Air Canada has placed a firm order with Boeing for 18 new 787-10 Dreamliner aircraft. The Canadian flag carrier has also secured options for a further 12 of the widebody aircraft.
The arrival of these 18 Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners is scheduled to commence in the fourth quarter of 2025, with the last aircraft set for delivery in the first quarter of 2027.
These new additions are not merely a fleet expansion but a replacement strategy targeting older, less efficient wide-body aircraft currently in the Air Canada fleet.
A Customer-Centric Approach
Michael Rousseau, President and Chief Executive Officer of Air Canada, stated, “Air Canada has made investing in the passenger experience a core priority.”
“Our experience shows customers greatly enjoy flying on the Dreamliner, so we are pleased to offer them a larger version of this popular aircraft, which will premiere a new, state-of-the-art interior cabin design.”
Indeed, customer satisfaction is at the forefront of Air Canada’s strategy. The Dreamliner is known for its exceptional passenger comfort, thanks to enhanced cabin pressurization and humidity controls.
Additionally, it boasts the largest dimmable windows of any commercial aircraft.
A Sustainable Future
Beyond passenger comfort, the Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner aligns with Air Canada’s commitment to sustainability.
This aircraft is highly fuel-efficient, promising significant operational savings and contributing to the airline’s goal of reducing emissions.
According to Boeing, the 787-10 has up to 25 percent lower fuel emissions per seat compared to the aircraft it replaces.
The agreement with Boeing not only secures Air Canada’s immediate needs but also provides room for growth. It includes options for another 12 Boeing 787-10 aircraft, offering the flexibility to meet future customer demand effectively.
Fleet Renewal Program
This strategic aircraft acquisition is part of Air Canada’s ongoing fleet renewal program. Alongside the Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners, the airline is also taking delivery of new Airbus A220 aircraft.
Additionally, there are plans to acquire 28 extra-long-range (XLR) versions of the Airbus A321neo aircraft, starting in 2025.
On another front, Air Canada has solidified a purchase agreement for 30 ES-30 electric-hybrid aircraft, developed by Heart Aerospace, which are expected to enter service in 2028.
A Shift in Strategy
It’s worth noting that the Boeing 787-10 aircraft order has replaced a previously announced agreement to purchase two Boeing 777 freighter aircraft.
This shift underscores Air Canada’s commitment to modernizing its fleet and aligning with the latest industry trends and environmental goals.
The Current Fleet
As of now, Air Canada operates approximately 240 aircraft in its mainline and Air Canada Rouge fleet.
With this latest addition of 18 Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner aircraft, Air Canada is poised to elevate its passenger experience, improve sustainability, and ensure a competitive edge in the aviation industry.
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