Posted on: 27 May 2015 by Ross McSweeny
Air Canada rouge is upgrading the in-flight entertainment (IFE) system on its Airbus A319 and Boeing 767 aircraft.
Air Canada’s IFE system, called player, can stream content to passengers’ personal electronic devices for free once they’ve downloaded the complimentary app. The carrier also provides iPad Air 2 tablets for rental on-board which have been upgraded to feature dozens of new release films and games for both one and two players. iPad rentals are complimentary in the premium rouge cabin.
The airline is also due to complete the re-configuration of premium cabins across its 20 A319s in mid-June. Its current 3×3 seating arrangement with a blocked middle seat is being replaced by two side-by-side business class seats in a 2×2 setup. The seat also features a centre console, pop-out cocktail tray between the two seats, a coat hook at every seat, 110-volt power plug and a USB port.
“We continue to strategically deploy Air Canada rouge on routes with high leisure travel demand as part of our strategy for sustainable, profitable growth. These product improvements, including business class seating offering the same or more space than equivalent seating on wide-body rouge Boeing 767 aircraft, provides customers with a market leading premium leisure product in North America,” explained Benjamin Smith, president of passenger airlines at Air Canada.
Finally, Air Canada rouge will also increase carry-on space throughout its Airbus A319 fleet by 30% with the installation of new overhead bin doors this summer.