Air Canada Joins Dreamliner Club

Air Canada has become the latest addition to the Dreamliner club this week with the delivery of its first Boeing 787-8 jet. Registered C-GHPQ, the composite aircraft touched down at the Star Alliance member’s Toronto base following a short delivery flight from Seattle with company employees onboard.

Offering 251 seats in a 3-class configuration, the Dreamliner debuts Air Canada’s new long-haul cabins announced in December 2013. Business Class comprises 20 flatbed seats in a 1-2-1 reverse herringbone configuration, while 21 Premium Economy seats are arranged in a 2-3-2 layout and 210 Economy Class seats in 3-3-3 rows. All seats will offer personal screens, on-demand inflight entertainment, power sockets and USB connectivity.

Air Canada will initially deploy the B787 on domestic routes between Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. The jet will then be rostered for international operations, with the first destinations being Tel Aviv and Tokyo (Haneda).

The airline has a further 36 Dreamliners on order, comprising 14 B787-8s and 22 of the larger B787-9s. These will form the backbone of its long-haul fleet as it begins to retire the older Boeing 767 fleet.

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