Air Canada`s Executive First customers will be able to experience a new level of comfort, amenities and entertainment as the airline takes delivery of two new Airbus A340-300s June 1 and 28. Moreover, Air Canada`s new fleet of six Airbus A330-300s which begin to be delivered in October 1999 will also be equipped with these state-of-the-art enhancements in entertainment and comfort.
The new A340s and A330s feature newly-designed Executive First seats with four-way lumbar support and six-way adjustable head rests for optimum inflight cocooning. The seat cushions are specially-designed for maximum comfort on long flights. Power ports will be available for laptop computers. The seats also feature individual reading lights. Executive First customers will appreciate the larger washrooms, not to mention the addition of a third washroom in the Executive First cabin.
The centrepiece of the cabin is the new Sony [email protected] ? Entertainment System with personal in-seat screens. The completely digital system features `on demand` video and audio programming designed to provide Executive First customers approximately 72 hours of movies, television shows and music. They can also start, stop or change their selection any time they want with their own seat controls. Individual screens measure a generous 22 cm (8.8 inches) diagonally.
“The new Executive First features available on these aircraft strengthen Air Canada`s position as the airline of choice among international premium passengers,” said Rupert Duchesne, Vice President, Marketing.
Air Canada`s service has recently garnered a number of awards including `Best Airline for Travel to Canada` voted by readers of Business Traveler International magazine. In addition, Air Canada was voted best Passenger Service Airline in the world by Air Transport World Magazine and was also honoured with four distinctions at the 1999 OAG Airline of the Year Awards.
The delivery of the new Airbus aircraft is part of the airline`s ongoing fleet renewal program designed to equip the airline the most modern, comfortable and cost-efficient aircraft. As of June 1999, the average age of the Air Canada fleet stands at 8.3 years - one of the youngest airline fleets in the world.