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Air Canada A220 Training

 
‎Today, ‎November ‎11, ‎2019, ‏‎1 hour ago | Canadian Aviation News

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Every A220 pilot undergoes months of training on sophisticated simulator

October 2019

Every A220 pilot undergoes months of training on sophisticated simulator

Months before our new, modern Airbus A220-300 aircraft takes to the skies, dozens of pilots are immersed in training to prepare them to take the controls when we welcome our first A220-300 to the Air Canada fleet later this year.

Each pilot undergoes hours of training in classrooms and simulators, recreating a variety of situations so that when the time comes to accelerate down the runway toward V1, they are well versed in everything the A220-300 is capable of.

Simulator training is nothing new for pilots, who must continuously spend hours in these sophisticated training tools every six months to maintain their license to operate a particular aircraft.

And introducing an entire new aircraft to Air Canada’s fleet also represents a major undertaking that requires teamwork and input from every department within the company.

“Within flight operations, we’ve got multiple groups from training within the fleet itself dealing with the change, the rapid changing of the documentation from the manufacturer. We also are in communication with other departments within Air Canada such as maintenance, in-flight, cargo, ground operations, ensuring that everybody is on the same page throughout the introduction so that at entry into service goes smoothly,” said Rob Latter, Chief Pilot for the A220 at Air Canada.

Working out of our simulator facility near Toronto’s Pearson Airport, each pilot undergoes weeks of training that begins with four days of classroom sessions, where pilots have a desktop simulator on a computer to allow them to familiarize themselves with the flight deck.

After that, there are nine sessions of four hours each on what is known as an Integrated Procedures Trainer (IPT), which is a scaled down model of the full simulator. And for the A220, Air Canada is one of the only airlines to have opted to equip its IPT with a fully functional console between the Captain’s and First Officer’s seats, allowing for the pilots to train on the actual equipment and build up muscle memory. Training options that replace the fully functional piece with touchscreens don’t produce the same results.

Once they have completed this phase, pilots then undergo 11 sessions of four hours in the sophisticated A220-300 simulator, which replicates with stunning reality the flying capabilities of the aircraft.

Simulator sessions include taking off and landing at different airports, enabling pilots to manage the aircraft while encountering a multitude of weather conditions as well as a range of situations that can arise while operating a flight.

Robert Birch was one of the first pilots at Air Canada to go through A220 training and as a check pilot he helps certify the next group of pilots to be qualified on this aircraft.

“My initial impression of the flight deck is how spacious and roomy it is. How cleanly designed it is. It was obviously designed with the pilot in mind. I think it is going to be a really comfortable work space,” Birch said. “The best part of flying the A220 in the simulator so far is that the level of automation is very high. It’s got a great system of displays where you can customize them to your use and what your preferences are.”

Before the A220, Birch was a captain on the Airbus A320.

“The biggest difference for me on this is that this has a geared engine. That has made it much more fuel efficient,” Birch said.

Asif Khattak is also a check pilot for the A220 program and he too was impressed by the flight deck’s spaciousness.

“For a narrow body, it’s got a lot of room. It’s really nicely laid out. The overhead panel is very clean and the display units offer a great amount of visibility. The side windows on the aircraft are huge, as well as the front looking out. So, the visibility in the aircraft is fantastic.”

The automation and display screens on the aircraft make a pilot’s job much easier.

“It allows you to customize it from your own perspective of how you want to manage the flight deck. It’s also got a heads-up display unit which offers you a lot of situational awareness as well. From that perspective, I really enjoy the airplane,” Khattak said.

He also believes passengers will really love the A220-300.

“I think they will be pleasantly surprised when they come on board this aircraft. It’s got a feel of a widebody aircraft when you walk through the cabin. The windows are quite big, they can adjust the lighting as well, the overhead bins offer a lot of space. And I think the 3-2 layout that we are going to have in this cabin is a little different than perhaps they are used to on other narrow body aircraft. So it gives you the feeling that you are in a very big aircraft, or a widebody aircraft, but you are still in a narrow body plane,” Khattak said.

“One of the unique features of this aircraft is the economy cabin. It’s got a 3-2 configuration, so very few middle seats. And fewer middle seats makes for great comfort for passengers,” Birch said.

