- Air Canada took delivery of its newest aircraft, the Airbus A220, in December and unveiled it to the public on January 15.
- The airline plans to deploy the aircraft domestically and to US destinations including Seattle, New York, and San Jose, California.
- The aircraft has a long history that saw majority ownership in the program acquired by Airbus after it was designed by Canada's Bombardier.
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Air Canada unveiled on Wednesday its first Airbus A220-300 aircraft, showing off the Canadian airplane that was bought by a European manufacturer that plans to also build them in the US.
The aircraft is one of the most controversial in North America because of Boeing's resistance to and interference in the plane's sales in the US market. The manufacturer unsuccessfully attempted to block the purchase of the aircraft by Delta Air Lines, which had been shifting more toward Airbus products in its medium- and long-haul fleets with arrivals such as the Airbus A321 and A350-900 XWB.
Though Boeing failed to convince trade regulators of its case, the negative decision opened the door for Airbus to take a majority stake in the program and rebrand it as its own. It was then that the Bombardier C Series became the Airbus A220, though most operators still keep the C Series name on the entryways to its aircraft.
Once it took delivery of the aircraft at the Bombardier-Airbus facility in Mirabel, Quebec, near Montreal, Air Canada became the second North American carrier behind Delta Air Lines to operate the Airbus A220, showing national pride doesn't always come first in aviation. Delta uses the aircraft on a variety of domestic routes with one of its longest being New York to Salt Lake City.
JetBlue Airways placed a large order for the aircraft last year, opting to go for an all-Airbus fleet rather than continue with Embraer.