Air Canada Set To Retire 79 Aircraft Immediately

Air Canada has announced that it will be retiring Boeing 767s, Airbus A319s and Embraer 190s earlier than planned.

Air Canada Set To Retire 79 Aircraft Immediately
Air Canada will retire 79 aircraft immediately Photo: 

Airlines around the globe are parking their aircraft reviewing huge decrease in demand for air travel due to ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Airlines are not expecting this issue to be resolved soon. 




Air Canada will retire 30 Boeing 767s, 35 Airbus A319s and 14 Embraer E190s. Majority of the Boeing 767s and Airbus A319s operate under the banner of Air Canada's low-cost arm Air Canada Rouge.

However, three of the A319s which are operated by Air Canada Jetz, charter airline will remain in the fleet for the time being. These aircraft are configured with 58 business class seats.

Air Canada Set To Retire 79 Aircraft Immediately
Majority of these 79 aircraft are under Air Canada Rouge Photo: Air Canada




In the press release Air Canada spokesperson said:

"The retirement of these aircraft will simplify the airline's overall fleet, reduce its cost structure, and lower its carbon footprint."

Air Canada's subsidiary Rouge will retire all of their Boeing 767-300ERs as the airline moves towards exiting long-haul international service due to the widespread corona virus pandemic.

Air Canada Set To Retire 79 Aircraft Immediately
Air Canada has already retired Embraer E190s Photo: 



The Embraer 190s have already been retired whereas, the retirement of Boeing 767s and Airbus A319s are being accelerated.

At the end of March, Air Canada Rouge fleet comprised of 66 planes including 22 Airbus A319-100s, 5 A320-200s, 14 A321-200s and 25 Boeing 767-300ERs.

With these immediate retirement, Rouge fleet will be reduced to just 19 Airbus narrow-body aircraft.

Air Canada Set To Retire 79 Aircraft Immediately
Only 3 Airbus A319 will remain that fly private charters Photo: Air Canada




"Rouge is going to continue to be an integral part of Air Canada, albeit as primarily a narrow-body operator into leisure markets," said Air Canada CEO Calin Rovinescu.

However, the key international routes previously served by Air Canada Rouge would be covered by Air Canada's Airbus A330s or high-density Boeing 777s in the future.

The latest Rouge map shows flights to 17 European destinations along with four cities in South America as far away as Lima.

Air Canada Set To Retire 79 Aircraft Immediately
Majority of Rouge key long-haul routes would be covered by Air Canada




"We're effectively putting the airline in a state of hibernation, unwinding a decade of international growth," said Michael Rousseau, Air Canada's Chief Financial Officer.

"Realistically, we expect it to take at least three years for Air Canada to get back to 2019 levels of revenue and service," he added.

Air Canada is looking forward to take over Air Transat, which is the third-largest airline in Canada. 

Air Canada Set To Retire 79 Aircraft Immediately
Air Transat has more Airbus A321LR on order Photo: Airbus 




Air Transat operates with a fleet of 12 Airbus A320s, 3 A321LR along with 20 Airbus A330s and 5 Boeing 737s. 

Along with the fleet of 43 planes, the airline also has 13 more Airbus A321LRs and 2 A321neos on order as of April, 2020.

These retired Embraer E190s and Airbus A319s would be replaced by Airbus A220-300s. Air Canada has already taken delivery of 4 A220s and has 41 more on order.

Air Canada Set To Retire 79 Aircraft Immediately
Airbus A220s will replace the A319s and Embraer E190s Photo: Air Canada




Air Canada will take delivery of 14 more Airbus A220s this year, as the airline concluded a bridge financing of $788 million for 18 Airbus A220s.

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