C-GHKR is an Airbus A330-300 belonging to Air Canada that has shown some signs of old age in the past few years. The A333 hasn’t experienced any major incidents, just those of an airplane getting closer to its 20th birthday. We photographed C-GHKR while plane spotting at Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) on July 21, 2017.
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C-GHKR took its first flight on March 23, 2001 and was delivered to Air Canada on May 16, 2001. The Airbus A330-343 is configured for a maximum total of 292 passengers with 27 seats in business class, 21 more in premium economy and 244 seats in economy class. This is one of eight A333 airliners in the main Air Canada fleet.
On December 11, 2015, C-GHKR was flying from Toronto, Ontario to Munich, Germany. About 330 miles out of Toronto, the crew was not getting full performance out of the right side engine. The Airbus A330-300 was diverted back to Toronto for a safe landing just over an hour later. The engine was replaced a few months later.
Not long after the engine replacement, the A333 was flying from Calgary, Alberta to Frankfurt, Germany on March 9, 2016. After landing at Frankfurt, there was a green hydraulic system low reservoir indication. The aircraft then needed to be towed to the terminal. As a result, a hydraulic pressure line in the wheel well was repaired.
Later that year, the aircraft was flying a short run from Toronto, Ontario to Montreal, Quebec on October 17, 2016. About 45 miles out of Montreal, the crew reported smoke on the flight deck. They continued for a safe landing and no source of smoke was identified.
On July 10, 2017, C-GHKR was flying from Tel Aviv, Israel to Montreal, Quebec. On acceleration for takeoff, the needed to reject at low speed. There were balance complications due to the fuel configuration being recalculated for the high temperatures in Tel Aviv. The aircraft took off 30 minutes later with no further issues.
Just over a month later, on August 21, 2017, the Airbus A330-300 was flying again from Tel Aviv to Montreal. After departure, the airport crew detected seven large tire parts on the runway. However, the airplane continued on to its destination without problems.
The initial variant of A330, the Airbus A330-300 debuted with Air Inter in January, 1994. The direct competitor of the Boeing 777-200 is 64 metres or 209 feet in length with a wingspan of 60 metres or 198 feet. At the tail, the A333 stands 17 metres or 55 feet in height. The flight range is 11,750 kilometres.
Air Canada was founded as Trans Canada Air Lines in 1937 with the name change officially coming in 1965. The airline is headquartered on the grounds of Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL) and is a founding member of the Star Alliance.
The Canadian airline has a main fleet of around 175 aircraft flying to over 200 destinations around the world. With subsidiaries added in, those numbers grow to over 400 airplanes traveling to 350 destinations worldwide. The largest in the fleet is the Boeing 777-300ER while the most numerous is the Airbus A320-200.