Air Canada to fly more Dreamliners to Asia

Air Canada has ordered a total of 37 Dreamliners
Air Canada has ordered a total of 37 Dreamliners

Air Canada will start flying its new fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft to more destinations in Asia in the coming months.

The airline recently deployed the new long-haul aircraft on its Vancouver-Shanghai route, while the Vancouver-Tokyo Narita to be converted in mid-December. Services from Vancouver to Beijing and Seoul will then commence in February and March 2015 respectively.

This follows the initial deployment of the aircraft on the Toronto-Tokyo Haneda route in July.

“We are very excited to expand the introduction of Air Canada’s new 787 Dreamliner aircraft to more routes from Vancouver to Asia on a year-round basis,” said Benjamin Smith, Air Canada’s president of passenger airlines.

“The choice of three cabins of state-of-the-art seating, as well as… next-generation entertainment systems are a big hit with customers. Our new international product standard is being introduced with the arrival of 787 Dreamliner aircraft and we look forward to offering more customers the very best in comfort and amenities as we begin the conversion later next year of all 25 of our Boeing 777-300ER and 777-200LR aircraft to our 787 Dreamliner seating standards.”

Air Canada’s Dreamliners come equipped with three cabins, including 20 ‘executive pods’ in business class cabin, 21 seats in premium economy and 210 seats in a economy.

The airline will take delivery of six B787s by the end of 2014, with all 37 aircraft scheduled to arrive by the end of 2019. These new fuel-efficient jest will replace Air Canada’s existing Boeing 767s, which will be transferred to its leisure carrier, Air Canada Rouge.

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