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Should you book Air Canada's new Dreamliner? Check it out first

Bigger windows, head-rest massages, espresso in the air and brag-worthy TV screens: Air Canada's new wide-body plane starts service this summer

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The international business-class cabin features 20 lie-flat seat beds. Travellers may fly Air Canada's new plane on select domestic and transatlantic flights this summer as the 787 aircraft are introduced into the fleet.


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Book the international business-class cabin and you’ll find headrests that give massages, an 18-inch entertainment screen, power and USB outlets in every seat and direct-aisle access with window views – and those windows, promises the airline, are the largest ones you’ll find on any aircraft.


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Still not satisfied? Later this year Air Canada begins serving espresso and cappuccino to international business-class customers.


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Travellers who book premium economy seats on the 787 Dreamliner get 38-inches of legroom and wider 19.5-inch seats with a 7-inch recline. Power/USB outlets also come with each seat.


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Seatback screens in the Dreamliner’s premium economy cabin range from 9 to 11 inches. Ambient mood lighting and higher humidity levels (in all sections) are hoped to improve the passenger’s experience.


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Stuck in economy? Nothing much changes here - USB and power outlets are “available at arm’s reach,” according to the airline.


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The Dreamliner's first Air Canada route will be Toronto to Tokyo/Haneda, starting in July.

Timothy McGuire

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