Montreal-based Air Canada will operate all three members of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner family after placing a fresh order for 18 787-10s.
The deal – which also contains purchase options for a further 12 examples – is part of the flag carrier’s fleet modernisation strategy aimed at reducing emissions and growing its global network.
“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.
The airline has not confirmed which aircraft the new widebodies will replace, however, based on the number being purchased, it’s thought the 18-strong contingent of Airbus A330-200s could be prime targets for replacement.
“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.”
Air Canada currently operates a fleet of 38 787s, including eight 787-8 and 30 787-9 jets. The largest model in the family, the 787-10, can carry up to 336 passengers with a range of 6,330 nautical miles (11,730 km).
Since revenue service began in 2011, the 787 has received more than 1,760 orders from 87 customers. Over the last year, the type has racked up more than 295 commitments. Nearly half of all 787 Dreamliner operators fly more than one variant and four airlines operate, or will operate, fleets with all three variants.