Air Canada to add Premium Economy & Update Executive First Seating

Just in from Air Canada, they plan to add a Premium Economy section to their international fleet, including the aircraft operating for their Rouge subsidiary, starting in July. Air Canada will also be taking delivery of five additional Boeing 777-300ERs (77Ws), which will feature 398 slimline seats in Economy, 24 seats in Premium Economy, and 36 seats in Executive First, which will be staggared in a 1 or 2 pair setup. Overall seats on the 77W will go from 349 to 458.

Premium Economy will debut on a flight from Montreal to Paris on July 11th. For passengers flying on Air Canada Rouge, the new configuration will begin operation on July 1st on services from Toronto to Athens, Venice, & Edinburgh, and the service from Montreal to Athens.

Passengers flying in Premium Economy will receive Priority Check-in/boarding/baggage handing. On-board, the seats will offer 7" of additional legroom, a wider seat, AC power outlets, and a larger AVOD screen installed. The seats will be configured in a 2-4-2 configuration, similar to United's Business class cabin on their Boeing 747-400s, and the legacy United 777-200ERs.


I certainly admire Air Canada for updating their fleet to include Premium Economy, and I hope it works well for the airline. Turkish Airlines recently announced their intention to remove Comfort Class, their version of Premium Economy from their 77W fleet. Their CC cabin did feature 64 seats, which apparentely was too much for the airline to support. Instead of reducing the cabin size, it will simply disappear.

Below is the seat-map for Air Canada's updated 77W.

All flights in Premium Economy will earn 100% elite qualifying and redeemable miles if credited to AeroPlan.