Air Canada has given its planes and uniforms a makeover to coincide with the country’s 150th anniversary. The new look was revealed at three events held simultaneously in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.
“Air Canada’s new livery signals a pivotal inflection point in our 80-year history,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines, at the event in Toronto, where the airline’s largest hub is located. “On the occasion of Canada’s 150th anniversary year, with our new livery, new uniforms for our employees, the award-winning international cabin standard introduced with the launch of our Boeing 787 aircraft, and enhanced onboard offerings, the future Air Canada represents the strength of our nation and the future-looking spirit of our airline. On behalf of our 30,000 employees world-wide, it is a privilege to fly Canada’s flag, and we are proud to showcase some of the best of this nation’s talent as we continue to expand Air Canada’s horizons to fly to more than 200 destinations on six continents.”
The airline’s subsidiary, Air Canada Rouge, operates flights from Dublin to Toronto Pearson and Vancouver (launched last year). This year Air Canada and Air Canada Rouge will launch services between Toronto-Mumbai, Toronto-Berlin, Toronto-Reykjavik, Montreal-Shanghai, Montreal-Algiers, Montreal-Marseille, Montreal-Reykjavik, Vancouver-Taipei, Vancouver-Nagoya, Vancouver-Frankfurt, and Vancouver-London Gatwick.
Air Canada will also receive its first Boeing 737 MAX aircraft at the end of 2017, marking the start of its narrowbody fleet renewal program, to be followed in 2019 with the delivery of its first Bombardier C Series aircraft. Air Canada has already taken delivery of 23 new Boeing 787 Dreamliners with 14 more planned by 2019. It also completed the reconfiguration of its Boeing 777 fleet of 25 aircraft with the more modern Dreamliner cabin configuration and inflight entertainment systems
Air Canada’s fleet of 300 mainline and regional aircraft are being repainted in a black and white design that highlights its iconic red maple leaf encircled ensign, or “rondelle,” that returns to the tail of the flag carrier’s fleet after an absence of 24 years.
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