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Air Canada to Debut New Premium Economy Cabin with New Aircraft

Airlines & Airports | Claudette Covey | February 07, 2013

Air Canada to Debut New Premium Economy Cabin with New Aircraft

Air Canada said it will introduce a new international premium economy cabin for customers seeking enhanced comfort and service on international flights as it continues to modernize its wide body fleet with the addition of five new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. The airline becomes the most recent to install a premium economy cabin following such carriers as Virgin Atlantic and Air Tahiti Nui, among others. Air Canada’s premium economy cabin will be introduced on Air Canada’s Montreal-Paris flights effective July 11. Additional routes offering the service will be added over time as new aircraft enter the carrier’s fleet.

Complementing its economy and executive first options on international flights, Air Canada’s new premium economy cabin will offer customers a dedicated cabin featuring larger seats that are wider, providing more recline, with seven more inches of legroom that are never more than one seat from the aisle because of a 2-4-2 configuration. Customers will also be offered premium meals with complimentary bar service and priority check-in and baggage delivery at the airport.

Air Canada will expand and modernize its international wide body fleet with the addition of five new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. In addition to two previously announced Boeing 777-300ER aircraft that will be delivered in June and August, Air Canada will add three new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft to be delivered in November and December and February 2014.  With the addition of these five aircraft, Air Canada’s Boeing 777 fleet will comprise 23 aircraft comprising the latest generation of 300ER and 200LR models.

“With the introduction of Premium Economy, Air Canada will begin offering customers a new, high-value option for enhanced comfort and service on international flights,” said Air Canada Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer Ben Smith. “The delivery of five new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft over the next 12 months provides us with the right opportunity to launch a new cabin of service that will be offered on more of our international flights over time as we take delivery of new 787 aircraft.  We will continue to adapt our product to ensure our customers have competitive options to choose from -- whether traveling on Air Canada mainline routes or with our leisure carrier, Air Canada rouge, to its vacation destinations.”

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