How fuel efficient is the Boeing 787? Air Canada explains

The Boeing 787 is making Air Canada a lot more competitive in some markets. Photo: Air Canada. 

The Boeing 787 is making Air Canada a lot more competitive in some markets. Photo: Air Canada. 

Air Canada will soon be among the world's largest Boeing 787 operators, and it has big plans for the plane, already deploying it to Tel Aviv, Shanghai and Tokyo, with many more destinations to come. [New Delhi and Dubai start soon from Toronto.]

This week I learned some interesting facts about the 787's efficiency from an Air Canada presentation. The airline gave the Toronto-Tel Aviv route as an example. On that route, Air Canada flies a Boeing 787-8.

Here's what Air Canada told investors: 

  • The B787 can accommodate 31% more passengers than the Boeing 767 that previously flew to Tel Aviv. 
  • The 787 can carry 352% more cargo than the 767
  • The 787 uses 3% less fuel than the 767.

The airline also included this slide: 

Air Canada now has nine Boeing 787s, but it will have 34 by 2018, according to the investor presentation. Next year, it is scheduled to add 12. 

As part of its Boeing 787 rollout, Air Canada has produced some slick videos promoting the airplane. Yes, they're mainly a public relations tool, but some are interesting.

Here's Klaus Goersch, Air Canada's COO, speaking from the airline's operations center about why the Boeing 787 is such a game changer. 


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