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Air Canada Reveals First Upgraded Airbus A321 With an All-New Interior

Air Canada unveiled their first Airbus A321 with an all-new interior and industry-leading cabin technology with the departure of flight AC692 on Saturday, October 21st. Cabin improvements include larger overhead bins, and a new IFE system featuring exterior cameras.

Air Canada's Newly Upgraded Airbus A321 Cabin Design - Courtesy Air Canada/CNW

On Monday (October 23, 2023), Air Canada announced the unveiling of their first Airbus A321 featuring an all-new interior and industry-leading cabin technology, with the departure of flight AC692 on Saturday, October 21st. Customers onboard the newly refurbished A321 equipped with Fin 451 (C-GITU) enjoyed a pilot’s eye view of the takeoff due to new exterior cameras connected to the aircraft’s seatback IFE system. Other cabin improvements include larger overhead bins, a new state-of-the-art IFE system, Bluetooth audio at seatbacks and free high-speed internet sponsored by Bell for all customers.

In Monday’s announcement, Air Canada’s EVP – Loyalty and Product, Mark Nasr, said,

“We’re proud to welcome customers on board to experience the comfort, convenience, and connectivity of our latest cabins. These upgraded fleet interiors will align the A320s and A321s to the highly popular A220 experience, further strengthening our industry leading product offering. Additionally, new features such as our inflight entertainment system streaming exterior aircraft camera feeds, Bluetooth connectivity, and free, fast internet connectivity will be extremely popular with travellers. We will continue advancing our product leadership by trialing more new in-flight experiences with this A321 and expanding those learnings to additional aircraft in our fleet.”

Customers Onboard Air Canada's Newly Refreshed Airbus A320/321 aircraft Equipped With Fin 451 (C-GITU) Exterior Cameras, Can Also Enjoy a Pilot's Eye View via Their Seatback IFE Screen - Courtesy Air Canada/CNW

The new A321 cabin design also features upgraded seating designed to optimize passenger personal space, improve ergonomics, USB-A and USB-C power, as well as new full color LED mood lighting. Air Canada’s remaining 14 Airbus A321s and eight A320s will be retrofitted from fall 2023 through the end of 2025. As an added benefit, the new cabin reduces the aircraft’s weight by around 240 kilograms, which will reduce the fleet’s fuel consumption by over 2.4 million liters and CO2 emissions by 6,256 tons annually, the equivalent of the electricity used by 4,185 Canadian homes per year.

Air Canada is Canada’s largest domestic and international airline. The Canadian flag carrier is a founding member of the Star Alliance and holds a Four-Star ranking from Skytrax. Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service to 180 airports in Canada, the United States, and internationally on six continents. Through the carrier’s Aeroplan loyalty program, customers can earn and redeem points on the world’s largest airline partner network of 45 airlines. Air Canada Cargo offers air freight lift and connectivity to hundreds of destinations across six continents with a dedicated fleet of 767-300 Freighters and passenger aircraft belly hold capacity. Additionally, the airline has committed to a net zero emissions goal from all global operations by 2050.

Source: Air Canada/CNW


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