Will this and the other Airbus A320-200 aircraft in the Air Canada fleet get painted in the latest livery? C-FFWJ and its 41 other siblings are the most of any model of aircraft in the airline’s main fleet. However, phase-out on these aging workhorses in slated to begin in mid-2018. We photographed C-FFWJ at Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) while plane spotting on January 1, 2018.
For full-size, high resolution versions of any of the photos in the image gallery, simply click on the individual pictures. See below for more detailed information on C-FFWJ, the Airbus A320-200 model in general and the airline.
C-FFWJ Air Canada Airbus A320-200 Image Gallery
C-FFWJ took its first flight on December 11, 1990 and was delivered to Air Canada on February 18, 1991. The Airbus A320-211 is configured for a maximum total of 146 passengers with 14 seats in business class and 132 more in economy class. As mentioned, this is one of 42 A320 models currently in the main Air Canada fleet.
The initial variant of the Airbus A320 Family and the most popular. The first was introduced in 1988 with Air France. Since, there have been nearly 4,400 delivered. The Airbus A320-200 is being replaced by the lighter, more fuel efficient Airbus A320neo.
The A320 is 38 metres or 123 feet in length with a wingspan of 36 metres or 118 feet. At the tail, the aircraft stands 12 metres or 39 feet in height. The flight range is 6,100. The Airbus A320-200 is in direct competition with the Boeing 737-800.
The other members of the Airbus A320 Family include the stretched A321 at 23 feet longer than the initial variant. The A319 and A318 are both shrunken versions with the A319 being 12 feet shorter and the A318 being 20 feet shorter. All four match up with competitors from the Boeing 737 Next Generation Family.
Air Canada was founded in 1937 as Trans Canada Air Lines and officially commenced operations under the Air Canada name in 1965. The Canadian airline has a fleet of nearly 175 aircraft flying to over 200 destinations around the world. With subsidiaries Air Canada Rouge and Air Canada Express added in, those numbers climb to over 400 airplanes traveling to 350 destinations worldwide.
The fleet is led in size by the Boeing 777-300ER while the most numerous is the Airbus A320-200. The newest in the fleet is the Boeing 737 Max 8. The smallest in the main fleet is the Embraer ERJ-190.
Air Canada is a founding member of the Star Alliance. Other founding members include Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Thai Airways and United Airlines. There are now 27 member airlines around the world.