Air Canada will begin taking delivery of the first of its 37 new Boeing
787s beginning in the first quarter of 2014, according to the carrier's executive vice president Michael Rousseau, who talked about the airline's fleet renewal plans during a quarterly earnings call Wednesday.
The Canadian flag carrier has split its order of 787s between the 787-8 and larger 787-9 variants. Boeing
will deliver a total of six 787s in 2014, instead of seven as originally planned. One of the aircraft scheduled for delivery in December has been delayed for delivery in January 2015.
"Starting in the first quarter of 2014 we expect to take delivery of the first of 37 Boeing 787 aircraft, comprised of 15 787-8s and 22 787-9s," said Rousseau.
The 787s will be used to replace 767s on existing routes, and those aircraft will be reconfigured and transferred to the airline's new leisure subsidiary, Air Canada rouge. The rouge brand was launched earlier this year primarily to fly travelers from locations in Canada to sun markets such as Jamaica and Costa Rica.
According to Rousseau, Air Canada has financing commitments from Boeing to cover 31 of the 37 Dreamliners on order.
Air Canada also plans on adding four Boeing 777-300ERs to its fleet by the end of this year for use on international routes.
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