Air Canada Receives First Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

By Jesse Sokolow on 31 July 2015
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Dreamliner in flight

Dreamliner in flight

Air Canada announced that it took delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.  The carrier plans to use the aircraft on non-stop routes from Toronto to Delhi, set to begin on November 1, and from Toronto to Dubai, which will begin November 3.

The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is the second member of the Dreamliner family to be produced.  Similar to the 787-8, the stretch jet uses 20% less fuel and produces 20% fewer emissions than similar-sized airplanes.  The 787-9 is 20’ (six meters) longer, has greater capacity, and has a range of 8,300 nautical miles (15,372 kilometers), while the 787-8 is limited to 7,850 nautical miles (14,500 kilometers).

Air Canada’s Dreamliners will have a three-cabin configuration, with 30 fully lie-flat seats in business class, 21 seats in premium economy, and 247 seats in economy.  Seats in business class will be arranged in a 1-2-1 layout, each with direct aisle access, and will have a bed length of 80” and a width of 21”.

Air Canada is scheduled to receive a total of 29 new 787-9s by 2019.  The carrier already has eight 787-8 Dreamliners in operation.

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