Boeing 787 Dreamliner lands in Halifax
Air Canada unveiled first of its new fleet of planes this week
One of Air Canada's Boeing 787 Dreamliner commercial airliners made its first scheduled landing at Halifax's Stanfield International Airport Friday afternoon.
The high-tech jet has been touted as the future of commercial aviation. Its lightweight carbon fibre skin allows for bigger windows with electronic dimming instead of pull-down shades.
It also has more comfortable air pressure and higher humidity to prevent dry skin and dry throats, and is 20 per cent more fuel-efficient than its rival airliners.
Air Canada has ordered 37 Dreamliners — at a total cost of $6 billion — and says it will bring six of them into service by year-end. It will take possession of the rest by 2019.
Since its inception, however, the Dreamliner has been plagued by years of launch and delivery delays as well as technical malfunctions.
In November, Boeing had to warn 15 airlines not to fly the new jets at high-altitudes within 50 nautical miles of thunderstorms because of engine icing problems.
In July, a parked 787 caught fire at Britain's Heathrow Airport because of faulty emergency locator transmitters.
Months earlier, several fuel leaks were reported in 787s and all of the new jets were grounded after the battery beneath the cockpit were found to be overheating.
These mishaps resulted in a comprehensive review of the plane's safety by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.
One of the main reasons Air Canada invested in these aircraft is to be able to offer point-to-point service to mid-size destinations such as Tel Aviv and smaller cities in China and India.