Air Canada to Introduce Premium Economy Section, Expand Fleet
Air Canada has announced that it will introduce a premium economy section on international flights beginning July 11, 2013. In addition, the carrier will add five new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft to its fleet.
The new 777s will be the first to be outfitted with the airline’s premium economy cabin. The section will first be available on the carrier’s Montreal-Paris flights on July 11, with additional routes progressively offering the section as new aircraft are integrated into the fleet.
Air Canada’s premium economy section will offer passengers wider seats with more recline, as well as seven more inches of legroom than economy cabin seats. Passengers will also receive meals with complimentary bar service, as well as priority check-in and baggage delivery.
With the airline’s new premium economy section comes the addition of five new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. The airline had previously announced that it would take delivery of two Boeing 777s in June and August of this year, and on February 7, 2013, it announced that three additional 777s would be delivered, in November and December of 2013, and February of 2014.
Air Canada’s Triple Sevens will have neutral interior tones, and will offer a larger economy section, with 398 seats, as well as a premium economy cabin consisting of 24 seats. First class will include 36 lie-flat seats, and all seats in all cabins will include individual monitors.
The 777-300ERs will be the first and only aircraft in Air Canada’s fleet to include a premium economy section until the airline takes delivery of new 787 aircraft in 2014.
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