The fact the Airbus A220-300 was conceived and designed by a Canadian company and is built in Canada is a source of pride for all three pilots.

“The fact that it is a Canadian aircraft means a lot to anyone working at Air Canada,” Latter said.

“The most exciting thing about the A220 for me is that it’s a Canadian built and designed aircraft, built from scratch as a new airplane. I think it’s going to be great once we get it in the air,” Birch said.

“I am excited to get into an aircraft that is built by a Canadian company. Bombardier built this aircraft, they did a lot of research and design into this aircraft. They have a lot of experience building this airplane. So just excited to get into the airplane and get a feel for it in the air and how it handles,” Khattak said.

And the feedback from Birch, Khattak and other pilots who will go through the first rounds of training will help ensure a smooth transition for all of them.

“The feedback from our initial pilot group that started their training – the ones that have completed it and still in training – are very positive,” Latter said. “With the aircraft itself, I’ve heard that the pilots love the technology level, the spaciousness of the cabin, the cleanness of the panels. It allows us to make the SOPs (standard operation procedures) flow very nicely from their perspective.”

Fast Facts

  • Number of aircraft ordered: 45
  • Seating: 12 business class, 125 economy class
  • Range: 3,200 nautical miles
  • Average of 20 per cent less fuel consumption per seat compared to similar aircraft
  • Noise footprint area up to 50% smaller than previous generation aircraft
  • First new routes announced: Montreal-Seattle, Toronto-San Jose, California
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https://simpleflying.com/air-canada-airbus-a220-repaint

Last week Air Canada’s stunning new Airbus A220 livery was revealed. However, it has already been repainted due to an issue with the original paint job. The airline’s logo was incorrectly applied to the tail.

The Air Canada logo consists of a red maple leaf surrounded by a red circle. However, the red circle is not complete, with a break at the base of the maple leaf. Despite being paid an awful lot for the new aircraft, it seems that Airbus Canada had mistakenly applied the Air Canada logo to the aircraft back to front.

How was the mistake made?

While vinyl wraps can be applied to aircraft, such as this Boeing 787, aircraft are typically painted in layers. Usually base colors are painted onto the aircraft first, with more intricate details painted on top. Stencils can be used to complete details such as an airline’s name.

The tails of aircraft are, however, sometimes supplied to the final assembly line already painted. Here’s why that sometimes happens. However, Airbus A220 aircraft are assembled with the tails unpainted. As such, it is down to the painters to apply the airline’s livery to the entire aircraft in the paint shop.

What happened?

While applying the Air Canada logo to the tail, Airbus’ painters made a subtle error. The logo was painted back to front. The error was much more subtle than when “Cathay Paciic” was painted onto the side of a Boeing 777. In fact, until it was pointed out by readers, Simple Flying didn’t spot the error.

Unlike some tails, the logo painted on the Air Canada tail is almost symmetrical. The only difference is where the maple leaf attaches to the circle surrounding it. It only attaches to one side of the circle. Unfortunately, the aircraft’s painters chose the wrong side.

Seemingly the error was so subtle that even Airbus’ press department didn’t realize. In fact, photos of the mistake were proudly published with a press release, before the mistake was spotted by those outside Airbus.

Already fixed

Thankfully, Airbus has already taken steps to repaint the aircraft for Air Canada, this time with the correct logo applied. An Airbus Canada representative told Simple Flying:

“Certain elements of one rondelle were executed incorrectly in painting the tail of Air Canada’s first A220 and this has already been rectified. There is no impact on the aircraft delivery schedule.”

Edited by moeman

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This is a sticker on my (now retired) tool box I just took...

