With the introduction of the new mainline Boeing 737 MAX-8 aircraft to its fleet later this year, Air Canada will be increasing service to Hawaii and Mexico in winter 2018/2019.
The carrier has announced that the fuel-efficient aircraft will be used for a new three-times a week service to Kauai, which begins December 15th. It will also be used on existing routes from Western Canada (Vancouver and Calgary) to Honolulu (Oahu), Maui, Kona (Hawaii), Cancun, Ixtapa, Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos.
The 737 MAX uses 20 per cent less fuel per seat than the original Next-Generation 737.
“The introduction of the fuel-efficient Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft to our fleet has given us tremendous flexibility to strategically enhance our already extensive North American network, and offer more flights to popular destinations with more connection options from our Vancouver and Calgary hub airports. With 41 weekly flights next winter to Hawaii, we’re very pleased to launch new flights to Kauai, as well as double the number of flights from Western Canada and offer day-time return flight options from Honolulu and Maui to Vancouver,” said Benjamin Smith, president, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada. “The new 737 MAX is the mainstay of our refreshed North American fleet, and customers are already enjoying the next generation of our onboard entertainment system, ample storage space in its generous overhead bins and the ability to stay connected during flight with WiFi.”
Air Canada has configured its 737 MAX with two cabins of service: North American Business and Economy. Features of the new aircraft include:
- Improved seats and innovative LED mood lighting along the ceiling;
- an upgraded in-flight entertainment system with a sleek, new 15 language user interface (coming soon: passengers will be able to stream video and audio to their own devices);
- faster WiFi due to antennas with the highest bandwidth available in the industry (available this year);
- upgraded overhead storage space compartments with enough room for every passenger to store a carry-on bag;
- and quiet engine technology for up to 40 per cent less noise.
Air Canada has 61 firm orders for the 737 MAX. They are to be delivered by 2021, with 18 due to enter the fleet by the end of 2018. The 737 MAX uses 20 per cent less fuel per seat than the original Next-Generation 737.