Air Canada has placed an order for up to 30 aircraft, according to a statement from Boeing.
On September 25, 2023, the two aviation giants announced that Canada’s national airline had reached an agreement to buy 18 787-10 Dreamliner widebody jets, with the option to buy 12 more.
“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,” said Michael Rousseau, president and CEO of Air Canada.
The first new aircraft is expected to be delivered in Q4 2025, and the final one is expected in Q1 2027.
Currently, Air Canada has a fleet of 38 787 aircraft, including 30 787-9 and 8 787-8 aircraft. The airline is also anticipating the arrival of two additional 787-9 planes from an earlier order.
The 787-10, the largest model in the family, has a range of 6,330 nautical miles (11,730 km) and can accommodate up to 336 passengers.
The newest Dreamline, the 787-10, is a stretched version of the 787-9 and is the longest in the 787 family.
“With the 787 Dreamliner family, Air Canada will soon operate one of the most modern, efficient widebody fleets in the world,” said Stan Deal, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “The 787-10 will provide Air Canada with greater flexibility and commonality across its expansive network, connecting Canadians to destinations around the world.”
The purchase of the new aircraft is a part of Air Canada’s ongoing fleet renewal program, which also includes the airline’s ongoing receipt of new Airbus A220 aircraft and its plans to begin purchasing 28 extra-long range (XLR) Airbus A321neo aircraft in 2025.
Air Canada confirmed the 787-10 aircraft order with Boeing today replacing a previously announced agreement to buy two Boeing 777 freighter aircraft.
With more than 550 suppliers, Canada is one of Boeing’s largest international supply bases.
More than 295 orders and commitments have been placed for the 787 over the past year.
Four airlines currently or will soon operate fleets with all three 787 Dreamliner variants, making up nearly half of all operators.