Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

November 29, 2021
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Air Canada’s dream machine

The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Air Canada’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner just landed. The airline will have 37 by the end of 2019. Fifty percent of the 787 is made of composite materials and just 20 percent aluminum. The 787 is 20 percent more fuel efficient than the 767 it’ll replace. That means less risk of metal fatigue thus a higher cabin pressure and humidity level are possible, which’ll be comfier for flyers. Its International Business Class features 20 lie-flat Executive Pods and 18-inch personal entertainment screens. Its Premium Economy Cabin has 21, 19.5-inch seats with 38 inches of legroom. Economy has 210 seats — and not much else. The aircraft’s dimmer-switch-controlled windows are larger than average, and each seat has a universal power and USB outlet. The 787 will be previewed on some domestic and transatlantic flights. AC’s first new route with 787 service will be Toronto-Tokyo/Haneda in July. Its Toronto-Tel Aviv route will convert to 787 service this summer; its Vancouver routes to Tokyo and Shanghai over the 2014-2015 winter.

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