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Air Canada unveils first upgraded Airbus A321

Air Canada has unveiled its first upgraded Airbus A321 aircraft with new interiors. Along with new seats, the aircraft has some very interesting and cool features. Let’s go over the details!

Air Canada is continuing to invest in passenger experience across its fleet of Airbus A320s and A321s which will feature a new cabin interior, new technologies and services such as Bluetooth audio, and free high-speed internet sponsored by Bell.

The coolest feature the upgraded A320s and A321s will feature is outside cameras, both on tail and under the aircraft’s belly, a first for narrow-body aircraft, enabling passengers to have a real-time bird’s eye view of the surroundings. Passengers on board Air Canada flight AC692 operated with Fin 451 (C-GITU) on Saturday (21st October 2023) shared a pilot’s eye view of the take-off due to new exterior cameras connected to the aircraft’s seatback entertainment system.

Onboard camera

We’re proud to welcome customers on board to experience the comfort, convenience, and connectivity of our latest cabins. These upgraded fleet interiors will align the A320s and A321s to the highly popular A220 experience, further strengthening our industry leading product offering. Additionally, new features such as our inflight entertainment system streaming exterior aircraft camera feeds, Bluetooth connectivity, and free, fast internet connectivity will be extremely popular with travellers. We will continue advancing our product leadership by trialing more new in-flight experiences with this A321 and expanding those learnings to additional aircraft in our fleet.

said Mark Nasr, Executive Vice President, Marketing and Digital, and President of Aeroplan.

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The upgraded cabins in Air Canada A320s and A321s will feature Airbus Airspace XL design overhead bins, the largest overhead bins in-class that will also be installed on the Airbus A321XLRs. The seats are also upgraded, presenting a standardized product across the Air Canada narrowbody fleet in both Business Class and Economy Class.

Air Canada A321

Air Canada’s newest IFE system will feature a Bluetooth-enabled seatback monitor. Passengers will be able to connect their personal headsets while watching video on demand, live TV, or listening to podcasts or music. This initiative helps reduce usage of single-use headphones and supports Air Canada’s sustainability objectives in reducing waste.

The upgraded Airbus fleet will also feature full-colour LED mood lighting, allowing different ambiances to be set depending on time of day and phase of flight. Additionally, all passengers will have access to paid Wi-Fi service and will also have access to access to power outlets, USB-A, and USB-C ports.

The new IFE system being installed on the Airbus A321 and A320 fleets will feature Air Canada’s inflight entertainment system, which the airline claims to be one of the best in the Americas. Passengers can also enjoy live TV on their flights with this new cabin, featuring BNN, CTV, LCN, RDS, TSN1 and TSN2 available on all flights operated by this aircraft, including when flying over the US.

Air Canada’s remaining 14 Airbus A321s and its eight A320s will be retrofitted starting this fall through to the end of 2025. With these upgrades, passengers will benefit from an elevated narrow-body cabin experience, in line with the cabins of the Airbus A220 and Boeing 737 MAX aircraft that comprise the majority of Air Canada’s narrowbody fleet.

The new cabin also reduces the overall weight of the A321 by approximately 240 kilograms, which will reduce fuel consumption for the entire fleet once the work is completed by more than 2.4 million litres and reduce GHG emissions by 6,256 tCO2 equivalent per year, or the equivalent of the electricity used annually by 4,185 Canadian homes.

Featured image by Air Canada

Both the other images by Air Canada

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