a bed in a plane

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…

a white airplane flying over waterAir 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.

a bed in a planeHow 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…

a screenshot of a computer

a screenshot of a computer

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

a screenshot of a computer

a screenshot of a computer

a screenshot of a computer

a screenshot of a computer

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.

Gilbert Ott

Gilbert Ott is an ever curious traveler and one of the world's leading travel experts. His adventures take him all over the globe, often spanning over 200,000 miles a year and his travel exploits are regularly...

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  1. YYZ to SFO and LAX have had widebody 777/787 service for the past few years year round, its a regular part of the schedule and nothing to do with the MAX. Usually it was only one daily service to each though, they have now added a 2nd daily widebody rotation to cover for the MAX grounding.
    Its really only the YUL flights that have been up gauged temporarily.

      1. Ah yes missed…..
        “In prior months Toronto an Vancouver were the only airports with wide body service to the USA.”
        ……that line 🙂
        Thought you were saying the YYZ flights were due to the MAX situation!

  2. Any update on What’s happening to LHR to YYT LONDON Heathrow to St John’s Newfoundland? Please? Especially in June

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