Air Canada (AC, Montréal Trudeau) has taken delivery of its first B737 MAX 8 following the handing over of C-FTJV (msn 61207) on Monday, October 31. The twinjet is one of two to deliver to the Canadian operator this year with a further sixteen due during the first half of 2018.
In terms of operations, Air Canada has already announced plans to deploy its MAX jets on expanded seasonal services from Montréal Trudeau to Dublin Int’l and Reykjavik Keflavik, from St. John’s to London Heathrow and from Toronto Pearson to Reykjavik Keflavik and Shannon.
In total, as at September 30, 2017, Air Canada’s latest financials reveal it is expecting a total of sixty-one MAX jets by 2021 including fifty B737 MAX 8 and eleven B737 MAX 9 aircraft (a revision on 1Q17’s numbers which had listed thirty-three B737 MAX 8s and twenty-eight B737 MAX 9s). The order includes substitution rights between the models as well as for the B737 MAX 7 aircraft. It also has options for eighteen additional MAX jets as well as rights to thirty more of the type.
Collectively, the incoming Boeing (BOE, Chicago O’Hare) twinjets will replace the carrier’s fleet of Airbus (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) A320 Family narrowbodies.
Air Canada Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Mike Rousseau said in a recent conference call that the first A320s would be removed “probably two or three months after the B737 [MAX] comes in.”