MONTREAL, QUEBECAir Canada reverses its decision to cancel 12 A220 jets that were previously ordered. The airline will add those planes to its fleet after all.

In November 2020, the Canadian flag carrier had announced that it dropped its order for 12 Airbus A220 jets. 2020 was the year of severe closures due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 2022 raised the hopes of the airline industry to reach the pre-pandemic levels in air travel in the coming months.

“We plan to add 12 more A220s to the fleet. These are the 12 aircraft that we had previously determined that we would not be purchasing” Air Canada chief financial officer Amos Kazzaz said.

According to the new plan, Air Canada will receive six A220 jets in 2024, and the remaining six in 2025.

Air Canada currently operates 27 A220-300s already and expects to add 18 aircraft more of the same type. The carrier had placed an order in June 2016 for 45 A220s.