The widebody 787-10 has a new customer, Air Canada. The largest Canadian airline, the company has agreed a new order with Boeing for 18 Dreamliner jets.
According to the carrier, the aircraft are part of a plan to modernize and expand the carrier’s global flight network.
“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. As importantly, the 787 is highly fuel efficient and will generate operational savings as well as support our sustainability goals of reducing emissions,” said Michael Rousseau, president and CEO of Air Canada.
“With the 787 Dreamliner family, Air Canada will soon operate one of the most modern, efficient widebody fleets in the world,” said Stan Deal, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “The 787-10 will provide Air Canada with greater flexibility and commonality across its expansive network, connecting Canadians to destinations around the world.”
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Currently, Air Canada has 38 787 jets in its fleet, eight 787-8s and 30 787-9s. With the 787-10, the airline will gain more passenger capacity (336 seats), but a shorter range of 11,730 km.
Deliveries of the aircraft are scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter of 2025 and conclude in the first quarter of 2027.
Air Canada has confirmed that it will retire old widebodies but has not revealed which aircraft are scheduled to be decommissioned. The carrier has Boeing 767-300, 777-200 and A330-300 jets in its fleet, which have a high average age.
The deal reached with Boeing also includes 12 purchase options for the 787-10, but means that Air Canada will no longer receive two previously ordered Boeing 777Fs.