MONTREAL, Dec. 4, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada is premiering its brand
new international cabin design and seating that the airline will
feature on its Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet. Visit 787.aircanada.com for full details and a virtual tour of the aircraft and new cabin amenities. The airline will take delivery
of the first of 37 Boeing 787 aircraft in the spring of 2014.
"We are very excited to introduce completely re-designed seating and
cabin amenities that will offer Air Canada customers the very best in
comfort and contemporary design," said Ben Smith, Executive Vice
President and Chief Commercial Officer. "With the arrival next spring
of our first Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Air Canada continues to renew its
international widebody fleet with the next generation of modern and
fuel efficient aircraft. As North America's Best Airline, we look
forward to taking delivery of our first 787 Dreamliner and continuing
to raise the bar in customer comfort."
Air Canada will provide three cabins of service on board its Boeing 787
Dreamliners highlighted by a brand new contemporary decor and
comfortable ergonomic seating that features 180-degree lie-flat seats
in its International Business Class cabin. An extensive choice of
in-flight entertainment on enhanced definition seat back touch screens
will be available for all customers along with power outlets and USB
Beginning in July 2014, the first Air Canada route to be operated with
787 Dreamliner aircraft featuring the new cabin interior and amenities
will be the carrier's Toronto-Tel Aviv route. Seats are now available
As the first three 787 aircraft are gradually introduced into the Air
Canada fleet in the spring of 2014, the airline will offer a preview of
its new Dreamliner service on select domestic Canada and transatlantic
flights on a temporary basis.
"The introduction of Boeing 787-8 and 787-9 aircraft featuring our new
onboard product is a key component of Air Canada's international
expansion plans," continues Mr. Smith. "The fuel efficient Boeing 787
aircraft will open up opportunities for Air Canada to serve new
international destinations, and convert existing routes to Dreamliner
service, as we continue to renew our fleet and develop Toronto Pearson
into a preferred North American gateway and truly global airline hub."
Contemporary New Cabin Design
With the introduction of the 787 Dreamliner into its widebody fleet, Air
Canada is unveiling a contemporary, sophisticated cabin design in a
palette of slate grey and neutral tones with accents of Canadian red
and celeste blue.
The interior decor, cabin architecture and seating in all three cabins -
International Business Class, Premium Economy and Economy - have been
designed to provide customers with an exceptional travel experience.
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
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 is also debuting a new espresso and cappuccino service for
International Business Class customers featuring Lavazza coffee freshly
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 generous 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.
Boeing 787 Dreamliner: A New Generation in Comfort and Fuel Efficiency
Boeing is the world's first major airliner to use composite materials in
the construction of its airframe, allowing for significant fuel
efficiencies, a more economical long flying range and an enhanced
passenger experience with less impact on the environment. Air Canada is
the only Canadian carrier to order this new generation aircraft.
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is 20 per cent more fuel efficient than the
Boeing 767 aircraft it will replace.
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner provides passengers with an unparalleled
A quieter, smoother flight, lower cabin pressure, higher humidity levels
and ambient mood lighting contribute to a more rested feeling upon
Windows are 30 per cent larger than those on most similarly sized
airplanes and feature an electrochromatic electronic dimming system;
A more spacious interior cabin design featuring larger overhead bins;
Cleaner air continuously circulating through an advanced filtration
Air Canada will take delivery of the first of 15 787-8 aircraft in
spring 2014. The first delivery of 22 larger capacity 787-9 aircraft is
planned for July 2015. All 37 Boeing 787 aircraft are scheduled to be
delivered by the end of 2019.
As Air Canada takes delivery of new widebody aircraft for its mainline
fleet, current Boeing 767 and Airbus A319 aircraft will be transferred
to its leisure carrier subsidiary, Air Canada rouge.
Air Canada is Canada's largest domestic and international airline
serving more than 175 destinations on five continents. Canada's flag
carrier is among the 20 largest airlines in the world and in 2012
served close to 35 million customers. Air Canada provides scheduled
passenger service directly to 60 Canadian cities, 49 destinations in
the United States and 67 cities in Europe, the Middle East, Asia,
Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico and South America. Air Canada is a
founding member of Star Alliance, the world's most comprehensive air
transportation network serving 1,328 destinations in 195 countries. Air
Canada is the only international network carrier in North America to
receive a Four-Star ranking according to independent U.K. research firm
Skytrax that ranked Air Canada in a worldwide survey of more than 18
million airline passengers as Best Airline in North America in 2013 for
the fourth consecutive year. For more information, please visit: www.aircanada.com.
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Image with caption: "Executive Pod (CNW Group/Air Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131204_C7424_PHOTO_EN_34318.jpg
Image with caption: "Executive Pod entertainment (CNW Group/Air Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131204_C7424_PHOTO_EN_34324.jpg
Image with caption: "Premium Economy seat (CNW Group/Air Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131204_C7424_PHOTO_EN_34326.jpg
Image with caption: "Economy seat (CNW Group/Air Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131204_C7424_PHOTO_EN_34328.jpg
Image with caption: "Boeing Dreamliner 787-8 (CNW Group/Air Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131204_C7424_PHOTO_EN_34320.jpg
Image with caption: "Boeing Dreamliner 787-8 (CNW Group/Air Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131204_C7424_PHOTO_EN_34322.jpg
SOURCE: Air Canada
For further information:
Isabelle Arthur (Montréal) 514 422-5788
Peter Fitzpatrick (Toronto) 416 263-5576
Angela Mah (Vancouver) 604 270-5741
Internet : aircanada.com