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Air Canada Airbus A330-300 refurbishments

Old Oct 3, 2016, 10:53 pm
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Note: please keep this thread to information on the refurbishment program and its progress; for discussion of which seats are best and other details about the interiors, please visit the seating information thread.

A330-300 Fleet Overview

AC currently has three two configurations of 333:
  • Dream Cabin (16 aircraft): new configuration more in line with the product on AC's 787 and 777 fleets (seat map)
  • XM: AC's old configuration dating from the mid-2000s, which is being phased out (seat map)
  • SQ (2 aircraft): Singapore Airlines configuration, which is being phased out (seat map)
    • Important note: the front cabin on these aircraft is an angle-flat product in a 2-2-2 layout that was SQ's "regional" business class. On flights within North America, AC sells it as J; on international flights, they sell it as PY. These aircraft do not have a normal PY cabin
    • As of October 2023, these aircraft appear to be mostly used on YYZ/YUL-BOG, YUL-ALG, and domestic/TB TCONs (e.g. YUL-YVR/LAX)

The aircraft are gradually being refurbished to the Dream Cabin standard.


Status of Dream Cabin Refurbishment

Code:
32J 24O 241Y: 297 pax
C-GFAF (931) Completed @HKG, Oct 01/23 - Dec 09/23 [69 days]
C-GFAH (932) Completed @QPG, Aug 10/21 - Oct 05/21 [56 days]
C-GFAJ (933) Completed @QPG, Nov 24/21 - Jan 12/22 [49 days]
C-GFUR (934) Completed @QPG, Oct 08/19 - Feb 28/20 [143 days]
C-GHKR (935) Completed @QPG, Oct 04/21 - Nov 25/21 [52 days]
C-GHKW (936) Completed @HKG, Nov 27/21 - Feb 21/22 [86 days]
C-GHKX (937) Completed @RFD, Sep 02/20 - May 30/21 [271 days]
C-GHLM (938) Completed @HKG, Sep 30/22 - Dec 11/22 [72 days]
C-GEFA (939) Completed @RFD, Dec 31/20 - Mar 29/21 [89 days]
C-GEGC (940) Completed @QPG, May 17/22 - Jul 21/22 [67 days]
C-GEGI (941) Completed @QPG, Jan 10/22 - Mar 11/22 [60 days]
C-GEGP (942) Completed @QPG, Nov 06/19 - Jul 01/20 [238 days]
C-GHKC (943) Completed @HKG, Feb 21/22 - May 05/22 [73 days]
C-GKUG (944) Completed @QPG, Mar 02/20 - Feb 10/21 [345 days]
C-GKUH (945) Completed @RFD, Oct 08/20 - Jan 12/21 [99 days]
C-GOFV (946) SQ configuration
C-GOFW (947) Completed @QPG, Feb 03/22 - May 20/22 [107 days]
C-GXZD (948) Was SQ configuration; TBD [Either maintenance or refurb @MZJ, Nov 08/23 - Jan 20/24 [73 days]]
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Air Canada Airbus A330-300 refurbishments

Old Nov 4, 2016, 7:35 am
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Originally Posted by CloudsBelow
So much chatter about this company vs that company. This airline vs that airline. Hard to imagine people seriously think for-profit companies would limit $$ potential for "passenger comfort" if an alternative solution would make more money.
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Whats your theory on the serious thinking at JL, TK, BA, CX et al?
Hmmmm ....... Where were we? .....
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Old Nov 4, 2016, 12:34 pm
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Originally Posted by CloudsBelow
Hmmmm ....... Where were we? .....
Still waiting on TK and JL :P

And cut me some slack on BA; Brexit and the pound slump kinda forced that, no? Not that I have any sympathy for anyone who flies BA.

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Old Nov 4, 2016, 4:23 pm
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Looks like C-GFAH is on its way for retrofit.

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/CGFAH
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Old Nov 5, 2016, 11:48 am
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Originally Posted by monkai
Looks like C-GFAH is on its way for retrofit.

