Canadian flag carrier, Air Canada has chosen the Boeing 787 Dreamliner for transforming its fleet, placing an order for 18 787-10 aircraft with the option to acquire 12 more.

This order will increase Air Canada’s fleet, which currently consists of 38 787s, including eight 787-8 and 30 787-9 planes, allowing them to fly every aircraft in the 787 family.

The 787-10, the family’s biggest variant, can transport up to 336 people and features a range of 6,330 nautical miles (11,730 km).

Michael Rousseau, president and CEO of Air Canada emphasised the aviation benefits of employing the Dreamliner.

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”.

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According to the US manufacturer, more than 1,760 Dreamliners have been ordered by more than 87 customers worldwide, making the 787 Dreamliner the fastest-selling widebody aircraft in history.

Stan Deal, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes commented on the deal: “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 deployment of the 787 Dreamliner family by Air Canada encourages economic growth and job creation in the Canadian aviation industry, which currently oversees CAD $4 billion in economic value created each year.

According to the manufacturer, Canada is one of Boeing’s primary international supply hubs, with about 550 suppliers and facilities geared toward assisting in the development of 787 aircraft production.