The first 787 Dreamliner has been delivered to Air Canada, the first airline in Canada to fly the Dreamliner. This new airliner is the first of 37 787 aircraft Air Canada has on order for delivery through to 2019.
The jet departed the Boeing Paine Field in Everett, Washington yesterday on its delivery flight to Toronto.
“The 787 Dreamliner will immediately make a dramatic improvement to our fleet capabilities,” said Calin Rovinescu, President and CEO, Air Canada.
“The improvement in fuel use is extremely exciting for us. The range and economics unlock new destinations for customers, who will love the innovative look and comfort onboard.”
Air Canada has announced it will use the 787 on its Toronto–Tel Aviv routes, as well as launch a new destination – Tokyo’s Haneda Airport. The 787 is 20 percent more fuel efficient than similar-sized airplanes it will replace in Air Canada’s fleet.
“The 787 Dreamliner is a wonderful addition to Air Canada’s fleet,” said Brad McMullen, vice president of North America Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
“The 787 will enable Air Canada to connect Canada and the world, while improving the flying experience of passengers as well as the company’s bottom line.”
Air Canada’s 787 launches the airlines’ new 20 seat International Business Class Cabin with 20 seats.. The aircraft also offers 21 seats in Air Canada’s Premium Economy Cabin and 210 seats in Air Canada Economy. Passengers will be more comfortable with improved lighting, bigger windows, larger overhead bins, lower cabin altitude and enhanced ventilation systems, among other features.
To support Air Canada’s 787 Dreamliners, Boeing will provide a comprehensive suite of support and services through its Commercial Aviation Services business. Air Canada will receive flight and maintenance training and in-flight pilot training services. Boeing provides Air Canada’s fleet with crew planning solutions; electronic charting for electronic flight bags; Maintenance Performance Toolbox, a digital real-time-information tool that enables quick resolution of airplane maintenance issues; and Direct Routes and Wind Updates services for more efficient flights to reduce fuel consumption.
Although we have yet to experience a flight on the 787 we have spoken to several people who have and the feedback has been positive. Only yesterday we met someone who had recently flown with their young family on a Dreamliner and they were singing the praises of the larger windows. smoother, quieter and more enjoyable flight.
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