction with GECAS.

Airbus announces major performance improvement to its latest single-aisle aircraft – the A220 Family

Airbus has announced that the A220 Family aircraft, the newest addition to its single-aisle portfolio, will now be offering increased range starting from the second half of 2020.

The A220 aircraft maximum take-off weight (MTOW*) is now confirmed to increase by 2,268 kg (2.3 metric tons). The new MTOW will increase the respective maximum range capabilities to 3,350 nm for the A220-300 and 3,400 nm for the A220-100, some 450 nm more than currently advertised.

This performance increase is achieved by taking credit of existing structural and systems margins as well as existing fuel volume capacity. This will allow airlines to tap into new routes that were not possible before, connecting key cities in Western Europe with the Middle East or from Southeast Asia to Australia.

The A220 has been purpose built for efficiency. It brings together state-of-the-art aerodynamics, advanced materials and Pratt & Whitney’s latest-generation PW1500G geared turbofan engines to offer at least 20% lower fuel burn per seat compared to previous generation aircraft.

With an order book of over 530 aircraft to date, the A220 has all the credentials to win the lion’s share of the 100- to 150-seat aircraft market, estimated to represent 7,000 aircraft over the next 20 years.

The current basic MTOW is at 60.8 tons for the A220-100 and 67.6 tons for the A220-300. With the new MTOW increase of 2.3 tons, the respective aircraft’s MTOW will be brought up at 63.1 tons for the A220-100 and 69.9 tons for the A220-300.

Image: Airbus.

airBaltic to launch new routes from Riga

Delivered on December 30, 2016

airBaltic will launch flights from Riga to Dublin, Stuttgart and Lviv in late March. In addition, in May, airBaltic will also add regular flights to two leisure destinations – Kos and Menorca.

Destination served Flight frequency Start date Price *,

Basic

Price *,

Premium

Price*,

Business 

Riga – Dublin 4 flights weekly March 31, 2019 39 EUR 99 EUR 589 EUR
Riga – Stuttgart 4 flights weekly March 31, 2019 49 EUR 105 EUR 399 EUR
Riga – Lviv 4 flights weekly April 1, 2019 49 EUR 115 EUR 399 EUR
Riga – Kos 1 flight weekly May 11, 2019 79 EUR 139 EUR 499 EUR
Riga – Menorca 1 flight weekly May 12, 2019 79 EUR 139 EUR 519 EUR

*Lowest fare (one way), including taxes, fees and service charges.

airBaltic serves over 70 destinations from Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius, offering the largest variety of destinations and convenient connections via Riga to its network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, the CIS and the Middle East. In summer 2019, airBaltic will introduce three new destinations from Tallinn to Malaga, Brussels and Copenhagen.

Top Copyright Photo: airBaltic Airbus A220-300 (Bombardier CS300 – BD-500-1A11) YL-CSB (msn 55004) LGW (Antony J. Best). Image: 937371.

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Swiss to connect Geneva with Munich and Frankfurt

Swiss International Air Lines Airbus A220-300 (Bombardier CS300 - BD-500-1A11) HB-JCB (msn 55011) LHR (SPA). Image: 945625.

From March 31, 2019, Swiss will connect Geneva with the German cities of Munich and Frankfurt on a daily basis for a seven-month period. The flights to and from Frankfurt will be partly operated by Lufthansa.
From March 31 to October 26, 2019, Swiss International Air Lines will commence regular service to Munich and Frankfurt, offering its passengers an even wider range of destinations from Geneva.
The airline will operate five flights a day between Geneva and Munich. Flight guests traveling from Geneva to Frankfurt can choose from eight daily flights, of which four will be operated by Swiss and four by Lufthansa.
Expansion of the Geneva fleet
With the addition of six summer destinations announced for 2019 and the introduction of regular service to the two German cities, Swiss will soon connect Geneva to 45 destinations. To meet this expansion of the route network, three new aircraft will complete Swiss’s short-haul fleet in Geneva, which will consist of seven Airbus A220-300 (CS300) and three Airbus A220-100 (CS100) by June 2019.
Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Swiss International Air Lines Airbus A220-300 (Bombardier CS300 – BD-500-1A11) HB-JCB (msn 55011) LHR (SPA). Image: 945625.
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