Air Canada has unveiled a new international cabin design and new seating, to be introduced on its Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet.
The airline will take delivery in the spring of 2014 of the first of the 37 Boeing 787 widebodies it has on firm order.
Air Canada will provide three cabins of service on board its Boeing 787s. The 787 interiors will have a new decor and ergonomic seating, which will include 180-degree lie-flat seats in its International Business Class cabin.
An extensive choice of in-flight entertainment on enhanced-definition seatback touch screens will be available to all passengers, along with power outlets and USB ports.
Beginning in July 2014, the first Air Canada route to be operated with Boeing 787s with the new cabin interior and amenities will be the carrier’s Toronto-Tel Aviv route. Seats are now available for booking.
As the first three 787 aircraft are 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,” says Ben Smith, Air Canada’s executive vice president and chief commercial officer.
Adds 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.”
With the introduction of the 787, Air Canada is unveiling a new cabin design in a palette of slate-gray 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 ‒ are designed to provide passengers with an exceptional travel experience, according to Air Canada.
The new International Business Class cabin in each Air Canada 787 will have 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 include:
● An adjustable pneumatic cushion headrest offers a massage feature, which Air Canada claims is unique for an airline in business class;
● The in-flight entertainment screen with touch handset, at 18 inches, will be the largest offered by a North American airline in business class, according to Air Canada. Universal power and USB outlets are available at each seat;
● A new espresso and cappuccino service for International Business Class customers, featuring Lavazza coffee freshly brewed onboard; and
● A 1-2-1 configuration guaranteeing 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, 19.5-inch seat width and 7-inch recline. Each seat is equipped with a 9- or 11-inch enhanced-definition, intuitive touch in-flight entertainment screen, as well as universal power and USB outlets.
The airline’s Premium Economy cabin service 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 Economy seat is equipped with a 9-inch enhanced-definition intuitive touch in-flight entertainment screen with USB outlet and a universal power outlet available at arm’s reach.
Air Canada will take delivery of the first of 15 Boeing 787-8s in spring 2014. Delivery of the first of 22 Boeing 787-9 aircraft to the airline is planned for July 2015.
Delivery of all 37 Boeing 787s is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2019.
As Air Canada takes delivery of new widebody aircraft for its mainline fleet, Boeing 767-300ERs and Airbus A319s currently in its mainline fleet will be transferred to its leisure-carrier subsidiary, Air Canada rouge.