How many people can you cram into a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft? Air Canada have found a new answer – 458 people.
Air Canada will have 5 of these units – which will feature the following
- 36 Executive First Seats configured in a staggered configuration
- 24 Premium Economy Seats (a new feature for Air Canada) in 2-4-2
- 398 Economy seats in the squeezing 3-4-3 configuration
This compares to Air Canada’s current 777-300ER’s which operate in
- 42 Executive First Suites configured in 1-2-1
- 307 Economy Seats configured in 3-3-3
The first route for this squeeze on an aircraft has been confirmed to be operating on the Montreal to Paris CDG run
AC870 DEPART YUL 20:55 ARRIVE CDG 09:45+1 AC871 DEPART CDG 13:30 ARRIVE YUL 14:50 Operates Daily from 11/06/2013 - Maybe shortswapped to a two class777-300ER at ashort notice
For those of a nervous disposition, head to http://www.aircanada.com/en/about/fleet/77W.html and click the 3 Class configuration to see the seatmap.
Other operators who use the 777-300ER in an ultra-dense 3-4-3 down the back include:
- Air France/KLM
- Air New Zealand
- American Airlines (new 777-300ER product)
Lets hope Air Canada doesn’t choose to reconfigure all its 777-300 fleet into this 3 class configuration – 3-3-3 is just about bearable in the air. 3-4-3 is… not pleasant.