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A photo tour of Air Canada’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner—coming to an airspace near you in 2014

Captain Michael Downey, currently the only Air Canada pilot certified to fly the Dreamliner (Image: David Pike)

On Friday, we went to Air Canada’s hangar to preview its Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the newest airplane in its fleet, which will hit the skies beginning in 2014 (seven more will debut later that year, and another 30 between 2015 and 2019). The plane is being heralded for its capacity to carry up to 17 tonnes of cargo, which is 55 per cent more than the company’s 767-300ER can carry. From the looks of it we can tell you this: overhead storage could fit a human body, and the six-foot-seven first-class clearance means there’s a lot of room to feel smug about travelling business class. Even the windows are 30 per cent larger than those of other aircraft flying out of Pearson, and they can be dimmed at the touch of a button (no more agonizing over shoddy shutters to help you sleep). Between 210 and 290 passengers will fly in each aircraft, and they’re going to feel very, very small (in the best possible way).

Take a photo tour of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner »