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Air Canada Master Fleet Changes Thread

Air Canada Master Fleet Changes Thread

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It is intended that this wiki will be updated periodically using new fleet plans from future quarterly disclosures, presentations or press releases by AC, or information from other sources (e.g. Planespotters), and that anyone is free to update the wiki. The data in the wiki is intended to be as up-to-date as possible.

Note that the fleet plan has not been updated since the impact of COVID-19 became severe. AC is scheduled to release Q1 results (which typically include an update on fleet plans) on May 4, 2020.

Fleet Evolution Over Time

This spreadsheet contains data on AC's fleet back to 2005, and includes numerous charts that detail the evolution of various types in the fleet from then until the present.

Overview of Current Fleet and Future Plans

Mainline Widebody Fleet

Boeing 777-300ER (77W)
Current: 19
Future plans: no changes planned

Boeing 777-200LR (77L)
Current: 6
Future plans: no changes planned

Boeing 787-9 (789)
Current: 29
Future plans: no changes planned

Boeing 787-8 (788)
Current: 8
Future plans: no changes planned

AC holds purchase options for a further 13 aircraft and purchase rights for 10 aircraft (788 or 789), but has not yet announced any intent to exercise these options or rights.

Airbus A330-300 (333)
Current: 15 (13 @ YE19 +2 since)
Future plans: +2 in 2020; cabins to be refurbished to 787/777 standards
AC purchasing more A330s in 2019
Air Canada Airbus A330-300 refurbish configuration

Boeing 767-300ER (763)
Current: 5
Future plans: all to be retired in 2021

Mainline Narrowbody Fleet

Airbus A321 (321)
Current: 15
Future plans: no changes planned

Airbus A320 (320)
Current: 37 (38 @ YE19 - 1 removed since)
Future plans: -21 in 2020, -6 in 2021

Airbus A319 (319)
Current: 16 (of which 3 at Jetz)
Future plans: -7 in 2021

Boeing 737-9 (7M9)
Current: 0
Future plans: order cancelled in Q1 2020 (previously 11 on order)

Boeing 737-8 (7M8)
Current: 24
Future plans: +6 in 2020, +20 in 2021 (delivery schedule likely to be further delayed due to grounding)

NOTE: all 737 MAX aircraft are currently grounded and deliveries have been halted by Boeing
Air Canada Selects Boeing 737 MAX to Renew Mainline Narrowbody Fleet
European & Canadian ban of 737 Max - Effect on AC

AC holds purchase options for 18, and purchase rights for 30, additional 737 MAX aircraft (7M7, 7M8, or 7M9), but has not yet announced any intent to exercise these options or rights.

Airbus A220-300 (223)
Current: 4 (1 @ YE19 +3 since)
Future plans: +13 in 2020, +16 in 2021 (45 in total on order, with 30 additional options)
Air Canada to Purchase Bombardier C Series as Part of its Fleet Renewal Program
Possible Air Canada CSeries routes (A220)

Embraer 190 (E90)
Current: 14
Future plans: all to be retired during 2020 (planes have already been sold)
Air Canada announces plans to retire E190 fleet

rouge Widebody Fleet

Boeing 767-300ER (763)
Current: 25
Future plans: -2 in 2020
Air Canada Rouge 767 Retirements

rouge Narrowbody Fleet

Airbus A321 (321)
Current: 14
Future plans: no changes planned
Iceland's WOW air sells four A321ceo to Air Canada

Airbus A320 (320)
Current: 5 (3 @ YE19 +2 added since)
Future plans: no changes planned

Airbus A319 (319)
Current: 22
Future plans: no changes planned

Express Fleet

Embraer 175 (E75)
Operated by Sky Regional
Current: 25
Future plans: no changes planned

Changes coming to Jazz and Air Georgian:
Jazz CPA with AC extended plus more CRJ900s
Note that Air Georgian no longer flies for AC and has recently filed for bankruptcy

Bombardier CRJ-900 (CR9)
Operated by Jazz
Current: 26
Future plans: +7 in 2020, +2 in 2021

Bombardier CRJ-100/200 (CRJ)
Operated by Jazz
Current: 22
Future plans: -7 in 2020

Bombardier Q400 (DH4)
Operated by Jazz
Current: 44
Future plans: -4 in 2020, -4 in 2021

Bombardier Dash 8-300 (DH3)
Operated by Jazz
Current: 23
Future plans: -4 in 2020

Bombardier Dash 8-100 (DH1)
Operated by Jazz
Current: 6
Future plans: all to exit fleet in 2020

Beechcraft 1900D (BEH)
Operated by EVAS
Current: 5

Sources

Information above is based primarily on the fleet plan in Air Canada's 2019 Q4 MD&A, as of February 18, 2020, with some updates based on data from Planespotters.net.
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Old Feb 15, 19, 10:48 pm
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Air Canada Master Fleet Changes Thread

Plenty of fleet developments going on at AC these days. We have a number of threads dedicated to individual aircraft type changes, but many airline forums on FT also have a master thread (or a couple) to keep track of type threads and discuss broader issues relating to fleet changes. I thought I'd start one here.

