UPDATED #4: Delivery of First Air Canada Airbus A220 on December 19, 2019 - Change Of Plans, Again / Location
First Air Canada Airbus A220 Delivery
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11:35 (16:35 UTC) - December 13, 2019 - by Sylvain Faust for fliegerfaust.com
Latest update: https://www.fliegerfaust.com/air-canada-a220-2643036109.html
** UPDATED: December 18, 2019 --- Air Canada will today perform the acceptance flight of their first Airbus A220 flying out of Mirabel Airport around 11:00am (16:00 UTC). The official delivery celebration of this first Air Canada A220 is still for tomorrow, December 19, 2019 (read below)
** UPDATED: December 19, 2019 --- Air Canada did perform the acceptance flight of their first Airbus A220 flying out of Mirabel Airport yesterday, December 18. The official delivery celebration of this first Air Canada A220 has started at now at Airbus Mirabel airport where employees are offered the opportunity to celebrate and take pictures of this first Air Canada A220 aircraft. Now scheduled for tomorrow is the public event at YUL Montreal airport as described below. (read below)
** UPDATED: #3 December 20, 2019 - The first commercial utilization of the first Air Canada A220 will be January 16, 2020. At the command will be a former CF-18 pilot also former CSeries/A220 test pilot now with Air Canada. The media event will happen the day before, January 15, 2020. Technically the aircraft will be delivered in a few hours if it has not been yet. An aircraft is delivered when the client has made the full paiment for it then the registration is transferred to its new owner.
With the maiden flight of the first Air Canada A220 now behind us (it happened on December 11 ) the next question is:
When will it be delivered to Air Canada? December 19, 2019 is the date.
Now, you think the event will occur at Mirabel International Airport YMX? Nope… Where then?
The first Air Canada Airbus A220 (formerly known as the Bombardier CSeries before over 50% of the CSeries ownership was sold to Airbus for simply one Canadian $ i.e. about US$0.73…) delivery celebration will be held at Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport YUL on December 19, 2019.
Once again, you learned about this "First" on Fliegerfaust.com
Expect to see all invitations to be sent very shortly regarding this event. Air Canada will be pushing hard to get the maximum media coverage. It might be a good time to ask Air Canada how happy they are with their new Boeing 737 MAX?
According to what I understood the reason why the first flight of this aircraft was pushed by a week as previously reported (https://www.fliegerfaust.com/air-canada-2641455695.html) was due to some late discovered snags. But, on the positive side the first flight landed with a "Complete" status, i.e. no snag! Great news!
Remember, still remaining before the delivery of an aircraft is the client acceptance flight where representative of the client do a complete inspection of the aircraft on the ground (cabin seats and systems…) prior to the flight. Sometimes more than a single flight is required.
Air Canada should be taking delivery of 75 A220 aircraft. But more could also be ordered before the firm number (45) added with the number of options (30) are all delivered and depending when Airbus will officially introduce the longer A220-500. The A220-500 (formerly CSeries CS500) is already all designed (before Airbus acquired its portion of the CSeries) and it has been flying for a few years already in Bombardier special CSeries flight simulators. The CS500 basically use the same wing and landing gears of the CS300 aka A220-300, nothing complex to change at Mirabel to allow for its production and simply one or two aircraft would be necessary for its certification. Those could also be sold at a discounted price later.
As I reported before, the aircraft registration for this first Air Canada A220 has a special meaning. The aircraft will keep its current C-GROV registration when the ownership is transferred from Airbus to Air Canada. If you want to know why the letters "GROV" have been selected simply read about it here…
Sylvain Faust, Fliegerfaust.com