AIR CANADA TO PURCHASE TWELVE AIRBUS A321 AND TWO A319 AIRCRAFT
MONTREAL, October 11, 2000 - Air Canada today confirmed its acquisition of twelve Airbus A321 and two additional A319 aircraft as part of its on-going growth and fleet renewal strategy. The aircraft will be purchased from Airbus. Air Canada will begin taking delivery of the aircraft in October 2001 for immediate deployment in its domestic and transborder markets. Air Canada thus becomes the first airline in Canada to operate the A321.
All 14 aircraft are from the Airbus A320 family, featuring operational savings due to commonality in training, crews and maintenance. All aircraft will be powered with CFM engines.
"Recent long term labour agreements provide us with the necessary stability to proceed with the company's growth. This is the first of a series of announcements on fleet expansion and renewal," said Robert Milton, President and Chief Executive Officer. "This acquisition will allow us to start our fleet renewal program to replace older generation aircraft such as the DC-9 and Boeing 737 aircraft. The introduction of Airbus A321 aircraft to our fleet builds on the many benefits derived from commonality of A320 family aircraft types. The new A321 fleet will allow us to increase capacity in a highly cost efficient manner on high density short to medium haul North American routes."
The 160-seat A321 will be configured 3x3 in economy and 2x2 in business class. Flying range is 4200 kilometres with a cargo payload of 3005 kg. The aircraft has a list price of USD$60 million. Deliveries will be taken October 2001 to December 2002.
The 112-seat A319 will be configured 3x3 in economy and 2x2 in business class. Flying range is 4441 kilometres with a cargo payload of 2141 kg. The aircraft has a list price of USD$45 million. Deliveries will be taken July and October 2002.
With Air Canada's acquisition of Canadian Airlines on July 6, 2000, the combined operating fleets of Air Canada and its wholly-owned subsidiaries currently number 372 aircraft. This includes 35 A319s, 47 A320s, 13 of which are in Canadian Airlines fleet, four A330-300s, with four more on order, and 12 A340-300s. Air Canada is one of the world's largest operators of Airbus aircraft. In 1990, it became the first carrier in Canada to operate the A320, and in 1995 it became the first carrier in North America to operate the A340.
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