Air Canada has received its first Boeing 787 aircraft – the -8 variant – on 18 May.
With the delivery of its first 787, the Star Alliance member plans to replace similar-sized aircraft in its fleet with the type. Configured with 251 seats across three class: 20 business, 21 premium economy and 210 economy class seats, it will be used on services such as to Tel Aviv and Tokyo Haneda, says Boeing.
“This is an exciting day for all of us at Air Canada as we bring home our first Dreamliner. With the introduction of the 787 into the Air Canada fleet, we are set to further strengthen our position as one of the world's leading global carriers,” adds the carrier’s president and chief executive Calin Roinescu. “The Boeing 787 Dreamliner with its range, passenger capacity and operating efficiencies is virtually custom-designed to allow us to grow in international markets on a cost-competitive basis, and our new on-board product will enhance our position as North America's leading airline.”
Flightglobal’s Ascend Online Fleets database shows that Air Canada has orders for 14 additional Boeing 787-8s and 22 787-9s.