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How to Get Onboard an Air Canada Boeing 787 Dreamliner (and for How Much)

December 5, 2013 at 8:30 AM | by | Comment (1)

At this time last year, spotting a Boeing 787 Dreamliner in the skies was quite the rare occurrence. But as the aircraft's teething problems have calmed and more tails roll off the factory floor, airlines are more eager than ever to welcome the efficient jet into the fold.

LAN became the first airline in the Americas to add 787s to their fleet, welcoming the aircraft back in early September 2012. United soon followed, with the title of first in North America that November. Since then, however, no other American airlines have picked up the keys to a Dreamliner.

Air Canada is about to break that dry spell as they prepare their hangars for 787s, to be delivered in spring 2014 and running test routes both domestic and transatlantic until summer. The initial regular route—Toronto to Tel Aviv—commences in July, 2014 and seats are already on sale, beginning at $1,400 roundtrip (we even found availability in all classes for July 1 on AC084).

[Update 8am December 6, 2013: Air Canada has just announced that also beginning July 1, 2014 will be nonstop flights on the 787 from Toronto to Tokyo-Haneda! This will be the only daytime flight from North American to Haneda, and the only nonstop from a Canadian airport to Haneda, which is a more convenient airport to downtown Tokyo than Narita.]

By 2019, the airline will have 37 total 787s in the skies (15 787-8 and 22 of the stretched 787-9s), so Toronto to Tel Aviv is only just the tip of the route map.

Tempted to try it? Air Canada has set up a slick little special site for the 787s, complete with a glance at what the cabin will look like. Let's break down the specifics:

International Business Class:

Number of seats and configuration: 20 in 1-2-1 configuration
Legroom: Seats are individual pods with an 80" bed length
Seat width: 21"
Recline: 180 degrees lie-flat bed
Power ports: 1 per seat, plus USB
Entertainment: Personal 18" TV with over 600 hours of on-demand content, plus games
Additional perks: The 787's Business Class will have all the bells and whistles of international business on Air Canada's other newer planes, but with one addition: a new Lavazza espresso and cappuccino service.

Premium Economy:

Number of seats and configuration: 21 in 2-3-2 configuration
Legroom: 38"
Seat width: 19.5"
Recline: 7"
Power ports: 1 per seat, plus USB
Entertainment: Personal 11" TV with over 600 hours of on-demand content, plus games


Number of seats and configuration: 210 in 3-3-3 configuration
Legroom: 31"
Seat width: 17.3"
Recline: 5"
Power ports: 2 for every set of 3 seats. USB plug at every seat.
Entertainment: Personal 9" TV with over 600 hours of on-demand content, plus games

Toronto will be home base for the fleet of 787s, so there's always the possibility for American travelers to book a Star Alliance itinerary that begins on United and transitions to Air Canada at YYZ for a 787 long-haul. So we'll see you onboard?

[Images: Air Canada]

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