Air Canada sees A220 jet delivering boost for key U.S. transit traffic
Direct Seattle - Montreal service with new Airbus A220 aircraft
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August 14, 2019 - by Allison Lampert for reuters.com
Air Canada said on Wednesday it will launch a direct Seattle-Montreal service next spring with its new A220-300 jets, as the carrier eyes new routes to grow its share of lucrative international transit traffic to and from the United States.
Airbus SE's smallest commercial jet, expected to enter Air Canada's fleet in December with its first delivery, will help the carrier open new routes and increase capacity to cities which lack enough traffic to warrant a larger plane, the company said.
"The economics that come with this aircraft allow Air Canada to open new routes that you couldn't serve profitably," said Mark Galardo, vice president of network planning, in an interview.
Air Canada will use the fuel efficient 130-seat jet, developed by Bombardier Inc , to help attract U.S. passengers flying through its Canadian hubs, he said.