Air Canada and Boeing announced a new order of 18 Boeing 787-10 widebody jets, with an option for 12 more. The decision is part of Air Canada’s broader strategy to modernize the fleet, enhance passenger experience, reduce carbon emissions, and expand its global reach.
This order means the Canadian flag carrier would operate every model of the 787 Dreamliner family. Air Canada already has a fleet of 38 787s, including eight 787-8 and 30 787-9 jets. The largest model in the Dreamliner family, the 787-10, has a passenger capacity of up to 336 and a range of 6,330 nautical miles (11,730 km).
Fuel-Efficiency Meets Exceptional Experience
Michael Rousseau, the president and CEO of Air Canada, said, “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.”
This aircraft can reduce fuel use and improve efficiency by up to 25% compared to previous-generation jets. The improved fuel efficiency aligns with Air Canada’s commitment to reducing its carbon footprint and supporting sustainability initiatives.
Air Canada and Boeing: A Partnership for the Future
Stan Deal, the president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, stated, “With the 787 Dreamliner family, Air Canada will soon operate one of the most modern, efficient widebody fleets in the world. The 787-10 will provide Air Canada with greater flexibility and commonality across its expansive network, connecting Canadians to destinations around the world.”
Economic and Employment Benefits Across Canada
By selecting the 787 Dreamliner family, Air Canada also boosts economic growth and job creation. Canada is one of Boeing’s largest international supply bases. There are more than 550 suppliers in Canada, including over a dozen Canadian suppliers specifically supporting the 787 program.
A Track Record of Success
The Dreamliner family of aircraft has received overwhelming acceptance since it began service in 2011. With over 1,760 orders from 87 customers, the 787 family has introduced more than 370 new nonstop routes globally. Boeing’s reputation for safety, quality, and integrity only strengthens Air Canada’s position as a leader in the airline industry.