Air Canada will retire its first Airbus A320 on April 6. This 30-year-old aircraft first arrived in 1990 and has left the airline’s fleet to retire at Pinal Airpark in Arizona.
Air Canada sends its first A320 to Arizona
Based on Planespotters C-FDQQ is the first Airbus A320 from Air Canada. The airframe arrived in the aircraft carrier fleet 30 years ago in 1990. In 990, Air Canada received three A320 aircraft. The two planes were sent in November 1990.
C-FDQQ departs from Montreal (YUL) for the last time on April 6 and flies west to Pinal Airpark (MZJ) in Arizona. Unfortunately, Pinal Airpark is not a sunny retirement village for aircraft. Older planes are often thrown away so that spare parts never fly again.
Older aircraft can reduce airline efficiency. They need more maintenance and are not reliable or new aircraft are fuel efficient.
– Chris Geraghty (@ChrisCGeraghty) April 6, 2020
The weather in Arizona is better for saving planes. A dry environment means less physical pressure on the aircraft. This helps preserve the aircraft. Not too long before this retirement, Air Canada too fly a Boeing 737 MAX to storage there. Although, unlike this aircraft, the 737 MAX will return to function.
Air Canada still has other Airbus A320 aircraft in its fleet. Although, this plane is getting old. Most of these aircraft were delivered in the early 1990s with other batches in the early 2000s. At the age of 20-30 years, this aircraft reaches the end of its commercial life.
The new aircraft is far more fuel efficient and requires less maintenance. To replace A320, Air Canada has 737 MAX ordered as well as a number of A220s. Although not a perfect replacement in size, this aircraft offers much better fuel savings for aircraft carriers.
Given the current state of the aviation world, it makes sense for Air Canada to retire older aircraft. Not only does the airline not need the current capacity, but given the amount of maintenance that this old aircraft needs, it’s better for the airline to cut costs.
Given the current global downturn in air travel, airlines are accelerating older aircraft retirees. Capacity is no longer needed and the maintenance costs for the aircraft does not support current losses.
For now, the first Airbus A320 for Air Canada will retire in the Arizona desert. The aircraft flew for 30 years under the banner of Air Canada and carried a number of passengers.
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Simple Flying reaches Air Canada to comment. However, the airline was not immediately available. This article will be updated.