Air Canada said that it will expand the introduction of its new International Business Class product to include all Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, seven more than previously announced, and will also reconfigure the aircraft to include its new Premium Economy cabin.
The carrier’s three-cabin international product and seating standard will therefore be extended to all 25 of its Boeing 777-300ER and 777-200LR aircraft consistent with seating on its new Boeing 787-8 and -9 Dreamliner fleet.
Air Canada will also reconfigure its fleet of eight Airbus A330-300 aircraft to offer customers the option of its new Premium Economy cabin. The current Economy and International Business Class cabins of its A330-300 fleet will remain unchanged. Conversion of Air Canada's Boeing 777 and Airbus A330 aircraft is planned to begin in the fourth quarter of 2015 and is expected to be completed by the second half of 2016.
Air Canada's new International Business Class cabin features up to 30 lie-flat Executive Pods on its Boeing 787-8 and -9 aircraft and up to 40 on Boeing 777-300ER and -200LR aircraft once converted, with an adjustable pneumatic cushion system that can be extended into a fully flat sleeping position. International Business Class features also include a headrest with a massage feature; personal entertainment screen with touch handset; universal power and USB outlets at each seat; espresso and cappuccino service for International Business Class customers on Boeing 787 Dreamliner and 777 aircraft; and a 1-2-1 configuration guaranteeing direct aisle access with window views.
Air Canada's new Economy cabin standard features slimline seats that provide personal space consistent with the comfort of Air Canada's current Economy cabin. Each Economy seat on the Boeing 787 and 777 fleets will be equipped with a 9-inch enhanced definition intuitive touch personal entertainment screen with USB outlet and a universal power outlet available at arm's reach.