Air Canada to retire its E-190s within eighteen months


Montreal - Air Canada plans to retire its 25 E-190 before starting to accept CS300 deliveries that are scheduled for late 2019.

We have made decisions to accelerate the removal of the E-190s from our mainline fleet. To do this we will retain the A319-100 aircraft a little bit longer than initially planned at the bridge to the deliveries of the Bombardier CSeries scheduled to commence in late 2019. The Airbus 319 aircraft typically has a lower CASM than the E-190,
said Mike Rousseau, Chief Financial Officer at Air Canada

The flag carrier of Canada plans to retire all Embraer Regional Jets in its fleet within the next eighteen months and aims to offer them for sale to potential buyers.

Our expectation is that we will sell them into the marketplace,
Air Canada's CEO Calin Rovinescu said.

The E-190 is currently the smallest aircraft type in Air Canada's regional fleet.

Besides the E-190, the North American carrier currently operates 38 A319-100s in its regional fleet, (nineteen of which are owned and sixteen leased). Air Canada has ordered 45 CS300 to replace its E-190s and grow its regional fleet.