KrisYYZ From Canada, joined Nov 2004, 1603 posts, RR: 0 Posted (9 years 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 10763 times:
Air Canada's aircraft interior refurbishment project or project XM has been in full swing for about a month or so. The first A320 to undergo the upgrade should be completed soon, also this month the first B763ER is getting it's new international layout with the lie-flat seats in Executive first . This is great and should enhance AC service tremendously.
AC in the last year or so has been very proactive on the weight and fuel consumption issue. They have stripped down a B767, realized that it looked awful and repainted. Taken away the ladders from avionics bays, put their wine in boxes and start trialing new catering carts. On the other hand, the new in seats, in-seat IFE and power units must add significant weight to a aircraft. I think AC is long overdue for a interior overhaul, but it just seems odd to have introduce weight saving measures along side a project that will see aircraft gain weight. Or did AC intentionally reduce the weight of its aircraft to offset the weight of the new equipment brought on by project XM?
ChrisA330 From Canada, joined Oct 1999, 639 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 10736 times:
Quoting KrisYYZ (Thread starter): On the other hand, the new in seats, in-seat IFE and power units must add significant weight to a aircraft. I think AC is long overdue for a interior overhaul, but it just seems odd to have introduce weight saving measures along side a project that will see aircraft gain weight.
The new seats that manufacturers are producing are lighter than older generation seats airlines are currently using. I would bet that weight savings on the seats would offset any weight gain the IFE equip is adding, making this weight neutral. AC has put a lot of effort into reducing the weight of their aircraft, I doubt they would throw it all away with this project.
FLYACYYZ From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 1914 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (9 years 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 10420 times:
Quoting KrisYYZ (Thread starter): Taken away the ladders from avionics bays, put their wine in boxes and start trialing new catering carts.
The ladders are progressively being removed on narrow body airbuses. The wine in tetra packs was a type trial for a 3 day period on the YUL-CDG route (they obviously picked the most finickity wine route), and the catering carts were type trialed on YUL-CUN flights. No final verdict on the the two latter issues.
No at all. They're actually plusher and more comfortable than the seats that were installed on the 321's and a few 319's/320's which were very stiff. They will be similar to the Embraer seats which are very comfortable.
"On Apr. 24, an Airbus A320, fin 238, became the first airplane to enter a Montreal hangar for its makeover. This metal bird is scheduled to roll out of the hangar on May 9, with entirely refurbished interiors for North American Executive Class and network wide Economy Class."
IMatAMS From Netherlands, joined Feb 2005, 318 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (9 years 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 10152 times:
Any idea what the delay is about, except those couple of seats that got ruined? There where new pitures etc every day for the first week or so, after that a lot of silence and only 1 or 2 updates. Did they stumbe on some unforeseen issues or did they underestimate the work required?
Irobertson From Canada, joined Apr 2006, 601 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (9 years 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 10056 times:
Am I the only person that really doesn't understand why the A320s are getting overhauled and the A340s aren't? I mean, aren't all the Airbuses getting ditched within a short period of time to be replaced with Boeings and Embraers? I could be completely off about this, but it just seems a tad odd. I know about the 777 order which will replace the A340s but I thought the A320 series was going too.