Air Canada will be adjusting many of its planes to offer a three-tiered seating system: International Business Class, Premium Economy, and standard Economy.
The airline is expanding its new International Business Class product to include all Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, including two new aircraft that will be added to the widebody fleet; and reconfiguring the aircraft to include a new Premium Economy cabin.
This will see all 25 Boeing 777-300ER and 777-200LR aircraft include the three-cabin international product and seating standard. Air Canada will also reconfigure its fleet of eight Airbus A330-300 aircraft to offer customers the option of its new Premium Economy cabin. The current Economy and International Business Class cabins of its A330-300 fleet will remain unchanged. Conversion of Air Canada's Boeing 777 and Airbus A330 aircraft is planned to begin in the fourth quarter of 2015 and is expected to be completed by the second half of 2016.
"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, President, Passenger Airlines. "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."
The new IBC section will include up to 30 lie-flat executive pods on the 787-8 and 787-9 planes, and up to 40 on the Boeing 777-300ER and 777-200LR once converted, along with an adjustable pneumatic cushion system that can be extended into a fully flat sleeping position. The headrest will offer a massage feature as well. The personal entertainment screen will have a touch handset, and there are universal power and USB outlets at each seat. Espresso and cappuccino service will also be availabl for International Business Class customers on Boeing 787 Dreamliner and 777 aircraft. The 1-2-1 configuration guarantees direct aisle access with window views.
International Business Class seating
Premium Economy seating
Premium Economy will include "generous" personal space, wider seats, more legroom, and recline options. It will feature 21 seats on its Boeing 787 aircraft and, once converted, 24 on Boeing 777 aircraft and 21 seats on Airbus A330 aircraft. Each seat is equipped with a 9- or 11-inch enhanced definition intuitive touch personal entertainment screen, as well as universal power and USB outlets. Air Canada's Premium Economy cabin service offers premium meals, complimentary bar service and priority check-in and baggage delivery at the airport.
Air Canada's new Economy cabin standard features slimline seats that provide personal space consistent with the current Economy cabin. Each Economy seat on the Boeing 787 and 777 fleets will be equipped with a 9-inch enhanced definition intuitive touch personal entertainment screen with USB outlet and a universal power outlet available at arm's reach.
Air Canada's Dreamliner fleet will consist of 15 787-8 aircraft and 22 of the larger capacity 787-9 aircraft. All 37 Boeing 787 aircraft are scheduled to be delivered by the end of 2019. As Air Canada takes delivery of new widebody aircraft for its mainline fleet, current Boeing 767 aircraft will be transferred to its leisure carrier subsidiary, Air Canada rouge.
The new setup is currently featured in the Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft; you can view a demo at 787.aircanada.com.