I hope this is useful for people as a quick reference to upcoming fleet changes as well as a place to discuss them.

The intention is to keep a wiki up to date with current fleet stats and plans, along with links to the individual threads with more in-depth discussion of individual types. The idea is to keep the wiki fairly up to date, so, for instance, I've not included links to the thread on the extra 77Ws that AC purchased in 2013 and were delivered in 2013-14.
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To kick off the discussion... One interesting open item is what is AC going to do with the 319s and 321s that are currently projected to be at mainline through 2021. They have a bunch more 7M8s on order and the ability to convert those to 7M7s or 7M9s, but no sign of doing so thus far. So do the 319s and 321s have a long-term future at mainline, or will they end up at rouge soon enough?

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Old Feb 15, 19, 10:55 pm
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Thank you so much for this. Outstanding. ^
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Fantastic wiki and thread. Well done.

At quick glance it doesn't seem there is much of a net change in pax capacity across the fleet in coming years which suggests either that AC feels they have saturated the various markets, or they fly many aircraft not full.

I am disappointed in the change from A32Xs to 7M8s. It isn't new news of course but this thread serves as the reminder.

I actually have never liked A32X aircraft owing almost entirely to the engines. The sound they make on takeoff until cruising altitude is like nails on a chalkboard to me. Having said that, a few flights aboard the 7M8 have served as a reminder to be careful what one wishes for.
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Airfleets.net is showing the 7M8 fleet as 20 strong. According to them, MSN7358, C-GEHI has been delivered n January 31. MSN7383, C-GHEV has been delivered on Feb. 1.
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Originally Posted by WaytoomuchEurope View Post
Fantastic wiki and thread. Well done.

At quick glance it doesn't seem there is much of a net change in pax capacity across the fleet in coming years which suggests either that AC feels they have saturated the various markets, or they fly many aircraft not full.

I am disappointed in the change from A32Xs to 7M8s. It isn't new news of course but this thread serves as the reminder.

I actually have never liked A32X aircraft owing almost entirely to the engines. The sound they make on takeoff until cruising altitude is like nails on a chalkboard to me. Having said that, a few flights aboard the 7M8 have served as a reminder to be careful what one wishes for.
AC's A32X fleet is sort of sharing the engines with the wast majority of the worldwide 737 fleet. The buzz saw sound is definitely present on 737's too. So not too much choice there. And right now I can't recall the sound inside of a V2500 powered A321. It's almost 3 years since I flew one.
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This is a great idea for a thread! Thanks very much for collecting the data and making it really accessible
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Thanks Adam. Anyone else scared by the notion that the 7M8 fleet will be bigger than all mainline A32X narrowbodies combined in 2020? They will be everywhere.
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Originally Posted by WildcatYXU View Post
AC's A32X fleet is sort of sharing the engines with the wast majority of the worldwide 737 fleet. The buzz saw sound is definitely present on 737's too. So not too much choice there. And right now I can't recall the sound inside of a V2500 powered A321. It's almost 3 years since I flew one.
Funny, I haven't noticed it on the MAX. Selective hearing is a possibility, but more likely that I hear it less up front which is the only cabin I've enjoyed for the 7M8.
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Until I read the Wiki I didn't know that AC Express operators are getting rid of 9 CRJ, 8 Q400, and 6 DH3. I knew that the 15 DH1 were on the way out, but the others came as a surprise to me. Some of these will be offset by 14 new CR9, but overall there is quite a decrease in birds for AC Express.
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Is the aircraft code for A220-300 223 or CS3?
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Originally Posted by smallmj View Post
Until I read the Wiki I didn't know that AC Express operators are getting rid of 9 CRJ, 8 Q400, and 6 DH3. I knew that the 15 DH1 were on the way out, but the others came as a surprise to me. Some of these will be offset by 14 new CR9, but overall there is quite a decrease in birds for AC Express.
Agreed. It would seem that with the A220s enhancing the mainline fleet beyond the E90s some DH4 routes will go CR9 and some CR9 will go A220 maybe with lower frequency. Existing DH1 routes will go DH3 with lower frequency and some DH3 will upgauge to DH4 with lower frequency.
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Originally Posted by WildcatYXU View Post
Airfleets.net is showing the 7M8 fleet as 20 strong. According to them, MSN7358, C-GEHI has been delivered n January 31. MSN7383, C-GHEV has been delivered on Feb. 1.
Thanks. I've updated the wiki. Of course, anyone is free to update it themselves

Originally Posted by YXUFlyboy View Post
Thanks Adam. Anyone else scared by the notion that the 7M8 fleet will be bigger than all mainline A32X narrowbodies combined in 2020? They will be everywhere.
Already happening. I regularly get notices from EF that flights I've booked on a 319, 320 or 321 have been swapped to 7M8. It's only going to get worse.

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Is the aircraft code for A220-300 223 or CS3?
Fair question. I believe Airbus is updating the paperwork to change it. Whether that's done or not, I don't know. I do know that Air Baltic uses "223" on their schedule.
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Good riddance to the DH1s to be honest
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According to the AC website, the DH1 fleet is down to just 10 now.
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