Just a few weeks ago, C-GBHZ experienced smoke in the cockpit, coming from the centre pedestal. That’s never a good thing. The airplane landed safely and a blower fan needed to be replaced. The Airbus A319-113 experienced something a little frightening in it’s younger days with Air Canada. C-GBHZ got caught in the wake of a United Airlines Boeing 747-400, causing injuries to eleven people on board.
The images in the gallery below were taken in September, 2016 at Toronto Pearson International Airport. For full-size, high resolution versions of any of the photos, simply click on the individual pictures in the gallery. See below for more detailed information on this specific aircraft, including its incidents, along with info on the Airbus A319 model in general and the airline.
C-GBHZ Air Canada Rouge Airbus A319 Image Gallery
C-GBHZ made its first flight on March 26, 1998 and was delivered to Air Canada on April 16, 1998. The Airbus A319-113 was transferred to the Rouge fleet on April 18, 2014. This is one of 20 A319 aircraft in the Rouge fleet with 18 more in the main Air Canada fleet. This is the smallest airplane Rouge flies. C-GBHZ is configured in a one class system with seating for a maximum of 142 passengers.
On January 10, 2008, the airplane was flying from Victoria, British Columbia to Toronto, Ontario. Following behind a United Airlines Boeing 747-400, the Airbus A319 waited at 35,000 feet until it was determined there was enough separation for the airplane to climb to 37,000, the same altitude as the 747.
Sharp jolts were felt, following by a series of rolls, taking the plane repeatedly from 36,900 feet to 35,500 feet and back. The airplane was diverted to Calgary, Alberta where it landed safely. Eight passengers and crew received minor injuries while three more received serious injuries.
On April 27, 2017, C-GBHZ was flying from Kingston, Jamaica to Toronto, Ontario when the crew noticed abnormal noise and vibrations in the cockpit. Shortly after, there was a popping sound and smoke began to come out of the centre pedestal. The airplane diverted safely to Nassau, Bahamas. The cause was a faulty avionics blower fan in the centre pedestal and that part was replaced.
The Airbus A319 made its first flight on August 25, 1995 and was introduced with Swissair in 1996. This is the shortened version of the Airbus A320 and one of four models in the A320 Family. The airplane can be configured for up to 160 passengers.
Air Canada Rouge
Air Canada Rouge is a wholly owned subsidiary of Air Canada, flying to vacation and leisure destinations, and is fully integrated into Air Canada’s systems. Founded in December, 2012, the airline flies to 49 destinations and has a fleet of just under 50 aircraft. The fleet consists of Boeing 767-300ER, Airbus A321-200 and Airbus A319-100. Rouge is a member of the Star Alliance, through the parent company. Air Canada is a founding member of the Star Alliance.