TORONTO — The latest and final aircraft type in the Air Canada (AC / ACA) fleet to receive the new red, black, and white livery introduced in February 2017 is the Airbus A319.

The first A319 airframe painted was C-GARG (msn 271) which returned from the paint shop in Roswell, NM to Toronto on November 22, 2018.

The introduction of the Boeing 737 MAX, which entered service at the end of 2017 (18 aircraft already in service) and the forthcoming addition of the Airbus A220-300 starting in January 2020, will gradually see the A319/A320 fleet diminish as they are returned to lessors or sold.

PHOTO: Chuyi Chuang.

This will take several years yet, so aircraft ready for scheduled refinishing will receive the new livery.  

The current Boeing 767-300ER and the Embraer 190 fleets will not be repainted, since they will soon be retired from the mainline fleet.

Six of the ERJ190 fleet have already been stored or disposed of, leaving 19 of the once 45-strong fleet. They will be completely retired by mid-2020.

Six 767-300s remain and will be gone from mainline service by the end of 2019. Air Canada rouge still operates 25 767-300s, most transferred from mainline.  

The only Air Canada express type which has not been resprayed is the deHavilland Canada / Bombardier dash-8-100 operated by jazz. These are scheduled to be in service until around 2024, but current plans indicate that none will be resprayed in the new livery. 

Air Canada Mainline Resprays

Most of the Air Canada aircraft types have had at least one of each fleet painted in the new 2017 livery.

The Boeing 787-8 (only C-GHPQ, fin 801) along with two Airbus A321s were resprayed for the official rollout of the new livery on February 9, 2017, in Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal.  

All of the A321s in the airline’s fleet are now painted.

Ten new Boeing 787-9s from Boeing’s Charleston South Carolina Dreamliner plant were delivered factory painted in the new livery starting with C-FRSR Fin 848 in May 2017.

The first two 787-9s delivered in the old livery have been resprayed—C-FNOE (fin 831) was completed May 15, 2018.  

The first Airbus A330-300 C-GFAF (fin 931) was painted at Dean Baldwin Painting at Grissom AFB, Indiana and delivered to Toronto on September 16, 2017.

The first Boeing 777 to receive the new livery, 777-200 C-FNNH (fin 706) was delivered from Dean Baldwin Painting to Toronto on November 19, 2017. Two others have been completed.  

All of the Boeing 737 MAX 8s delivered from the Renton factory starting on October 31 2017 were delivered in the new livery.

The first Boeing 777-300ER to receive the new livery was C-FITL (Fin 731), delivered to Toronto on January 25, 2018, from Victorville CA. Eight now wear the new livery.  

The first Airbus A320 to receive the new livery was C-FXCD (Fin 239), at Victorville, CA, delivered to Toronto on May 9 2018.  One other has been repainted. 

As of January 2019 the new livery application progress of the Air Canada mainline fleets is:

  • Airbus A319 1 of 16 in fleet. First C-GARG Fin 271 (3 operated by jetz charter division).
  • Airbus A320 2 of 42 in fleet. First C-FXCD Fin 239 May 2018.
  • Airbus A321 all 15 in fleet (one Star Alliance livery). First two February 2017 C-GJWI Fin 458, C-GJWO, Fin 460 unveiled at YVR/YUL respectively in February 2017 events. (One in Star Alliance Livery)
  • Airbus A330-300 1 of 8 in fleet. First C-GFAF Fin 931 October 2017, (One in Star Alliance livery)
  • Boeing 737 MAX 8 18 of 18 all factory painted. First C-FTJV Fin 501 October 2017.
  • Boeing 777-200ER 3 of 6 in fleet. First C-FNNH Fin 706 November 2017.
  • Boeing 777-300ER 8 of 19 in fleet. First C-FITL Fin 731 January 25 2018.
  • Boeing 787-8 1 of 8 in fleet. First C-GHPQ Fin 801 unveiled at YYZ in February 2017 for new livery event.
  • Boeing 787-9 12 of 27 in fleet. 10 factory painted in new livery at Charleston, First C-FRSR Fin 848 May 2017. 2 resprayed. First C-FNOE Fin 831 first respray completed May 15 2018.
  • Boeing 767-300ER, none of 5 in fleet. (pending retirement)
  • Embraer ERJ190, none of 19 in fleet. (pending retirement) 

Air Canada Express Resprays

The last five secondhand Embraer 175s for the Sky Regional Air Canada Express fleet all entered service in the new livery in starting in April 2017, painted by Premier Aviation at Trois Rivieres, QC.

The 15 original new ERJ175s and first 5 secondhand ERJ175s delivered in 2015 are in a respray program with Muskoka Aircraft Refinishing which commenced in January 2018.  

Three brand new CRJ900s for Air Canada express jazz entered service in the new livery starting in April 2017, painted at Muskoka Aircraft Refinishing.  

The older CRJ705s started respray in early 2018 with Premier Aviation, and all but one are now complete. Muskoka Aircraft Refinishing began respray programs for the jazz CRJ200 in November 2017 and the jazz Q400s in January 2018. The first jazz dash-8-300 was repainted in June 2018. 

None of the 15 jazz dash-8 100s have been repainted in the new livery, and due to retirement scheduled by 2024 none will be. Air Georgian’s Beech 1900 fleet was completely phased out and retired by Air Canada at the end of 2019 and none had been resprayed. 

It should be noted that the Air Canada Express branding has changed slightly to black all upper case ‘EXPRESS’ titles from the earlier lowercase grey version, starting with the CRJ200s in November 2017. Sky Regional ERJ175s and CRJ900s painted earlier have had the express titles changed to the new uppercase style. 

Air Canada Express Fleet:

  • Embraer ERJ175 Sky Regional 15 of 25 in fleet. First C-FRQN Fin 393 April 2017. 
  • Bombardier CRJ900 jazz 20 of 21 in fleet. First C-GJZV Fin 721 April 2017
  • Bombardier CRJ200 jazz 4 of 10 in fleet. First C-FEJA Fin 163 November 2017 (remaining 6 will not be resprayed with jazz)
  • Bombardier CRJ100 Air Georgian 14 in fleet, none repainted. 
  • Bombardier Q400 jazz 14 of 44 in fleet. First C-GGOY Fin 401 January 2018.
  • Bombardier dash-8-300 jazz 1 of 25 in fleet. First C-FRUZ Fin 327 June 2018.
  • Bombardier dash-8 100 jazz, none, 15 in fleet. (pending retirement). 
  • Beech 1900 Air Georgian, none. (fleet retired)