Air Canada is retiring its last Embraer E190 jets

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Air Canada is in the process of retiring its remaining Embraer E190 fleet.

The Canadian flag carrier sold the first five E190 earlier this year and plans to gradually retire the aircraft type until the last one leaves its fleet in early to mid 2020. In February, reports suggested that Air Canada will sort out its E190s until Q3 2019.

BeauTech Power Systems, a leasing company for aircraft engines, will purchase the 25 airplanes after an agreement with Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC).

Air Canada currently operates 20 remaining E190s, which have an average age of around eleven years. The Embraer fleet will mostly be replaced by the 45 Canadian-built Airbus A220-300 (formerly Bombardier CS300) it has on order, with the first one arriving in late 2019.

Originally, the airline operated a total of 45 Embraer E190. The first 20 airplanes were sold to Boeing Capital Corporation (BCC), after Air Canada had ordered 61 Boeing 737 MAX in 2013 to replace its fleet of A320 family aircraft.

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