Why do the interiors of all Air Canada airplanes look the same, regardless of manufacture date?
Gord McKenna, Ladner, British Columbia
When an aircraft is purchased, specs and customized materials are sent to the manufacturer to ensure that elements such as our distinctive blue interior as well as our award-winning entertainment system are incorporated to standard. For older aircraft, refurbishment takes place during major maintenance checks. It can take 30 to 60 days to install new seats, galleys, washrooms, closets and interior walls. Partial redesigns to the overseas fleet – such as the installation of lie-flat beds, for instance – require 15 to 30 days and are executed during “special visits.”
Doug Morris is an Air Canada pilot and captain on the Airbus A320. Got an aviation question? Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.