Air Canada has taken delivery of its maiden 737 Max at a handling ceremony on October 31. This is the first of the two aircraft of this type to be delivered to the Montréal-based carrier by the end of the year, while another 16 are due for the first half of 2018.
The airline has already announced its plans for the operation of the new Boing twinjets. They are to be used for the increased seasonal services from Montréal Trudeau to Dublin International and Reykjavik Keflavik, from St. John’s to London Heathrow and from Toronto Pearson to Reykjavik Keflavik and Shannon.
The new addition is part of the extended plan of Air Canada to replace its fleet of Airbus A320s with Boeing aircraft. The carrier expects total of sixty-one MAX jets by 2021 including fifty 737 MAX 8 and eleven 737 MAX 9 aircraft. The order includes substitution rights between the models as well as for the 737 MAX 7 aircraft. It also has options for eighteen additional MAX jets as well as rights to thirty more of the type.
Air Canada Chief Financial Officer Mike Rousseau confirmed that the first A320s will be removed from service about two-three months after the arrival of the new 737 Max aircraft.