This article has been updated on July 6, 2017 with new and improved photos taken of C-GITU on July 2, 2017 at Toronto Pearson. See updated gallery below…
Once in a while, you spot this Airbus A321 belonging to Air Canada. C-GITU is unique because of the special Star Alliance livery. The images in the gallery below were taken on August 26, 2015, nearly three years after the aircraft experienced a significant incident that turned out to be something simple.
The photos were taken at Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ). For full size, high definition versions of the images in the gallery, simple click on the individual pictures. See below for more information on this specific airplane, the Airbus A321 model in general and the airline.
C-GITU Air Canada Airbus A321 Image Gallery
C-GITU Air Canada Airbus A321 With Star Alliance Livery Updated Gallery
C-GITU made its first flight on November 13, 2001 and was delivered to Air Canada on November 27, 2001. Sometime between 2012 and 2015, the aircraft was painted with the special Star Alliance livery with the star logo on the tail and the name on the sides of the airplane. C-GITU is configured with 20 business class seats, along with 154 more in economy class.
On a September 29, 2012 flight from Vancouver, British Columbia (YVR) to Toronto, Ontario (YYZ), C-GITU experienced an issue that started right from the Airbus A321’s initial climb. After the gear was retracted, a fault message was received. It was decided to continue on to Toronto.
On approach to YYZ, the left main gear indicated unsafe. After a fly around and selecting gear down three times, a landing successfully attempted. It was determined that the left main gear uplock sensor’s plug had been disconnected.
The extended brother in the Airbus A320 family, the Airbus A321 is 23 feet longer than the A320 with the same wingspan and tail height. The A321 was introduced with Lufthansa in March of 1994 with nearly 1,500 built since 1992.
The Airbus A321 has a length of 45 metres or 146 feet with a wingspan of 36 metres or 118 feet. At the tail, the airplane stands 12 metres or 39 feet in height. Flight range for this aircraft is 5,590 kilometres.
As indicated by the special livery on this Airbus A321, Air Canada is a member of the Star Alliance. In fact, the airline is a founding member, along with Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Thai Airways and United Airlines. Now, there are 27 member airlines in the alliance.
Air Canada was founded in 1937 as Trans-Canada Air Lines. The name switched on January 1, 1965 and the airline is now headquartered at Air Canada Centre, on the grounds of Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport in Dorval, Quebec.