(23 Mar 2022, 14:46 +07)
Air Canada has ordered acquiring 26
extra-long range (XLR) versions of the Airbus A321neo aircraft.
Fifteen of the aircraft will be leased from Air
Lease Corporation, five will be leased from AerCap and six are being
acquired under a purchase agreement with Airbus that
includes purchase rights to acquire an additional 14 of the
aircraft between 2027 and 2030.
Deliveries are to begin in the first quarter of
2024 with the final aircraft to arrive in the first quarter of
Air Canada’s A321XLRs will accommodate 182
passengers in a configuration of 14 lie flat Air Canada Signature
Class seats and 168 Economy Class seats.
Air Canada Airbus A321XLR
With a range of
approximately 8,700 kilometres and an ability to fly up to 11
hours, the A321XLR can operate non-stop anywhere across North
America and, pending Transport Canada approval for overseas
operations, also fly transatlantic missions, bolstering the
carrier’s hubs and network.
Air Canada is in the process of
selecting an engine manufacturer for its A321XLR aircraft.
“Air Canada is committed to further strengthen its
market-leading position, especially through investments in new
technology,” said Michael Rousseau, President and Chief Executive
Officer of Air Canada. “The acquisition of the state-of-the-art
Airbus A321XLR is an important element of this strategy and will
drive our core priorities of elevating the customer experience,
advancing our environmental goals, network expansion and
increasing our overall cost efficiency. This order also shows that
Air Canada is emerging strongly from the pandemic and is ideally
positioned to grow, compete and thrive in a reshaped global
The A321XLR will be used both for incremental
growth of Air Canada’s fleet and to replace older, less-efficient
aircraft expected to exit the fleet. The airline has forecast that
the A321XLR aircraft will have up to 17 per cent lower
fuel burn per seat than the previous generation narrow-body on a
typical transcontinental flight and a projected reduction of up to
23 per cent versus previous generation wide-body aircraft on a
The A321XLR is also expected to be quieter for
passengers and airports than the aircraft being replaced.
As of 31 December 2021, Air Canada had 214 aircraft in its mainline and Air Canada Rouge fleets,
including 136 single-aisle, narrow-body aircraft