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First airline in Canada receives Dreamliner

By Staff Reports on May 19, 2014

Boeing delivered a 787 Dreamliner to Air Canada, the first airline in Canada to fly the Dreamliner.

The airplane, the first of Air Canada's 37 787s on order for delivery through 2019, departed Paine Field in Everett, Wash., on its delivery flight to Toronto.

"The 787 Dreamliner will immediately make a dramatic improvement to our fleet capabilities," said Calin Rovinescu, president and CEO, Air Canada. "The improvement in fuel use is extremely exciting for us."  

Air Canada announced it will use the 787 on its Toronto-Tel Aviv routes, as well as launch a new destination, Tokyo's Haneda Airport. The 787 is 20 percent more fuel efficient than similar-sized airplanes it will replace in Air Canada's fleet.

"The 787 Dreamliner is a wonderful addition to Air Canada's fleet," said Brad McMullen, vice president of North America Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "The 787 will enable Air Canada to connect Canada and the world."

Made from composite materials, the 787 Dreamliner is the first mid-size airplane capable of flying long-range routes and will allow airlines to open new, non-stop routes.

To support Air Canada's 787 Dreamliners, Boeing will provide a comprehensive suite of support and services through its Commercial Aviation Services business. Air Canada will receive flight and maintenance training and in-flight pilot training services.