Air Canada reveals world’s first retro Airbus A220 livery

The narrowbody is the first example of the type to receive the retrojet treatment

Air Canada has unveiled a retro livery for its latest undelivered Airbus A220, marking the first time a historic paint scheme has been applied to the type by any airline.

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The jet, C-GNBN (c/n 55112) is wearing a Trans-Canada Air Lines design, which the airline says “proudly recognises our heritage”.

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The yet to be delivered A220-300 is set to join the flag carrier’s growing fleet of the type “soon” and will be the 17th example.

The striking scheme features an all-grey base layer with a red and white cheatline which extends along the full length of the fuselage.

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On the tail, there is a rounded yellow logo featuring a red Canadian maple leaf and a yellow Speedbird symbol.

The aircraft was painted at Airbus’ Mirabel facility in Quebec, Canada.

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This is not the first time Air Canada has adorned one of its jets with this retro livery. In 1997 – to celebrate its 60th anniversary – the flag carrier painted an A319 in a similar scheme.

The narrowbody, C-FZUH (c/n 711) wore the livery in service for 24 years until it was stored at Kansas City International last month.

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Photo Wikimedia Commons/Maarten Visser

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