Air Canada has taken delivery of a new Boeing 777-300ER sporting a specially designed livery in recognition of the carrier’s role as Official Airline of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. With the delivery of fin 742, Air Canada’s 18th Boeing 777, the airline completes a fleet-wide renewal program that gives it a fleet with an average age of nine years.
At a ceremony in Vancouver to receive the new aircraft, the airline and its partners, Air Canada said it would add non-stop service from Vancouver to Frankfurt, Paris, Geneva and Zurich to its year-round non-stop London service to meet increased travel demand on peak days during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games.
Air Canada’s Vancouver 2010-themed aircraft carries a 53-metre-long bold graphic design to publicize the 2010 Winter Games at major airports in Canada and throughout the airline’s network. Air Canada will operate the 349-seat Boeing 777-300ER to key European and Asian destinations such as London, Paris, Frankfurt, Tokyo, Beijing and Hong Kong from July 16.
The images depicted on the aircraft embody the Vancouver 2010 Look of the Games, which includes a fusion of Canada’s natural, urban and cultural elements and features colors and shapes representing ocean, forest, mountains and sky. The plane’s sport illustrations include snowboard parallel giant slalom, ice hockey and cross-country skiing on one side, and alpine skiing, ice sledge hockey and ski jumping on the other side.
The overall design for the aircraft was created by the in-house design team working for the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, in partnership with Air Canada.