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Air Canada Orders 18 Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners, Will Now Operate All 787 Models

Air Canada will further modernize their fleet with an order for 18 Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners, and options for 12 more. With the addition of the 787-10, Air Canada will now operate all Dreamliner Family models.

Air Canada Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner Rendering - Courtesy Boeing

On Monday (September 25, 2023), Boeing announced that Air Canada has placed an order for 18 Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners, while securing options for 12 more. The new fuel-efficient airplanes support the carrier’s broader strategy to reduce emissions while expanding their global route network. With the addition of the larger 787-10 model, Air Canada will now operate models from the entire Dreamliner Family. Currently, Air Canada operates a fleet of 38 787s, including eight 787-8s and 30 787-9s. The Boeing 787-10 can carry up to 336 passengers and has a range of up to 6,330 nautical miles (11,730 km).

In Monday’s announcement, Air Canada’s President and CEO, Michael Rousseau, 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.”

Also commenting on the order, Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ President and CEO, Stan Deal, added,

“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.”

The selection of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner Family helps support economic growth and jobs across Canada, as the country is one of Boeing’s largest international supply bases with over 550 suppliers. More than a dozen Canadian suppliers also support the 787 program, including Boeing’s aerospace composite manufacturing facility in Winnipeg. Boeing contributes approximately $4.0 billion in economic benefit to Canada annually, supporting more than 14,000 direct and indirect jobs.

Deliveries for Air Canada’s 787-10s are scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter of 2025, with the last aircraft scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2027. The new Boeing 787-10 order announced today substitutes for a previously announced agreement to purchase two 777 Freighters, which has been canceled.

Since entering passenger revenue service in 2011, the Boeing 787 Family has allowed the opening of more than 370 direct routes worldwide. The Dreamliner Family has received over 1,760 orders from 87 customers, including more than 870 repeat orders from 56 customers. Over the last year alone, the 787 has received more than 295 orders and commitments. Almost half of 787 operators fly more than one variant, while four airlines operate, or will operate fleets with all three models.

Source(s): Boeing, Air Canada


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