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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 17, 2016, 8:26 pm
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Originally Posted by alexdelzotto
Here you go guys. Yesterday when it was operating YUL-LHR as 864.
Thank you!!!! I'm really surprised that they went with blue PY seats and didn't re-cloth the Y seats, but it looks decent enough.
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Old Nov 17, 2016, 8:51 pm
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It is hard to believe that the bulkhead behind this is section has extra space. It looks cramped.
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Old Nov 17, 2016, 9:15 pm
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Originally Posted by corruptcanadian
It is hard to believe that the bulkhead behind this is section has extra space. It looks cramped.
I've never sat in row 18, but from what I understand it has always been more about knee-room versus legroom, due to that bulkhead.
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Old Nov 17, 2016, 10:04 pm
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Originally Posted by Orcair
I've never sat in row 18, but from what I understand it has always been more about knee-room versus legroom, due to that bulkhead.
Row 18 on the old 777s before HD was pretty decent. But yeah as you mentioned now row 18 only has extra knee room but not much extra leg room.
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Old Nov 18, 2016, 9:34 am
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Originally Posted by Orcair
Thank you!!!! I'm really surprised that they went with blue PY seats and didn't re-cloth the Y seats, but it looks decent enough.
Guessing this was more of a refresh rather than a makeover (plus the addition of PY) based on the anticipated lifespan within mainline for this aircraft.
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Old Nov 18, 2016, 3:43 pm
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Originally Posted by songsc
Row 18 on the old 777s before HD was pretty decent. But yeah as you mentioned now row 18 only has extra knee room but not much extra leg room.
Row 18 on the 333s always had very limited leg room.
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Old Nov 18, 2016, 4:05 pm
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Originally Posted by Mauricio23
Row 18 on the 333s always had very limited leg room.
Which is weird because it is marketed as a preferred seat for extra $$$. Would you suggest I change the seat for transatlantic flight?
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Old Nov 18, 2016, 4:09 pm
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Originally Posted by corruptcanadian
Which is weird because it is marketed as a preferred seat for extra $$$. Would you suggest I change the seat for transatlantic flight?
I really like Row 35 - window seats still have a window and the legroom is excellent. It is close to the lavatories but I don't notice it that much (I've only taken the 333 on domestic flights though...).
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Old Nov 18, 2016, 8:02 pm
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Originally Posted by corruptcanadian
Which is weird because it is marketed as a preferred seat for extra $$$. Would you suggest I change the seat for transatlantic flight?
I've paid for to sit in this row before and never would again - especially with how Preferred Seats are now priced. Good knee room, but no space to stretch out your legs.
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Old Nov 18, 2016, 9:00 pm
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Anybody know what AC is going to do with the PE seats during this phase-in period when they can't be purchased? Will they fly with that section empty, will they allow LMU's or free upgrades to status pax? Will people be able to access them upon check-in?
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Old Nov 19, 2016, 12:27 am
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Originally Posted by corruptcanadian
Which is weird because it is marketed as a preferred seat for extra $$$. Would you suggest I change the seat for transatlantic flight?
Yes. On the old configuration, I just picked row 19, where legroom was more than adequate. On the new configuration, they may have squeezed it to nothingness. If you are willing to pay for a preferred seat, row 35 may be the way to go.
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Old Nov 19, 2016, 10:22 am
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Originally Posted by The Lev
Anybody know what AC is going to do with the PE seats during this phase-in period when they can't be purchased? Will they fly with that section empty, will they allow LMU's or free upgrades to status pax? Will people be able to access them upon check-in?
Pos free upgrade for status pax until they are finished updating them.
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Old Nov 19, 2016, 1:06 pm
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Originally Posted by The Lev
Anybody know what AC is going to do with the PE seats during this phase-in period when they can't be purchased? Will they fly with that section empty, will they allow LMU's or free upgrades to status pax? Will people be able to access them upon check-in?
For last night's YUL-BRU there were courtesy upgrades.
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Old Nov 19, 2016, 1:17 pm
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Originally Posted by alexdelzotto
For last night's YUL-BRU there were courtesy upgrades.
^
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Old Nov 19, 2016, 2:23 pm
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Originally Posted by alexdelzotto
For last night's YUL-BRU there were courtesy upgrades.
Nice touch indeed ^

Does anyone know if there has been any upgrade to the J cabin?
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