Today, Air Canada announced the first two brand-new routes to be operated with their Airbus A220-300. They include the only non-stop service between Montreal and Seattle and between Toronto and San Jose, California, both starting in spring, 2020.
While the routes are new, so are the airline’s interiors for the aircraft operating them, which will offer customers a choice of Business and Economy Class cabins, Air Canada’s latest in-flight entertainment system and onboard Wi-Fi.
“The A220 will further strengthen our position on trans-border and transcontinental markets and be instrumental in our continued growth. Our customers will benefit from innovative design features in a spacious and comfortable cabin,” said Mark Galardo, Vice President of Network Planning at Air Canada. This includes the airline’s adoption of the MiQ seat in Business Class.
The aircraft will be used to provide conveniently-timed long-haul connections “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 wide-body aircraft,” continued Galardo.
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 (which we still feel makes the A220 from the outside look like a toy plane) and full-colour LED ambient mood lighting that help reduce fatigue while travelling – a bonus to those connecting long-haul fliers. The high ceilings, extra shoulder room and storage make this a desirable 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, satellite based high speed connectivity for Wi-Fi access as well as USB & AC power available for every passenger.