Canadian airline says it will soon get new passenger jet in the air out of Pearson Airport in Mississauga

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Published April 12, 2023 at 12:30 pm

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A new low-cost Canadian airline based at Pearson Airport in Mississauga is expected to put a new aircraft into the sky by July.

Canada Jetlines, which operated its first-ever flight last Sept. 22 from Pearson to Calgary, is adding a third Airbus A320 to its fleet.

The fledgling carrier’s second Airbus took off from the tarmac last Nov. 30 and the airline reportedly this week has signed a letter of intent to attain a third such aircraft.

The new Airbus A320, which seats as many as 174 passengers, would be leased from aircraft lessor Global Aviation, according to U.S.-based Business Wire.

Canada Jetlines CEO Eddy Doyle said the third Airbus “will help support our existing customers and continue the company’s growth plans.”

In late March, the company announced it was in discussions with Qatar Airways Group “to explore a potential collaboration between the two airlines.”

Such a partnership would jet people nonstop from Pearson to Qatar, from where travellers can access connecting flights to the Middle East, Africa and across Asia.

The new Canadian leisure carrier also began service to Vancouver last December and Las Vegas in February as it continues to grow.

It took almost 10 years, but Canada Jetlines finally got its inaugural flight off the ground at Pearson last Sept. 22. The carrier initially formed in 2013, but it had trouble getting planes into the air until 2022.

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