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Air Canada Introduces New Configurations On Its Boeing 777s

Air Canada Boeing 777-300

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As reported back on April 4, 2015 (link), Air Canada will be retrofitting its existing long haul Boeing 777-200LR and 777-300ER (Link for quick introduction) aircrafts with new interior that will use the same business class seat introduced with its Boeing 787 and premium economy/economy seats currently used in the high density version of the 777.

To ease identification, Air Canada renamed the different 777 variants as follow:

Variant Old Configuration New Configuration
777-200LR 77S 77LB
777-300ER 77F 77WC
777-300HD 77W 77WH

777-200LR

The new version of 777-200LR will have a reduction of 2 business class seats and add 24 premium economy / 8 economy seats. Total capacity will increase by 30 to 300.

Air Canada Boeing 777-200LR 77LB Seat Map
Air Canada Boeing 777-200LR 77LB Seat Map – Image credit to Air Canada (All Rights Reserved)

777-300ER / 777-300HD

The new version of 777-300ER will have a reduction of 2 business class seats and add 24 premium economy  / 29 economy seats. Total capacity will increase by 51 to 400.

Air Canada Boeing 777-300ER 77WC Seat Map
Air Canada Boeing 777-300ER 77WC Seat Map – Image credit to Air Canada (All Rights Reserved)

The current highest density version 777-300HD will have a reduction of 8 business class seats with no changes to premium economy or economy. Total capacity will go down by 8 to 450.

Air Canada Boeing 777-300HD 77WH Seat Map
Air Canada Boeing 777-300HD 77WH Seat Map – Image credit to Air Canada (All Rights Reserved)

When these aircrafts are used domestically, premium economy may be labeled preferred seats which would be available for selection by status members of its Altitude® program. On long-haul flights, access to these seats would require additional fare or use of eUpgrades (based on distance – refer to this link for more details).

All business class seats will have a 1-2-1 configuration. Premium economy will be 2-4-2 and economy will be 3-4-3.

Destinations

The following is the tentative schedule of the retrofit aircrafts. This may change based on retrofit progress.

777-200LR (77S/77LB)

May 17, 2016 OnwardsAC 15/16Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)Hong Kong International Airport (HKG)
May 17, 2016 Onwards[1]Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)London Heathrow Airport (LHR)
May 17, 2016 OnwardsAC 33/34Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)Vancouver International Airport (YVR) - Sydney Airport (SYD)
May 17, 2016 OnwardsAC 90/91Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)São Paulo - Guarulhos International Airport (GRU)

777-300ER (77F/77WC)

May 11, 2016 OnwardsAC 31/32Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK)
May 11, 2016 OnwardsAC 872/873
AC 876/877
Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)Frankfurt Airport (FRA)
May 11, 2016 Onwards[1]Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)London Heathrow Airport (LHR)
May 11, 2016 OnwardsAC 880/881Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)Paris Charles du Gaulle Airport (CDG)
May 11, 2016 OnwardsAC 87/88Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG)
May 11, 2016 OnwardsAC 5/6Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)Tokyo Haneda International Airport (HND)
May 11, 2016 OnwardsAC 29/30Vancouver International Airport (YVR)Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK)

777-300HD (77W/77WH)

March 4, 2016 OnwardsAC 870/871Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL)Paris Charles du Gaulle Airport (CDG)
March 30, 2016 OnwardsAC 874/875 [2]Vancouver International Airport (YVR)Frankfurt Airport (FRA)
March 30, 2016 OnwardsAC 854/855Vancouver International Airport (YVR)London Heathrow Airport (LHR)
May 1, 2016 OnwardsAC 864/865Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL)London Heathrow Airport (LHR)
[1] YYZ <> LHR has multiple flights using Boeing 777s. Aircrafts could be swapped

[2] YYZ <> FRA is using an Airbus A330 currently. It will be scheduled to be upgauged to the 77WH variant by May 11, 2016.

Follow this link for more insights to the cabin updates.

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