Air Canada Rouge's first Boeing 767-300ER touched down at Montreal-Mirabel International airport on 1 June.

Mirabel-based maintenance firm Avianor will perform final interior modifications on the aircraft ahead of the leisure carrier's launch on 1 July.

The 767 with registration C-GHPE is now part of Air Canada's mainline fleet and will be transitioned to the Rouge fleet later this month. It is returning from a heavy maintenance check in Tel Aviv, where it received a new livery design.

Air Canada Rouge livery

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The aircraft's white fuselage is outfitted with the Rouge logo emblazoned on its side. Its red tail features a white maple leaf icon, which is Air Canada's iconic logo painted in a reversed colour scheme.

Air Canada Rouge Tail

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The 2003-built 767 is powered with Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines and owned by lessor AWMS I, Flightglobal's Ascend Online database shows.

Among the modifications is the installation of a streaming inflight entertainment offering that allows passengers to access multimedia content on their own devices.

Air Canada Rouge will start operations with a fleet of four aircraft: two Boeing 767-300ERs that will fly on leisure routes to Europe, and two Airbus A319s for trips to the Caribbean. The two A319s are in Mirabel, and the carrier says it expects the other 767-300ER to arrive at the airport early this week.

This 767 will fly on the first European routes Air Canada Rouge has announced so far: Toronto to Edinburgh, Venice and Athens and Montreal to Athens.

This month, the aircraft will fly seasonal service between Toronto and Dublin on behalf of Air Canada before it begins flying as Rouge in July. Starting in 2014, this route will be transferred to Rouge as a year-round offering.

Rouge's 767-300ERs are laid out with 282 seats in a two-cabin configuration. The "premium Rouge" cabin will have 24 seats in a 2 -2 -2 configuration, while the economy cabin features 230 standard economy seats in a 2-3-2 configuration and a 28-seat "plus" section for extra legroom.

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news