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Air Canada unveils in-flight upgrades

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Air Canada unveils in-flight upgrades

Your next summer vacation doesn't have to start once you reach your destination—it can begin once you board your flight. That's because Air Canada has unveiled the newest addition to its fleet, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which features contemporary cabin design and seating, as well as upgraded amenities. "What amenities?" you ask. For starters, international business class passengers can take advantage of the Dreamliner's adjustable pneumatic cushion headrest (which offers a unique massage feature), 18-inch personal entertainment screens, and fresh-brewed espresso and cappuccino service. The Boeing 787's 18-inch personal entertainment screen For those who can't afford to board the front of the bus but still want a bit more luxury for their in-flight experience, the premium economy cabin boasts 38 inches of legroom and 19.5-inch seat width for added comfort. The premium economy cabin boasts 38 inches of legroom and 19.5-inch seat width Meanwhile, the economy cabin—which seats 210 passengers—doesn't offer customers more space than Air Canada's current jets, but it does come with a personal nine-inch enhanced definition intuitive touch entertainment screen, USB outlet and a universal power outlet. The cabin design's palette is slate grey and neutral tones with red and blue accents Air Canada is slated to acquire 37 of the wide-body aircraft in total, with the airline taking possession of the first this spring. Ben Smith, executive vice-president and chief commercial officer for Air Canada, says the acquisition of 787-8 and 787-9 aircrafts was facilitated in an effort to improve customer comfort and expand the airline internationally. "The fuel efficient Boeing 787 aircraft will open up opportunities for Air Canada to serve new international destinations, and convert existing routes to Dreamliner service, as we continue to renew our fleet and develop Toronto Pearson into a preferred North American gateway and truly global airline hub," Smith said in a press release. The 787 is 20 percent more fuel efficient than the 767 model it will replace. The Dreamliner will make its first voyage under the Air Canada banner this spring, when the airline previews the 787 on select domestic Canada and transatlantic flights on a gradual, temporary basis. In July 2014, its slated to become the carrier for the Toronto-Tel Aviv route. Planning to fly from Pearson International Airport to Israel? Seats are currently available for booking. Once the 787 joins Air Canada's fleet, existing Boeing 767 and Airbus A319 aircraft will be transferred to its leisure carrier subsidiary, Air Canada Rouge. (Photos courtesy CNW Group/Air Canada)
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