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Air Canada to Introduce International Premium Economy Cabin

Air Canada to Introduce International Premium Economy Cabin

Air Canada today announced that it will introduce a new International Premium Economy cabin for customers seeking enhanced comfort and service on international flights as it continues to modernise its widebody fleet with the addition of five new B777-300ER aircraft.

Complementing its Economy and Executive First options on international flights, Air Canada’s new Premium Economy cabin will offer customers a wide range of benefits including a dedicated cabin featuring larger seats that are wider, providing more recline, with seven more inches of legroom than Economy and are never more than one seat from the aisle (due to a 2x4x2 configuration).

Customers will also be offered premium meals with complimentary bar service and priority check-in and baggage delivery at the airport. More information on Air Canada’s new Premium Economy cabin is available at www.aircanada.com/premiumeconomy.

The Premium Economy cabin will be introduced on Air Canada’s Montreal – Paris flights effective 11th July 2013. Additional routes offering Premium Economy will be added over time as new aircraft enter the carrier’s mainline fleet.

Air Canada B767-300

International Fleet Expands

Air Canada will also expand and modernise its international widebody fleet with the addition of five new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. In addition to two B777-300ER aircraft previously announced that will be delivered in June and August 2013, Air Canada today announced that it will add three new B777-300ER aircraft to be delivered in November and December 2013 and February 2014. With the addition of these five aircraft, Air Canada’s B777 fleet will consist of 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 Ben Smith, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer.

“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 travelling on Air Canada mainline routes or with our leisure carrier, Air Canada rouge, to its vacation destinations.”

Air Canada’s 37 Boeing 787 aircraft will also feature a brand new, enhanced version of Air Canada’s award-winning Executive First lie-flat beds and product that has yet to be announced, in addition to Premium Economy and Economy options. The Boeing 787 fleet will be deployed on the carrier’s current and future high premium demand international routes.

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NEIL STEEDMAN has been a trade journalist, copywriter, editor and proofreader for 50 years, and News & Features Editor for ‘Irish Travel Trade News’ for the past 40 years.

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