Air Canada took delivery of its 100th Airbus at Le Bourget yesterday, as it added a Trent 700-powered A330-300 to its fleet.

The airline's chief executive officer Robert Milton praised the long-standing relationship between Air Canada and Airbus, saying: "Airbus aircraft continue to be winners for us from the perspective of economy, technology and comfort."

Canada's flag carrier and Air France remain the only two major airlines to operate an all-Airbus fleet, a fact which Airbus chief commercial officer Noel Forgeard lit upon when he asked Milton, with more than a hint of a smile: "You operate almost every aircraft in our fleet...except the A380. Maybe it's next?"

Canadian Transport Minister David Collenette, Airbus CEO Noel Forgeard, Air Canada CEO Robert Milton, Airbus president customer affairs, John Leahy, and Canadian Ambassador to France Raymond Chretien.

Source: Flight Daily News