Air Canada‘s first Airbus A220 has taken to the skies on its maiden test flight. This is the first of forty-five additional aircraft to begin delivery in 2020 onwards, Air Canada will be using the aircraft on short-haul domestic routes as well as some operations internationally to the United States.
The aircraft took off from the Bombardier Airbus facility and circled around the region testing various functions of the aircraft. Unlike other A220s that are built by Airbus, because Air Canada is not a US airline they don’t actually need to finish the aircraft down at the Airbus Mobile Facility (this is to class the aircraft product as a domestic product). This will infer that Air Canada will receive the aircraft a little bit faster as it can be finished in Canada and less than an hour flight from their new hub.