It’s not uncommon to see airlines paint planes in special liveries, particularly retro liveries that commemorate the carrier’s past. A few weeks ago I posted about Air Canada’s beautiful new plane in a retro livery, and the airline has today officially unveiled it.
Air Canada’s special livery Airbus A220
Air Canada has just taken delivery of a brand new Airbus A220-300 that’s quite special. The A220 is the sharpest looking narrow body plane to begin with, and I think it looks especially sharp in Air Canada’s standard new livery, thanks to the A350-style cockpit finishes.
Well, Air Canada’s newest A220 (with the registration code C-GNBN) commemorates Trans-Canada Air Lines, the predecessor to Air Canada. Seriously, how cool-looking is this plane?!
People often don’t realize just how much work goes into painting an aircraft, so here are some fun facts:
- It took nine days to paint this A220
- 75 Airbus Canada employees from a variety of teams were involved in painting
- Four colors were used for the livery
- 350 liters of paint were used
Here’s an awesome video of the plane being painted:
What was Trans-Canada Air Lines?
For those of you who don’t know the history, Trans-Canada Air Lines was founded in 1937, and in 1965 it was renamed Air Canada. So this isn’t even the case of commemorating a takeover, or anything, but rather just a rebranding.
This isn’t the first time Air Canada painted a plane in the Trans-Canada Air Lines retro livery. The airline had painted an Airbus A319 (with the registration code C-FZUH) in the livery back in 1997, to celebrate its 60th anniversary. That plane was finally retired in January 2021 after 24 years of service, so it’s cool that just a couple of months later a new plane is emerging in this livery.
Photo credit: NEKskier
For context, since the Trans-Canada Air Lines brand ceased to exist over 55 years ago, below is what a DC-8 looked like at the airline back in 1964, shortly before the rebranding.
Photo credit: Ralf Manteufel
I’m not sure if it comes down to picture quality so many years ago or what, but the livery does look a bit different, and specifically the base paint coat seems to be white rather than silver. Frankly the modern interpretation looks much sharper, in my opinion.
Air Canada’s newest A220-300 will be in a retro livery to commemorate Trans-Canada Air Lines, which is what Air Canada was known as until 1965. I love the look of this jet — when you combine the sleekness of the A220 with this livery, it’s just one-of-a-kind.
Do you love this Air Canada A220 in the Trans-Canada Air Lines livery as much as I do?