Air Canada has officially announced that it has placed a major order with Bombardier for the purchase of up to 75 C300 series aircraft designed to entirely replace its Airbus A319 and Embraer E90 fleet. The order breakdown is for 45 firm units + 30 options and they all can be exchanged for the smaller C100 series if required.
AC stated the following key point in its decision making for choosing this aircraft type versus the A319 it is replacing:
"The entry of the C Series into our fleet is expected to yield significant cost savings. We have estimated that the projected fuel burn and maintenance cost savings (on a per seat basis) of greater than 15 per cent should generate an estimated CASM reduction of approximately 10 per cent, when compared to the aircraft it will replace".