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Air Canada Will Take 4 Retired Alaska Airlines Airbus A320s

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Summary

  • Air Canada has acquired four ex-Alaska Airlines Airbus A320s ahead of its planned expansion this summer.
  • The aircraft will be deployed on routes across North America and the Caribbean upon delivery.
  • Air Canada is currently eyeing the addition of several new destinations in the US and Mexico from its hubs at Toronto and Montreal.


As demand for narrowbody jets continues to surge, Air Canada has found a nifty solution in picking up several old Alaska Airlines Airbus A320-200 airframes to meet capacity demand.

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Continued fleet development

Four ex-Alaska Airlines A320s, averaging around 14 years, have been acquired by Air Canada, with their registrations freshly updated from their former US N designation to Canada’s C. According to ch-aviation, three aircraft, C-FCZF (ex-N637VA), C-FCQX (ex-N847VA), and C-FCYX (ex-N853VA), are currently undergoing maintenance at Piedmont Triad International Airport (GSO) in Greensboro, North Carolina. The oldest aircraft to be delivered, C-FCQD (ex-N632VA), remains in storage at San Antonio International Airport (SAT) after experiencing issues during in-flight testing earlier this week.

An additional ex-China Southern Airlines A320, B-6267, previously stored at Larnaca International Airport (LCA), is expected to be delivered to Air Canada as C-FDGQ after its current lease expires on January 31.

C-FKPT Air Canada Airbus A320-211 (1)

Photo: Vincenzo Pace I Simple Flying

With 28 A220-300 and A321XLR in the order books, the upcoming A320s will likely support Air Canada’s growing short and medium-haul segment. Air Canada’s existing fleet of 16 A320-200s is currently deployed on a mix of routes, including domestic services between its bases at Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ), Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport (YWG), Montréal–Trudeau International Airport (YUL), Ottawa/Macdonald–Cartier International Airport (YOW), and Vancouver International Airport (YVR), as well as tourism-targeted services to Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) in Fort Myers, Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ) in the Dominican Republic, and Miami International Airport (MIA), among others.

As of January 2024, Air Canada’s active short and medium-haul fleet comprises a mix of 34 previous-generation A319, A320, and A321 aircraft, 28 A220s, and 28 Boeing 737 MAX 8, excluding wet-leases.

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Added capacity ahead of growth

During the 2024 summer travel season, Air Canada is eying further medium-haul expansion from its hubs in Toronto and Montreal, with over 120 destinations across North America and the Caribbean on offer.

Year-round flights to Tulum International Airport (TQO) are set to launch on May 3 from Toronto and May 4 from Montreal, running twice a week and daily, respectively. Toronto will see daily direct Air Canada services to Charleston International Airport (CHS) from March 28, while Montreal will add services to Austin–Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) and St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL) in May. Some existing services will increase frequency through summer, with other seasonal flights set to resume.

An Air Canada Jetz Airbus A320 taking off.

Photo: Air Canada

In a statement shared in December, Air Canada’s Executive Vice President of revenue and Network Planning, Mark Galardo, celebrated the carrier’s latest expansion through North America, adding,

“These new destinations and routes reflect Air Canada’s market leadership and network diversification strategy of adding capacity to in-demand leisure destinations such as Tulum and fast-growing, key metropolitan areas in the US… By adding scale to our Canadian hubs, we are offering more travel choices and unparalleled access to and from our worldwide network. We look forward to welcoming our customers onboard.”

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What are your thoughts on Air Canada’s decision to take on ex-Alaska Airlines Airbus A320s? Let us know in the comments.

  • Air Canada Tile

    Air Canada

    IATA/ICAO Code:
    AC/ACA

    Airline Type:
    Full Service Carrier

    Hub(s):
    Calgary International Airport, Montréal–Trudeau International Airport, Toronto Pearson International Airport, Vancouver International Airport

    Year Founded:
    1967

    Alliance:
    Star Alliance

    CEO:
    Michael Rousseau

    Country:
    Canada

    Region:
    North America

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