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Air Canada celebrates first Dreamliner delivery

Air Canada has celebrated the delivery of its first 787 Dreamliner, one of 37 set to be delivered through to 2019.

The 787 will be used on the airline's Toronto - Tel Aviv services and it will also be instrumental in launching a new route to Tokyo's Haneda Airport.

The carrier's new Dreamliner will include an International Business Class Cabin with 20 seats and 21 seats for Premium Economy passengers.

The aircraft will also feature better lighting, larger windows and overhead storage bins, lower cabin altitude and improved ventilation systems throughout the interior.

"The 787 Dreamliner will immediately make a dramatic improvement to our fleet capabilities," said president and chief executive officer of Air Canada Calin Rovinescu.

"The improvement in fuel use is extremely exciting for us. The range and economics unlock new destinations for customers, who will love the innovative look and comfort onboard."

The Dreamliner is the first airplane of its size that is capable of flying on long-range routes. Airlines using the 787 model will be able to provide more non-stop routes and benefit from better fuel economy and lower operating costs.

"The 787 will enable Air Canada to connect Canada and the world, while improving the flying experience of passengers as well as the company's bottom line," said Boeing's vice president of North America Sales Brad McMullen.

The 787 is 20 per cent more fuel efficient than the aircraft it will be replacing in Air Canada's fleet.