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After tragedy struck twice, governing bodies around the world grounded Boeing 737-MAX aircraft until more could be understood. The 737 is one of the most relied upon aircraft in the world, and with planes grounded, keeping up airline schedules in the meantime can be difficult at the best of times, and impossible the rest. Air Canada has come up with a unique solution to this problem, and it’s one which will not only keep passengers moving, but actually upgrade some too. The airline will fly its best wide body, long haul aircraft to new USA routes…

Air Canada USA Wide Body A330, 787, 777 Routes

The 777, 787 And Airbus A330 are the staples of Air Canada’s long haul route map. Each plane offers fully flat beds with direct aisle access in business class, a few welcomed extra inches in economy and a delightful premium economy cabin in between.

To compensate for the Boeing 737-MAX being out of service, Air Canada has upped the USA ante, adding these long haul planes to Montreal routes which typically only receive narrow body, short haul planes. In prior months Toronto an Vancouver were the only airports with wide body service to the USA.

Passengers traveling from Montreal or Toronto to San Francisco or Los Angeles in the near future will likely end up on a Boeing 777, 787 or Airbus A330. Air Canada will also continue 787 service from Vancouver to Newark.

That means your economy seat may become premium economy, or your business class seat may become a business class bed.

How Long Will It Last?

For now, the planes are only being added one week at a time, as the airline and others hope to return the 737-MAX to the skies. Here are the Montreal flights to which these long haul aircraft are being added…

And here are the flights from Toronto (YYZ) which also offer Boeing 777 and 787 Dreamliner wide body service, with the much improved seating…

If you had a flight booked, this is great news. If you don’t have a flight booked, and need one, this is great news – especially if you’re using points. It’s nice to see Air Canada turning a really difficult travel situation into a nice opportunity for passengers to enjoy their flights between the US and Canada.

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