May 18, 2014
/PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) delivered the first 787 Dreamliner to Air Canada, the first airline in
to fly the Dreamliner. The airplane, the first of Air Canada's 37 787s on order for delivery through 2019, departed Paine Field in
today on its delivery flight to
"The 787 Dreamliner will immediately make a dramatic improvement to our fleet capabilities," said Calin Rovinescu, President and CEO, Air Canada. "The improvement in fuel use is extremely exciting for us. The range and economics unlock new destinations for customers, who will love the innovative look and comfort onboard."
has announced it will use the 787 on its
routes, as well as launch a new destination –
Haneda Airport. The 787 is 20 percent more fuel efficient than similar-sized airplanes it will replace in Air Canada's fleet.
"The 787 Dreamliner is a wonderful addition to Air Canada's fleet," said
, vice president of North America Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "The 787 will enable Air Canada to connect
and the world, while improving the flying experience of passengers as well as the company's bottom line."
787 launches the airlines' new International Business Class Cabin with 20 seats. The airplane offers 21 seats in Air Canada's Premium Economy Cabin and 210 seats in Air Canada Economy. Customers will be more comfortable with improved lighting, bigger windows, larger overhead bins, lower cabin altitude and enhanced ventilation systems, among other features.
Made from composite materials, the 787 Dreamliner is the first mid-size airplane capable of flying long-range routes and will allow airlines to open new, non-stop routes preferred by the traveling public. In addition to providing airlines with unprecedented fuel economy and low operating costs, the 787 features a host of new technologies that greatly enhance the passenger experience.