http://business.financialpost.com/2...omy-seating-on-some-planes-next-year-sources/ Air Canada plans to introduce new premium economy seating in the cabins of its new Boeing 777s next year and its 787 Dreamliners when they are delivered in 2014, sources familiar with the plan say. The premium economy seats will provide an alternative for passengers who want more legroom than is offered in economy seating at a price that is lower than business class. The country’s largest carrier had originally intended to introduce the new cabin configuration — which will include a business class, premium economy section, and basic economy seats — on its new Dreamliners. But after a series of delays, the carrier opted to roll them out on two new higher-density 777s it will take delivery of next summer. The decision comes at a time when Air Canada’s domestic rival, WestJet Airlines Ltd., is also set to unveil its own premium economy seats early next year. Those will be introduced alongside a new three-tiered fare structure that will help drive its own revenue and hopefully attract the coveted business traveller. After crunching the numbers, Mr.Spracklin said he believes Air Canada will be able to do something with the new LCC it couldn’t with its previous discount carriers, Tango and Zip: turn a profit. He said he expects the LCC might be able return a modest profit of more than $952,000 in its first year nearly $12-million by 2018 as its fleet grows. While the initial aim is to fly to destinations in Europe and the Caribbean, Mr. Spracklin said he also expected Air Canada to expand its LCC’s operations into Asia as well. This was only made possible by the changes contained in its recently imposed labour agreement with its pilots, which allows for greater flexibly in its fleet, he noted. But more importantly, it would allow Air Canada to offload its less efficient aircraft to the lower cost airline and to continue to grow into new markets, he added. “While challenges remain including further pension reforms, aircraft financing, and continued deleveraging, we believe the strategy and plan in place by Air Canada management is prudent and likely to turn Air Canada [into] one of the strongest international carriers globally,” he said.