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/CGFAH
So that's 3 of the 8 in at once. They certainly aren't going slowly.
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Old Nov 5, 2016, 12:01 pm
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Originally Posted by rehoult
So that's 3 of the 8 in at once. They certainly aren't going slowly.
Considering how often these birds go MX, I guess AC is used to operating with a few missing from the fleet
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Old Nov 5, 2016, 12:37 pm
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Originally Posted by ffsim
Considering how often these birds go MX, I guess AC is used to operating with a few missing from the fleet
^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^

Hopefully they come back with a better dispatch rate, along with the refreshed cabins...

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Old Nov 5, 2016, 3:28 pm
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Originally Posted by rehoult
So that's 3 of the 8 in at once. They certainly aren't going slowly.
Isn't Nov/early Dec usually slow for airlines?
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Old Nov 5, 2016, 5:04 pm
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Originally Posted by Wpgjetse
Isn't Nov/early Dec usually slow for airlines?
Somewhat, it's certainly not an unusual maintenance time.
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Old Nov 8, 2016, 1:47 pm
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C-GHLM flew a test flight today it appears. Expect it'll rotate back soon.
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Old Nov 8, 2016, 6:11 pm
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Originally Posted by ACYYZ/SD
It's still early in the game and Summer schedules have not been finalized. YUL has been rumoured to be getting the bulk of the A330 flying for S17, and would not be at all surprised to see the 787-9 or 77L/77W on the route.
Pretty sure most if not all of them will be bases at YUL. Just looking at the schedule for next summer the following routes are A333.

AC301 YUL-YVR
AC874 YUL-FRA
AC884 YUL-CDG
AC832 YUL-BRU
AC834 YUL-GVA
AC892 YUL-FCO
AC823 YUL-LYS
AC824 YYZ-AMS

Thats all 8 aircrafts, however I don't count AC301 as it will be back in time to operate an international flight from YUL in the evening.

There are still very strong rumors going around that YUL-CMN is to be switched to mainline and the A333 would be a great plane for the route. Plus they still need to figure out what they will be doing with that 788 arriving from PVG at night. I can't see it siting at YUL overnight.
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Old Nov 8, 2016, 6:32 pm
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Originally Posted by alexdelzotto
they still need to figure out what they will be doing with that 788 arriving from PVG at night. I can't see it siting at YUL overnight.
I'm hoping they do. They can keep the aircraft busy, by cleaning it before putting it into service the next day.
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Old Nov 8, 2016, 8:07 pm
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Originally Posted by alexdelzotto
Pretty sure most if not all of them will be bases at YUL. Just looking at the schedule for next summer the following routes are A333.

AC301 YUL-YVR
AC874 YUL-FRA
AC884 YUL-CDG
AC832 YUL-BRU
AC834 YUL-GVA
AC892 YUL-FCO
AC823 YUL-LYS
AC824 YYZ-AMS

Thats all 8 aircrafts, however I don't count AC301 as it will be back in time to operate an international flight from YUL in the evening.

There are still very strong rumors going around that YUL-CMN is to be switched to mainline and the A333 would be a great plane for the route. Plus they still need to figure out what they will be doing with that 788 arriving from PVG at night. I can't see it siting at YUL overnight.
If YYZ-AMS will indeed be operated by 333, I suspect a YUL-YYZ flight will be opereated by 333 as well to ferry in the aircraft.
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Old Nov 8, 2016, 8:40 pm
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Originally Posted by songsc
If YYZ-AMS will indeed be operated by 333, I suspect a YUL-YYZ flight will be opereated by 333 as well to ferry in the aircraft.
I didn't count the 2 or 3 rapidair flights that will be operated by A333.
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Old Nov 9, 2016, 12:13 pm
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Originally Posted by jasdou
By turning the lavs into PY seats? Or installing a PY seat in the galley?
The current "B" cabin. Removal of the R2 lav and the garment cupboards across from 10A. Suspect the aft facing section of the mid-galley will be removed or modified as less J seats will diminish the catering stowage requirements.
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Old Nov 10, 2016, 7:06 am
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Originally Posted by songsc
If YYZ-AMS will indeed be operated by 333, I suspect a YUL-YYZ flight will be opereated by 333 as well to ferry in the aircraft.
the BRU and GVA flights already originate at YYZ.
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