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C-FGKN: Air Canada Airbus A321-200 (Air France Hand-Me-Down)

c-fgkn air canada airbus a321-200 f-gtan air franceUp until early 2015, C-FGKN was known as F-GTAN in the Air France fleet. The Airbus A321-200 joined Air Canada in March of 2015. We photographed the A321 while plane spotting at Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) on July 20, 2017. Recently, at the end of October, 2017, the aircraft had a smelly flight from New York City to Toronto, Ontario. More on that below.

For full-size, high resolution versions of any of the photos in the image gallery, simply click on the individual aircraft pictures. See below for more detailed information on C-FGKN, the Airbus A321-200 model in general and the airline.

 

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C-FGKN

C-FGKN took its first flight on February 22, 2007 and was delivered to Air France on March 19, 2007 as F-GTAN. The Airbus A321-200 was then delivered to Air Canada on March 25, 2015. One of 15 A321 airliners in the airline’s main fleet, C-FGKN is configured for a maximum total of 185 passengers with 16 seats in business class and 169 more in economy class.

Back with Air France, F-GTAN had a slight problem while on final approach to Paris Charles de Gaulle Aiport on a flight from Bordeaux, France. Autothrust disconnected on its own and speed decayed to a dangerous level, also disengaging autopilot. The crew took over, stabilized the aircraft and landed safely.

On October 29, 2017, flying for Air Canada, C-FGKN put up a stink. Flying from New York’s La Guardia Airport to Toronto Pearson, the crew noticed an odour in the cockpit described as a wet and smelly article of clothing. The flight continued to Toronto for a safe landing. The smell was attributed to the recirculation and ozone filter that needed to be replaced.

Airbus A321-200

The largest of the Airbus A320 Family, the Airbus A321-200 is 45 metres or 146 feet in length, 23 feet longer than the A320. The wingspan is 36 metres or 118 feet and the height at the tail is 12 metres or 39 feet. The wingspan and tail height are shared with the A320.

The first Airbus A321-200 was introduced with Monarch Airlines in April, 1997. Previous to that, there was a little produced Airbus A321-100 that was introduced with Lufthansa in March, 1994. Nearly 1,500 have been delivered.

Air Canada

Air Canada was founded in 1937 as Trans Canada Air Lines and commenced operations under the new name in 1965. Currently, the fleet, including subsidiaries Air Canada Express and Air Canada Rouge, consists of over 400 aircraft. These fly to 350 destinations around the world.

The airline is headquartered on the grounds of Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL) in Dorval, Quebec. They are a founding member of the Star Alliance, along with Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Thai Airways and United Airlines. The alliance now has 27 member airliners worldwide.

The largest aircraft in the Air Canada fleet is the Boeing 777-300ER. The most numerous is the Airbus A320-200. The smallest in the main fleet is the Embraer ERJ-190.

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