Air Canada Intl Expansion to Go West Summer 2013

Air Canada Boeing 777-300ER

Air Canada Boeing 777-300ER used for Extended Range International Flights

Air Canada 2013 International Expansion

Air Canada is going west with a series of international expansions in 2013, primarily in high-demand Asian markets. Highlights include non-stop flights between Toronto Pearson International (YYZ) and Seoul’s Incheon Airport (ICN), daily service to Beijing Capital Int’l Airport (PEK) from Toronto (YYZ) and Vancouver (YVR), and increasing the frequency to daily on the Calgary (YYC) – Tokyo-Narita (NRT) nonstop.

New service from Toronto (YYZ) to Istanbul Ataturk (IST), where East meets West, is also in the works.

Ben Smith, Air Canada Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, said, “Air Canada is seizing the opportunities of the Pacific Century with the most far-reaching international expansion of its schedule in its 75-year history. Our new routes embrace the world from Istanbul to Seoul and deepen our already extensive Asian service. With our Asia expansion alone, we will be flying 11 daily departures or more than 43,000 seats a week across the Pacific Ocean this summer – a commitment of up to 14 widebody aircraft valued in excess of $2 billion. Our service to Istanbul, the bridge between Europe and Asia, adds an exciting destination to the Air Canada network with easy connections throughout Turkey and points in Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa with our Star Alliance partner Turkish Airlines.”

Air Canada 2013 Summer Expansion Dates and Details

  • Nonstop flights to Istanbul Ataturk will start on June 4, 2013.    The route will be flown three times a week with a Boeing 767-300ER aircraft.
  • New flights between Toronto (YYZ) and Seoul Incheon (ICN) will begin on June 2, 2013, making Seoul the fifth Asian destination from Air Canada’s Toronto Hub.   The new service will also operate three times a week using Boeing 777-300ER equipment (pictured above) and will compliment  existing Vancouver (YVR) to Seoul Incheon (ICN) flights.
  • Toronto (YYZ) to Beijing (PEK) will see three additional weekly departures as of June 1, 2013.  The trek from Toronto to Beijing will be operated with the Boeing 777-300ER, complimenting existing daily service for a total of ten weekly flights.
  • Vancouver (YVR) to Beijing (PEK) will gain an additional four weekly departures beginning June 1, 2013, flown with the Boeing 767-300ER aircraft, for a total of 11 flights each week.
  • Calgary (YYC) to Tokyo-Narita (NRT) will operate daily as of May 1, 2013, with the Boeing 767-300ER.
Air Canada 767-300ER

Air Canada Boeing 767-300ER parked next to the larger Boeing 777

Air Canada Long-Haul Equipment

The Boeing 767-300ER and larger Boeing 777 are parked next to each other at adjacent gates in Vancouver (YVR) in the above photo, to provide a comparison of the two aircraft. Both play an important role when it comes to Air Canada’s long-haul flights.

Air Canada 767 and 777 Economy Cabin

Comparison of Air Canada Boeing 767-300 (left) and Boeing 777 (right) Economy Cabin

The above image compares the interior of the Boeing 767-300 (left) and the Boeing 777 (right) in the Economy Cabin. The smaller Boeing 767-300 has seats in a “2 x 3 x 2” layout, resulting in only one seat per row of the despised “middle seat” while the larger Boeing 777 has a “3 x 3 x 3” seating layout, which many prefer over the 2 x 5 x 2 layout other carriers use.

The Air Canada Boeing 777 fleet is made up of two variants, the Boeing 777-200LR (Long Range) and the larger Boeing 777-300ER (Extended Range).

For creature comfort, the aircraft are outfitted with new in-flight entertainment systems, allowing passengers to view the latest hits via personal TV units.

Air Canada Boeing 777-200LR (Long Range)

Air Canada 777-200LR Seating Chart

Air Canada 777-200LR Seat Map

The Boeing 777-200LR model is configured with 42 seats in First Class and 228 in Economy. For those who need power to keep laptops and other mobile devices charged, 110 Volt power outlets are located through-out the aircraft, with the exception of seats 19CH, 30G, 31ABC, and 31HJK.

Powered by GE90-110B1 Engines, the aircraft has an incredible range of 10,840 miles.

Air Canada Boeing 777-300ER (Extended Range)

Air Canada 777-300ER Seating Map

Air Canada 777-300ER Seat Map

The Boeing 777-300ER is the larger of the two models, configured with 42 seats in First Class and 307 seats in the Economy Cabin. Like the long range model, 110 Volt power outlets are present through-out the aircraft except seats 19CH, 30G, 31ABC, 31HJK, 50ABC, 50HJK, and 51G.

The larger -300ER has a range of 9,068 miles and is powered by GE90-115B Engines.

Air Canada Boeing 767-300ER

The 767-300ER is a bit more cozy than the larger Boeing 777. At the moment, Air Canada has five variants of this aircraft with most having a refurbished passenger cabin with personal touch screen television units. In general, you’ll find approximately 200 seats on-board and 110 volt power outlets in most rows.

A few Boeing 767 aircraft are in the Air Canada fleet which have an older cabin layout. These aircraft generally operate flights to Athens (ATH), Barcelona (BCN), Madrid (MAD), Dublin (DUB) as well as Montego Bay, Varadero, and the Hawaiian Islands.

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