The Boeing 787 gains another operator, with Air Canada taking delivery of the new aircraft, adding the class to its fleet.
The plane departed Paine Field in Everett, Washington State and headed for Air Canada’s Toronto base.
This is the first Boeing 787 (a 787-8 subtype) out of 37 that are out for delivery between now and 2019, split between the smaller 787-8 (15 aircraft) and the larger 787-9 (22 aircraft). All aircraft are powered by the General Electric GEnx-1B Engines.
Air Canada have configured their Boeing 787s in a three class configuration as:
- 20 Business Class Seats (new product)
- 21 Premium Economy Seat
- 210 Economy Class seats in 3-3-3
- Total: 251 seats
Benjamin Smith, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at Air Canada states:
“With the Dreamliner we are premiering our new three-cabin interior. It features the next generation lie-flat pod in International Business Class, a new Premium Economy cabin and our redesigned Economy cabin with our upgraded In-Flight Entertainment system available free at every seat”
It’ll be interesting to see the interior of this plane as Air Canada continue to push tighter densities aboard their planes.
Air Canada will use the plane on routes to London Heathrow, Tel Aviv and Tokyo Haneda. Expect to see them where 767s operate services as deliveries arrive.