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Montreal, Canada - Air Canada said goodbye to its very first Airbus A320 last month, which flew under the Canadian carrier's colors for 30 years.

The plane with registration C-FDQQ was the first A320 jet to join the Air Canada's fleet and 59th aircraft (MSN 59) of the same type produced by Airbus. The European planemaker had delivered the aircraft to the Canadian flag carrier on January 19, 1990.

It was originally intended for Ansett, but headed Canada when the Australian carrier canceled the order.

C-FDQQ made its last commercial flight as AC426 from Toronto to Montreal on March 31st. The A320 arrived at the Pinal Airpark airplane Boneyard after a five hour and 16 minute flight.

During its three decades with Air Canada, four minor incidents are noted in the log of the C-FDQQ. The first one was a hydraulic leak on September 15, 2012, on the way from Toronto to Vancouver. This was followed by a problem with a landing gear flap in May 2013 and a drop in pressure in the cabin during a flight from Los Angeles to Vancouver on September 29, 2016. The last one was a hydraulic leak again on August 1st, 2017, on the way to Montreal.

Air Canada now has 34 A320ceos in the fleet. A large part of them was delivered in the first half of the 1990s and will be phased out over time. Air Canada will replace its A320s with the A220-300s, of which the airline has ordered 45 copies.
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