Air Canada satisfies Airbus with a fixed order and provides additional options. The airline also wants to travel across the Atlantic with the A321 XLR.
Already at the beginning of March, it was leaked that Air Canada was interested in an additional Airbus A321 Neo. There was talk of 10 to 20 LR or XLR planes. Now the airline has revealed its demand – and it’s even bigger.
On the other hand, Air Canada announced itself as the buyer of six A321 XLR aircraft, which were previously on Airbus’ order book as an aircraft for an unnamed customer. The airline leased another 20 A321 XLR aircraft – 15 from Air Lease and five from Aercap. All of these aircraft will be delivered between 2024 and 2027.
Business class with reclining seats
In addition, Air Canada acquired the rights to 14 more aircraft from Airbus. If used by the airline, it would be delivered between 2027 and 2030.
The plane will accommodate 182 passengers, with 14 seats in business class that convert into flat beds and 168 in economy class. Due to the model’s long range, it could – if released for Transport Canada – “fly missions across the Atlantic,” according to Air Canada. No decision has been made on the engine manufacturer.
No neos in the fleet yet
Air Canada wants to use the planes to grow the fleet and replace older planes with it. To date, Air Canada has only A320 family aircraft of the older CEO generation.
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