Toronto - On November 1st, Air Canada took delivery of the first of 61 Boeing 737 MAX 8 ordered. The new member of the Air Canada fleet arrived at the Kelowna International Airport, British Columbia.

The Star Alliance member company will use its first MAX 8 initially on domestic routes.

Wearing the new livery with a black mask around the windows of the cockpit, the first 737 MAX 8 of the Canadian national airline left the Boeing facilities on November 1, 2017, for a flight of 54 minutes. Like the other 48 737 MAX 8 expected, it is configured to accommodate 16 passengers in Business class and 153 in Economy. Apart from 737 MAX 8, Air Canada has also ordered twelve 737 MAX 9 by placing 12 options and 30 purchase rights. A second MAX 8 is expected to join the fleet by the end of the year. Boeing's revamped single-aisle aircraft will gradually replace the Airbus A320 and 321 aircraft in the Canadian carrier's fleet.

The Star Alliance member company will use its first MAX 8 initially on domestic routes. Its appearance on the transatlantic network is yet announced in May between St. John's, Newfoundland, and London Heathrow on a daily flight operated today by A319. Air Canada had already announced the rollout of its 737 MAX 8s from June 1, 2018, on its two new routes to Ireland, between Montreal and Dublin on the one hand and between Toronto and Shannon on the other.

Air Canada also placed an order on June 2016 for 45 Bombardier CS300 plus 30 options, with deliveries starting in December 2019.