Not the first time this kind of scenario has occurred. 😎

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Yup, and not too many people caught that error as well. I had only been at CP for a few months  when I asked a "brass hat" what the logo signified other than the bilingual issue. I was told that the chevron was supposed to always point FORWARD to indicate the airline was GOING FORWARD. Even the  mobile ground equipment" had the chevron on them and it was adjusted on each side of the vehicles, as per the aircraft  to be always pointing forward...but I saw a few vehicles that had the name/logo  on incorrectly.....😣

Trivia.......I was down in the "southern " USA and as me and my crew walked off the tarmac we were approached   by a "y'all" ground service person  and he asked what "Forces Armees Canadiennes" meant on the one side of our C-130. Before I could answer the grizzled old  FE said.... "Door on other side"..:Grin-Nod:

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The following flights will be operated by Omni Air International on behalf of Air Canada until April 19, 2020

New Flight Number Previous Flight Number From To Effective Dates
AC2411 AC519 Vancouver Honolulu Until April 19, 2020
AC2410 AC518 Honolulu Vancouver Until April 19, 2020
AC2413 AC537 Vancouver Kahului/Maui Until April 19, 2020
AC2412 AC536 Kahului/Maui Vancouver Until April 19, 2020
AC2414 AC1054 Vancouver Phoenix December 14, 2019 to April 19, 2020
AC2415 AC1055 Phoenix Vancouver December 14, 2019 to April 19, 2020

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Well done Air Canada and their partners. Youth team left YLW to YYC (change of gauge) to FRA and then a transfer to LH into Finland. Despite the Plane change in YYC and FRA, their hockey gear arrived with them in Helsinki. Great handling/service all the way.  

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AC should stop placing bets on the “MAX Lottery” and instead come up with a NB fleet plan based on Airbus 220/320NEO/321NEO. That would leave AC well fleeted in to the 2030’s.

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6 hours ago, rudder said:

AC should stop placing bets on the “MAX Lottery” and instead come up with a NB fleet plan based on Airbus 220/320NEO/321NEO. That would leave AC well fleeted in to the 2030’s.

I wonder if that is even an option.

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Air Canada Named One of Canada's Top 100 Employers for the Seventh Consecutive Year Français


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Nov 22, 2019, 09:00 ET


  • Award reflects ongoing engaged and energized workforce proud to #FlyTheFlag

MONTREAL, Nov. 22, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada today was named one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2020) for the seventh consecutive year in an annual national employer survey by Mediacorp Canada Inc.

 
Air Canada today was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers (2020) for the seventh consecutive year in an annual national employer survey. (CNW Group/Air Canada)
Air Canada today was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers (2020) for the seventh consecutive year in an annual national employer survey. (CNW Group/Air Canada)

 

"We are honoured to be ranked again as one of Canada's top employers. This recognition for the seventh straight year validates our work making culture and employee engagement one of our core focuses. Our company culture which fosters an engaged workforce has become a true competitive advantage, and we are very proud of Air Canada's more than 33,000 dedicated employees who deliver excellent service safely to the 51 million customers we carry each year," said Arielle Meloul-Wechsler, Senior Vice President, People, Culture and Communications, at Air Canada.

 

Air Canada's Top 100 Award

The Canada's Top 100 Employers competition recognizes employers with exceptional human resources programs and forward-thinking workplace policies. Starting with an initial list of more than 90,000 employers, Mediacorp graded those selected on eight criteria, which have remained constant since the project's inception: Physical Workplace; Work Atmosphere & Social; Health, Financial & Family Benefits; Vacation & Time-Off; Employee Communications; Performance Management; Training & Skills Development; and Community Involvement.

Mediacorp cited several unique employee support and engagement programs at Air Canada. These include: state-of-the-art training facilities; programs to promote health, fitness and wellness; generous benefits and perks for employees and their families and a consultative approach to workplace developments, such as recent head office renovations where Air Canada sought employee feedback on everything from storage space design to the final décor.

Working at Air Canada

Air Canada's reputation as one of Canada's Top 100 employers has made the airline a destination of choice for people seeking a challenging career. It receives 194,000 visits each month to the employment page of its website and on average there are 362 applicants per position for each vacancy filled. In 2018 alone, Air Canada hired more than 6,500 people.

Selection Process

Employers are evaluated by the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers using eight criteria, which have remained consistent since the project’s inception: (1) Physical Workplace; (2) Work Atmosphere & Social; (3) Health, Financial & Family Benefits; (4) Vacation & Time Off; (5) Employee Communications; (6) Performance Management; (7) Training & Skills Development; and (8) Community Involvement. Employers are compared to other organizations in their field to determine which offers the most progressive and forward-thinking programs.

