Air Canada is showing off the first of its new fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliners at Pearson International Airport on Tuesday.
The state-of-the-art jet can seat 251 passengers. It’s quieter, lighter and 20 per cent more fuel efficient than similar-sized planes, the airline says.
Air Canada has ordered 37 Dreamliners at a cost of $6 billion, and they’ll start going into service in September.
According to analysts, Air Canada will now be able to offer more options for travellers, but fares aren’t expected to fall.
The Dreamliners will be deployed on routes currently serviced by the older and smaller 767s, including Vancouver to Tokyo and Vancouver to Shanghai, as well as new routes to fast-expanding markets in China and India.
According to a report in the Globe and Mail, Air Canada plans to expand its Asian schedule with an expected surge in demand over the next decade. The carrier’s first Dreamliner is slated to be in service between Toronto and Tokyo’s Haneda Airport starting in July.
The entire $6-billion order is expected to be completed by 2019.
The Dreamliner completed its first flight on Sunday landing at Pearson airport. The flight was carrying 100 of the airline’s employees and was given a water cannon salute as it taxied to the terminal.
Boeing has had to sort out some teething troubles with the 787. A fire on one of the jets parked in Boston last year forced a redesign of the 787’s batteries.
Also in February, an Air India Dreamliner had to make an emergency landing due to a software malfunction.
A joint report from Boeing and the U.S. government concluded the 787 was soundly designed and met its intended safety level.