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AC looks to the future as it celebrates the past

AC looks to the future as it celebrates the pastCaptain Randy Neville, one of the Boeing test pilots that flew the 787 Dreamliner into Toronto as part of the celebrations of Air Canada’s 75th anniversary, poses for a photo in the cockpit of the new, super efficient aircraft. The Dreamliner was the centrepiece for the kick-off event in the year-long celebrations of Air Canada’s 75th anniversary. The festivities got underway today (March 2) at Pearson International Airport in Toronto and attracted thousands of Air Canada customers, employees and suppliers. Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner — described as the world’s newest and most modern commercial aircraft — certainly created a buzz — as it made its inaugural visit to Canada. Air Canada has 37 firm orders plus 13 options for the Dreamliner, with first delivery of the aircraft in 2014. Calin Rovinescu, president and CEO of Air Canada, told those gathered for the event that, “Today is a double celebration for Air Canada as we welcome the future, embodied by the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, and take stock of our accomplishments over our 75 year history.” He continued, “We have built a proud tradition over three-quarters of a century by being a leader in terms of customer comfort, safety and convenience. Among the many innovations pioneered by Air Canada over our history are developments adopted by our industry over the decades: cabin pressurization, deicing techniques, smoke-free flights, the first computerized reservation system and e-services for customers, to name just a few. Today’s visit by the 787 Dreamliner marks another stage of our ongoing evolution and industry leadership.”