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Air Canada to introduce international Premium Economy Cabin; Adds five new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft to mainline fleet. Today we announced that we will introduce a new International Premium Economy cabin for customers seeking enhanced comfort and service on international flights as we continue to modernize our widebody fleet with the addition of five new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.
Introduction of International Premium Economy Cabin
Complementing our Economy and Executive First options on international flights, our new Premium Economy cabin will offer customers a wide range of benefits including a dedicated cabin featuring larger seats that are wider, providing more recline, with seven more inches of legroom than Economy and are never more than one seat from the aisle (due to a 2-4-2 configuration). Customers will also be offered premium meals with complimentary bar service and priority check-in and baggage delivery at the airport. More information on our new Premium Economy cabin is available at www.aircanada.com/premiumeconomy.
Our Premium Economy cabin will be introduced on Montreal-Paris flights effective July 11, 2013. Additional routes offering Premium Economy will be added over time as new aircraft enter our mainline fleet.
International Fleet Expands and Modernizes
With the addition of five new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, we will expand and modernize our international widebody fleet. In addition to two Boeing 777-300ER aircraft previously announced that will be delivered in June and August 2013, we also announced today that three new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft to be delivered in November and December 2013 and February 2014 will be added. With the addition of these five aircraft, our Boeing 777 fleet will consist of 23 aircraft comprising the latest generation of 300ER and 200LR models.
“With the introduction of Premium Economy, Air Canada will begin offering customers a new, high-value option for enhanced comfort and service on international flights,” said Ben Smith, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer. “The delivery of five new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft over the next 12 months provides us with the right opportunity to launch a new cabin of service that will be offered on more of our international flights over time as we take delivery of new 787 aircraft. We will continue to adapt our product to ensure our customers have competitive options to choose from – whether traveling on Air Canada mainline routes or with our leisure carrier, Air Canada rouge, to its vacation destinations.”
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