2020 Winners

Here are the 2020 winners of the Canada's Top 100 Employers competition. Click an employer name to read our editors' full Reasons for Selection:

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Another award for AirCanada.  

Air Canada Named 2019 Airline of The Year by Global Traveler

 
‎Today, ‎December ‎2, ‎2019, ‏‎56 minutes ago | Canadian Aviation News

Provided by Air Canada/CNW

MONTREAL, Dec. 2, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada has been recognized as the 2019 Airline of the Year by Global Traveler, the leading magazine for luxury business and leisure travellers.

Air Canada has been recognized as the 2019 Airline of the Year by Global Traveler, the leading magazine for luxury business and leisure travellers. (CNW Group/Air Canada) Air Canada has been recognized as the 2019 Airline of the Year by Global Traveler, the leading magazine for luxury business and leisure travellers. (CNW Group/Air Canada)

“I am very pleased that Air Canada has been named the 2019 Airline of The Year by Global Traveler. The success we have had transforming our airline into a leading global carrier is being recognized worldwide and we continue to invest in new aircraft, onboard services, airport amenities and a new Loyalty program to build on our leading position. Mostly, however, this award recognizes the hard work of our employees and their commitment to deliver customer service excellence every day, for which I thank them,” said Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive of Air Canada.

Global Traveler’s staff submitted nominations to an advisory board, whose members chose the winners based on a series of factors after thorough research. The panel weighed the nominees’ financial data, safety records, product offerings, onboard menus and overall image as a brand before selecting Air Canada as Airline of The Year.

Since 2010, Air Canada has embarked on a $12 Billion capital expenditure program to elevate the travel experience which has included:

  • An expanded global network connecting over its Canadian gateway hubs to nearly 220 cities in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, and North and South America. Air Canada is one of only a few airlines in the world to serve all six inhabited continents;
  • A wide body fleet renewal program that introduced Boeing 777s and state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliners and that includes a significant refurbishment of the A330 fleet to the Dream cabin;
  • A narrow body fleet renewal which continues this month with the delivery of the airline’s first Airbus A220-300 aircraft;
  • Best in class cabin interiors across its wide-body fleet, featuring lie-flat direct aisle access Signature Class seats and a Premium Economy cabin offering increased pitch and width;
  • Signature Class Service internationally and year-round on select North America transcontinental flights including between Toronto and Vancouver, San Francisco, and Los Angeles; Montreal and Vancouver; and Vancouver and New York (Newark). Signature Class features an end-to-end premium travel experience with exclusive services and amenities;
  • BMW Chauffeur Service for select customers connecting to international flights at the Toronto global hub;
  • New international, domestic and U.S. Maple Leaf Lounge concepts, including the Air Canada Signature Suite for eligible customers travelling in Signature Class internationally from the Toronto Pearson global hub, featuring a la carte dining with a menu created by celebrated Canadian Chef David Hawksworth; and the Air Canada Café, a first in North America, where eligible customers departing on a domestic flight from Toronto-Pearson can enjoy a premium coffee shop experience with grab and go snacks.
  • Enhanced onboard amenities such as signature dishes prepared by Canadian celebrity chefs David Hawksworth, Antonio Park and Vikram Vij, coupled with wine pairings by world-renowned sommelier Veronique Rivest; a revamped Skyriders program with special amenities for the youngest travellers and families; in-flight Wi-fi connectivity on all narrow-body aircraft, and progressive implementation onboard the wide-body fleet, complementing Air Canada’s personal seatback in-flight entertainment system, which offers more than 1,000 hours of free digital audio-visual content.
  • Ongoing customer service training initiatives for customer-facing in-flight, airport, baggage and call centre employees;
  • Technological innovations to facilitate customer interactions, including a new website compatible with all types of devices for a consistent experience, ongoing refinements of mobile technology, and increased investments in artificial intelligence to further develop customer-focused capabilities and information management;

This win builds on other recent accolades such as being named Best Airline in North America for the third consecutive year at the 2019 Skytrax World Airline Awards, as well as the Best Airline for Family Travel by the Wherever Awards and the Favourite Airline for Millennial Travellers by the Trazee Awards. Air Canada was also named one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers (2020) for the seventh consecutive year and was recognized for Diversity in Leadership at the 2019 Airline Strategy Awards.

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