Air Canada discloses first 787 route

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Air Canada will begin its first dedicated Boeing 787-8 route in July with service between Toronto and Tel Aviv.

The carrier will receive three aircraft in the second quarter of 2014 and will temporarily fly them on other transatlantic routes and domestic flights to introduce passengers to the service.

The 251-seat aircraft includes international business class, premium economy and economy cabins. The aircraft will replace the 211- to 233-seat Boeing 767-300ER aircraft that the carrier uses on its Tel Aviv flights today.

"The introduction of Boeing 787-8 and 787-9 aircraft featuring our new onboard product is a key component of Air Canada's international expansion plans," says Ben Smith, the airline's executive vice-president and chief commercial officer. "The fuel efficient Boeing 787 aircraft will open up opportunities for Air Canada to serve new international destinations, and convert existing routes to Dreamliner service, as we continue to renew our fleet and develop Toronto Pearson into a preferred North American gateway and truly global airline hub."