C-FPWE has worn many colours over its 27 years but all basically with the same airline. The Airbus A320-200 started life with the now defunct Canadian Airlines in 1991. After moving to Air Canada in 2001, the A320 spent time with brands Tango and Jetz before returning to the main fleet in 2012. We photographed C-FPWE on January 1, 2018 while plane spotting at Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ).
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C-FPWE Air Canada Airbus A320-200 Image Gallery
C-FPWE took its first flight on February 8, 1991 and was delivered to Canadian Airlines on April 4, 1991. After that airline was acquired by Air Canada, the Airbus A320-211 was transferred over on April 4, 2001. Since, the aircraft has flown for brands Tango and Air Canada Jetz while being back in the main fleet since May 1, 2012.
This is one of 42 Airbus A320 airliners in the main Air Canada fleet. However, these will start to be phased out in mid 2018, replaced by Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft. This airplane is configured for a maximum total of 146 passengers with 14 seats in business class and 132 more seats in economy class.
Back on April 12, 2001, C-FPWE experienced its only real incident. And, it had nothing to do with the aircraft. The Airbus A320 was sitting peacefully at the terminal at Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ). A trainee was left to dive a covered tow tractor to remove the towbar. This employee then exited the tractor, leaving the vehicle in reverse. When he stepped back in, not realizing that the vehicle was already in gear, he gassed the tractor and it hit the airplane. Damage was done, including the number 1 total air temperature probe. Passengers had to be removed and switched to an alternate airliner.
The first Airbus A320 was introduced in 1988 with Air France. Since, nearly 7,500 in the A320 Family have been built, nearly 4,400 of those A320-200 variants. The initial variant in the family, the A320 is 23 feet shorter than the A321, 12 feet longer than the A319 and 20 feet longer than the A318.
This aircraft is 38 metres or 123 feet in length with a wingspan of 36 metres or 118 feet. At the tail, it stands 12 metres or 39 feet in height. The flight range is 6,100 kilometres.
See our article (with video) on how to identify the difference between the Airbus A320 Family and the Boeing 737 Next Generation Family: Airbus A320 vs Boeing 737.
Air Canada was founded in 1937 as Trans Canada Air Lines, under the ownership of the Canadian National Railway. The name change came officially on January 1, 1965. Headquartered at Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL), the airline has a main fleet of around 175 aircraft, flying to over 200 destinations worldwide. With subsidiaries added in, those numbers increase to over 400 airplanes flying to 350 destinations around the world.
The largest in the fleet is the Boeing 777-300ER (19 in service). The most numerous is the Airbus A320-200 with 42. Air Canada is also one of the world’s largest operators of the Boeing 777-200LR with six. There were just 59 of these ‘Worldliners’ produced.
The airline is a founding member of the Star Alliance. Other founding members include Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Thai Airways and United Airlines. The alliance now has 27 full member airlines worldwide.