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Chris Robinson Travel News: New planes for Air Canada

Air Canada has started flying a brand new aircraft type this week. Flight AC137 from Toronto to Calgary was the first to be operated earlier this week using their new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft.  It’s a 169-seat, fuel-efficient plane, featuring a next generation inflight entertainment system, spacious overhead storage bins and Boeing’s ‘Sky Interior’. The aircraft is planned to become the mainstay of Air Canada’s North American, narrow-body fleet.

This plane is more fuel efficient and quieter than the older, narrow-body aircraft it will replace, which will benefit the environment of course. This increased efficiency should also enable Air Canada to be price competitive and gives the aircraft extended range, so they can launch new city pairings within North America, and routes to select international destinations, such as Iceland and Ireland, which will start next summer. Features of the new aircraft include:

Air Canada has ordered 61 of the new 737 MAX to be delivered by 2021, with 18 due to enter the fleet by the end of 2018.