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November 10, 2014
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Canada: Air Canada Upgrades Seating




Air Canada is making long-haul international flights more comfortable for business travellers.

On November 6th, the airline announced that along with the addition of two new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft to its widebody fleet, it will expand the introduction of its new International Business Class product to include all Boeing 777-300ER aircraft (seven more than previously announced). The carrier also revealed that it will reconfigure the aircraft to include its new Premium Economy cabin. 

Air Canada’s new International Business Class cabin features lie-flat Executive Pods, each of which has an adjustable pneumatic cushion system, 18-inch personal entertainment screen (largest offered by a North American airline business class), and universal power and USB outlets.

As a result, Air Canada’s three-cabin international product and seating standard will therefore be extended to all 25 of the carrier’s Boeing 777-300ER and 777-200LR aircraft consistent with seating on its new Boeing 787-8 and -9 Dreamliner fleet.

In addition, Air Canada plans to reconfigure its fleet of eight Airbus A330-300 aircraft to offer customers the option of its new Premium Economy cabin. Conversion of Air Canada’s Boeing 777 and Airbus A330 aircraft is planned to begin in the fourth quarter of 2015 and is expected to be completed by the second half of 2016. 

“The introduction of our new international onboard product standard across our entire Boeing 777 and 787 fleets is a key component of Air Canada’s international expansion plans,” said Benjamin Smith, president, Passenger Airlines. “With the conversion of our widebody aircraft we will introduce a much-desired Premium Economy cabin and refurbish the International Business Class cabins of our entire Boeing 777 fleet to offer our international customers a state-of-the-art product consistent with our new Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet.”

For more information visit 787.aircanada.com.


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