One of 25 Embraer 190 aircraft in the main Air Canada fleet, it turns out C-FHKE had an exciting day the same day we photographed her. The photos in the gallery were taken at Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) while plane spotting on August 13, 2017. That same day, the aircraft was forced to reject a takeoff from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, on a flight to Toronto, due to a flock of birds moving in the path of the airliner. More on that below.
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-FHKE, the Embraer 190 model in general and the airline.
C-FHKE Air Canada Embraer 190 Image Gallery
C-FHKE was delivered to Air Canada on November 1, 2006 and is now one of 25 Embraer 190 aircraft in the airline’s main fleet. This model is the smallest airplane operated in the main AC fleet. These models are to be phased out and replaced by Bombardier CS300 airliners in the next few years. The E190 is configured for a maximum total of 97 passengers with nine seats in business class, 20 more in premium economy and 68 in economy class.
On the day that we photographed C-FHKE, the airliner had a bit of a problem getting off the ground in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan for a flight to Toronto, Ontario. After accelerating through 90 knots, the crew spotted a large flock of birds taking off and moving into the path of the Embraer 190. The takoff was rejected. No evidence of a bird strike was detected on the airplane and was able to continue on its way to Toronto.
On December 19, 2013, the E190 was flying from Toronto to Seattle, Washington. At 32,000 feet and 200 miles out of Toronto, the crew received a fuel imbalance EICAS warning, indicating the loss of 1,450 lbs. of fuel from the right hand tank. C-FHKE returned to Toronto for a safe landing. No maintenance was required as it was determined the fuel leak was a commonly known issue with this type of aircraft.
The Embraer 190 is the larger of the E-Jet family that includes the E170/E175 and the E190/E195. The E190 took its first flight on March 12, 2004 and JetBlue took the first delivery in 2005. JetBlue remains the models top operator.
The aircraft is 36 metres or 119 feet in length with a wingspan of 29 metres or 94 feet. At the tail, the airliner stands eleven metres or 35 feet in height. The maximum flight range is 4,537 kilometres.
Air Canada was founded in 1937 and is headquartered at the Air Canada Centre on the grounds of Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL). The airline flies to over 200 destinations worldwide with a main fleet of nearly 175 aircraft. With subsidiaries added in, those numbers balloon to around 350 destinations with just under 400 airliners.
The Boeing 777-300ER is the largest airplane in the Air Canada fleet. The Airbus A320-200 is the most numerous while the Embraer 190 is the smallest in the main fleet. Air Canada is a founding member of the Star Alliance, an airline alliance that now has 27 members around the world. Other founding members include Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Thai Airways and United Airlines.