It seems Air Canada is continuing its fleet renewal, with the airline selecting Boeing 787-10 aircraft to join its fleet.
Air Canada Boeing 787-10, Rendering, Air Canada/The Boeing Company.
The airline has placed a firm order with The Boeing Company for 18 Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner aircraft, with operations for a further 12. This order substitutes for an order of two Boeing 777F aircraft, which will no longer be taken.
The move will make Air Canada one of the few carriers to operate all variants of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner family.
Deliveries of the new aircraft are scheduled to begin in Q4 2025 with the last aircraft scheduled for delivery in Q1 2027. These new aircraft will be used to replace older, less efficient wide-body aircraft currently in the Air Canada fleet.
Air Canada currently operates 30 787-9 and eight 787-8 versions of the Dreamliner, with two more 787-9 aircraft scheduled for delivery from a previous order.
The 787-10 is the largest model of the Dreamliner family which can carry more than 330 customers depending on the seat configuration. It also has 175 cubic meters (6,187 cubic feet) of cargo volume.
Michael Rousseau, President and Chief Executive Officer of Air Canada said:
“Air Canada has made investing in the passenger experience a core priority. Our experience shows customers greatly enjoy flying on the Dreamliner, so we are pleased to offer them a larger version of this popular aircraft, which will premiere a new, state-of-the-art interior cabin design. As importantly, the 787 is highly fuel efficient and will generate operational savings as well as support our sustainability goals of reducing emissions,”
Stan Deal, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, added:
“With the 787 Dreamliner family, Air Canada will soon operate one of the most modern, efficient widebody fleets in the world,” said
“The 787-10 will provide Air Canada with greater flexibility and commonality across its expansive network, connecting Canadians to destinations around the world.”
Fleet Renewal Continues
Air Canada is continuing its fleet renewal unabated, with it taking delivery of Airbus A220 family aircraft to replace its smaller aircraft. To address the thin and long market, Air Canada will be adding 28 Airbus A321XLR aircraft, which are due to start arriving in 2025.
Finally, there is the matter of the 30 ES-30 electric-hybrid aircraft under development by Heart Aerospace, which are expected to enter service in 2028.
With the Boeing 787-10s, these aircraft will be carrying machines that will help Air Canada target its older aircraft for replacement, whilst being able to lift the volumes of passengers and cargo in the process.
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