Air Canada completed its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner flight on May 18, with the arrival of AC7008 at Toronto’s Pearson airport carrying 100 of the airline’s employees on its maiden voyage. Air Canada is the first Canadian airline to fly the new aircraft which, with its long-range and unsurpassed fuel efficiency, will play a starring role in the airline’s international expansion strategy. AC has orders for 37 Boeing 787 aircraft.
Calin Rovinescu, president and CEO of Air Canada, said, “This is an exciting day for all of us at Air Canada as we bring home our first Dreamliner. With the introduction of the 787 into the Air Canada fleet, we are set to further strengthen our position as one of the world’s leading global carriers.”
Rovinescu said that, “The Boeing 787 Dreamliner with its range, passenger capacity and operating efficiencies is virtually custom-designed to allow us to grow in international markets on a cost-competitive basis, and our new on-board product will enhance our position as North America’s leading airline.”
Air Canada’s executive vice-president and chief commercial officer, Benjamin Smith commented, “With the Dreamliner we are premiering our new three-cabin interior. It features the next generation lie-flat pod in International Business Class, a new Premium Economy cabin and our redesigned Economy cabin with our upgraded In-Flight Entertainment system available free at every seat.”
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