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:
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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.
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.
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.
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.
The following is the tentative schedule of the retrofit aircrafts. This may change based on retrofit progress.
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 YYZ <> LHR has multiple flights using Boeing 777s. Aircrafts could be swapped
 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.