An Air Canada Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft landed at Nanaimo Airport on Monday, April 17, the airline’s first such aircraft landing at the airport.
The plane landed safely at 3:07 p.m. after encountering a windshear warning on its first attempt to land. About 160 passengers, most of them students from Toronto who were on a school trip, were on the flight arriving from Vancouver.
According to the airport’s chief executive, Dave Devana, the plane marks the beginning of a new era for the airport.Being able to land large aircraft opens up the possibility of more international and trans-Canada flights departing from the airport
“this [plane] 190 passengers; the biggest we have now is about 140, so it’s more economical,” Devana said. A plane can land here. It is the gateway to the rest of the world. “
The airport plans to show other airlines the video of the 737 landing, hoping to find more opportunities for the airport to land larger planes on its runways.
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