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Air Canada debuts Dreamliner interiors

Airline will take delivery of 37 Boeing 787 aircraft by the end of 2019


May 21, 2014
by PurchasingB2B Staff
Air Canada's new Economy cabin on the 787 Dreamliner. (CNW Group/Air Canada)

Air Canada’s new Economy cabin on the 787 Dreamliner. (CNW Group/Air Canada)

TORONTO—Air Canada today unveiled its new international interior product following the arrival in Toronto on May 18 of its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The airline will take delivery of 37 Boeing 787 aircraft by the end of 2019.
“We are very excited to debut today Air Canada’s completely re-designed seating and cabin amenities for international customers following the arrival of our first 787 Dreamliner,” said Ben Smith, executive vice-president and chief commercial officer. “As we continue to renew our international widebody fleet with the introduction of these next-generation, fuel efficient aircraft over the next five years, we look forward to offering our customers the very best in comfort and amenities.”

Air Canada’s first new route to be operated with the 787 Dreamliner will be Toronto-Tokyo/Haneda in July, the airline said. Following the conversion of the airline’s Toronto-Tel Aviv route to 787 Dreamliner service this summer, Air Canada will convert its Vancouver routes to Tokyo and Shanghai to 787 Dreamliner service over the 2014-2015 winter months. Plans for future deployment of the 787 Dreamliner will be announced at future dates as new aircraft enter service.

As the 787 aircraft are gradually introduced into the fleet, the airline will offer a preview of its new Dreamliner service on select domestic Canada and transatlantic flights on a temporary basis.
“The new interiors and seating on the 787 Dreamliner will become Air Canada’s new international standard,” Smith said. Air Canada also plans to begin conversion in late 2015 of 12 Boeing 777-300ER and six Boeing 777-200LR aircraft. Air Canada will also provide a premium economy cabin and refurbish the international business class cabin to the new Boeing 787 standards. The reconfiguration project wrap up in the second half of 2016, Smith said.

Air Canada said it will provide three cabins of service on board its Boeing 787 Dreamliners and converted 777 aircraft, highlighted by ergonomic seating that features 180-degree lie-flat seats in its international business class cabin. A choice of in-flight entertainment on enhanced definition seat back touch screens will be available for all customers along with power outlets and USB ports.

New cabin design

Highlights of Air Canada’s new International Business Class cabin on the 787 Dreamliner include 20 lie-flat executive pods with an adjustable pneumatic cushion system that can be extended into a fully flat sleeping position 80 inches in length. New features that enhance the airline’s award-winning international business cabin include:

  • An adjustable pneumatic cushion headrest offers a massage feature, unique for an airline in business class.
  • The personal entertainment screen with touch handset, at 18 inches, is the largest offered by a North American airline in business class. Universal power and USB outlets are available at each seat.
  • Air Canada will also introduce later in 2014 a new espresso and cappuccino service for international business class customers.
  • A 1-2-1 configuration guarantees direct aisle access with window views featuring the largest windows of any aircraft flying today.

Air Canada’s premium economy cabin on the 787 Dreamliner has 21 seats in a 2-3-2 configuration providing 38-inch legroom and 19.5-inch seat width and 7-inch recline.  Each seat is equipped with a 9- or 11-inch enhanced definition intuitive touch personal entertainment screen, as well as universal power and USB outlets. Air Canada’s premium economy cabin service, unique in North America, offers premium meals, complimentary bar service and priority check-in and baggage delivery at the airport.

Air Canada’s economy cabin has 210 slimline seats in a 3-3-3 configuration providing personal space consistent with the comfort of Air Canada’s current economy cabin. Each seat is equipped with a 9-inch enhanced definition intuitive touch personal entertainment screen with USB outlet and a universal power outlet available at arm’s reach.