Aviation

Luxury moves from the Great North down under

Hannah Edensor

Air Canada today announced that it will bring its business-focused products on journeys down under.

For the first time, the airline will offer its new Premium Economy and International Business class products on its daily B777-200 non-stop flights between Sydney and Vancouver, starting May 2016.

The airline will, from 17 May 2016, offer 40 seats in its new International Business Class, 24 seats in Premium Economy Class and 236 seats in Economy Class.

Passengers in International Business Class will relax in Air Canada’s next generation lie-flat ‘Executive Pods’, which feature an adjustable pneumatic cushion headrest, an 18-inch personal entertainment screen and noise-cancelling headsets. The seats are also arranged in 1-2-1 configuration, guaranteeing direct aisle access with window views.

Premium Economy also offers passengers greater legroom and recline, along with wider seats equipped with a 9- or 11-inch enhanced definition, intuitive-touch personal entertainment screen.

In addition, Premium Economy passengers enjoy premium meals, complimentary bar service and priority check-in and baggage delivery at the airport.

The new-look B777-200 aircraft will also offer a re-designed Economy cabin, offering an upgraded in-flight entertainment system available free at every seat.

Air Canada’s gm for Australia and New Zealand Paul McLean says the arrival of the new three-class on-board product caps an exciting period for the airline.

“This development comes just one month after we announced plans to launch non-stop Brisbane-Vancouver services in June 2016 using our new B787-9 Dreamliner aircraft,” McLean said.

“It means that not only is our network expanding out of Australia, but that from mid-2016 all of our passengers will experience our latest world-class on-board product.”

Air Canada’s services from Australia are timed to optimise connectivity to and from the airline’s North American network, which includes direct services to 64 Canadian cities and 52 destinations in the United States.

All Air Canada flights provide for Aeroplan accumulation and redemption and, for eligible customers, priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounge access, priority boarding and other benefits.

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