Air Canada (AC, Montréal Trudeau) has revealed it is considering deploying A220-300s out of Calgary, Montréal Trudeau, Toronto Pearson, and Vancouver Int'l on both domestic and international routes, Flightglobal has reported.

According to a map shown to the media by the carrier's Vice-President (Network Planning) Mark Galardo, Air Canada considers deploying the type both on short regional hops, such as Toronto-Chicago O'Hare, and much longer sectors such as Montreal-San Francisco, CA and Vancouver-Washington Dulles. Besides a number of destinations in Canada and the United States, the carrier is also considering deploying the type to Monterrey General Mariano Escobedo in Mexico.

Galardo told the media during a visit to the Airbus A220 assembly plant at Montréal Mirabel that Air Canada has not yet taken any decision regarding the deployment of its initial units of the type and the map represented only some of the analysed options. The carrier has forty-five A220-300s on firm order and expects to launch commercial operations of the type in January 2020.

Air Canada expects 15% savings on operational costs of the A220-300s compared to the E190s.

Galardo also said that Air Canada is still considering deploying more narrowbody jets on transatlantic sectors and could use both the B737 MAX or A321-200neo(LR) for that purpose. The carrier already operates eighteen B737-8s and has a further thirty-one units of the type, as well as twelve B737-9s on order with Boeing. Air Canada does not currently operate or has on order any A320neo Family units. Galardo stressed that so far no plans in this regard, either related to new routes or a potential new order, have been taken.

Air Canada currently uses or plans to use its B737-8 fleet for year-round services from Halifax and St. John's to London Heathrow and seasonal summer only services from Montréal to Bordeaux and Reykjavik Keflavik as well as from Toronto to Reykjavik Keflavik and Shannon.