Air Canada will outfit an additional seven 777-300ERs with international business class and premium economy seats, meaning it will eventually have three-class cabins on its entire fleet of 25 777-300ERs and 777-200LRs, the airline announces.
The 25 aircraft will include two additional 777-300ERs that the company announces on 6 November it will acquire in 2016.
With the cabin changes, all 777s in Air Canada’s fleet will have 40 lie-flat business class “pods”, says the airline.
Air Canada adds that the move will align Air Canada’s 777 product with that on its 787s.
In addition to the modifications on its 777s, Montreal-based Air Canada says it will also add premium economy seats to its Airbus A330-300ERs.
"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," says Benjamin Smith, Air Canada’s president of passenger airlines, in a media release.
"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 on our new Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet," he adds.