Air Canada to Launch Non-Stop Flights from Vancouver to Dallas – Fort Worth

Courtesy: Air Canada.

Courtesy: Air Canada.

Air Canada announced last Wednesday the introduction of new daily year-round non-stop service between Vancouver and Dallas-Fort Worth beginning February 5, 2017.

“Air Canada is pleased to link Vancouver and Dallas-Fort Worth with non-stop flights, complementing our existing service from Toronto. We continue to strategically expand our Vancouver hub, and our newest transborder flights to the fourth most populous metropolitan area in the USA offer local business travelers non-stop service, as well as improved access for customers in British Columbia and Alberta via convenient connections in Vancouver,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada. “Travelers from the U.S. will also enjoy seamless connections to Beijing, Shanghai, Seoul, Tokyo (Narita) and Hong Kong through in-transit preclearance facilities and competitive elapsed travel times making Air Canada and Vancouver a preferred trans-Pacific option for travel.”

Flight

From

To

Depart

Arrive

AC8626

Vancouver (YVR)

Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW)

13:30

19:25

AC8625

Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW)

Vancouver (YVR)

07:25

09:58

Launching February 5, 2017, Air Canada’s VancouverDallas-Fort Worth flights will be operated by Jazz Aviation LP under the Air Canada Express brand with 75-seat, wi-fi equipped CRJ-705 aircraft, offering both Business and Economy cabins of service as well as in-flight entertainment at every seat. All Air Canada flights provide for Aeroplan accumulation and redemption and, for eligible customers, priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounge access, priority boarding and other benefits.

This year from Vancouver, Air Canada has launched new international services to Brisbane and to Dublin, with new flights launching to Delhi in October. Air Canada has also launched new US transborder flights from Vancouver this year to Chicago, San Jose, and San Diego, with Dallas to begin in February, 2017.

Source: Air Canada.

Air Canada resumes Fort McMurray flights from Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver

Courtesy: Air Canada.

Courtesy: Air Canada.

With the arrival of Air Canada Express flight AC8371, the carrier’s customers were the first to arrive at Fort McMurray International Airport today following the airport’s re-opening to limited commercial scheduled flights.

“We extend a warm welcome to our Fort McMurray customers and in particular, to people   who are returning home. We also want to thank the employees of our Air Canada Express partner Jazz, the team at Fort McMurray International Airport, the first responders and the countless men and women who are working around the clock for their extraordinary efforts in assisting Fort McMurray, and for their tireless work in making the return to commercial air service possible today,” said Kevin Howlett, Senior Vice President, Regional Markets & Government Relations at Air Canada.

“It’s been our privilege to transport members of Team Rubicon, many other first responders and to transport medical supplies for Global Medic in our support for Fort McMurray. We are working closely with all partners involved to help get Fort McMurray residents back home as quickly, conveniently and comfortably as possible.

“To accommodate returning residents, we are actively adding capacity from cities across Canada to Alberta, and scheduling larger aircraft including our 400-seat Boeing 777 aircraft to Alberta.  We expect to ramp up to our full schedule in the coming weeks, once the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry operational restrictions for commercial airlines are lifted,” concluded Kevin.

As our flight schedule to Fort McMurray is subject to change due to the Alberta government’s Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry’s commercial operating restrictions in place to ensure the safety of both active firefighting and commercial carriers using the airspace, we strongly recommend customers check the status of their flights prior to departing for the airport.

Additional customer information about tickets including a 25% discount off fares from across Canada to Edmonton, Calgary and Fort McMurray, travel information, as well as Air Canada’s initiatives supporting Fort McMurray can be found at: https://www.aircanada.com/en/news/160504.html.

Air Canada normally operates up to two daily flights between Fort McMurray and Toronto, and up to 10 daily Air Canada Express flights between Fort McMurray and Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver.

Source: Air Canada.

Bombardier and Chorus sign firm purchase agreement for up to 10 CRJ900 aircraft

Courtesy: Bombardier.

Courtesy: Bombardier.

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced yesterday that a subsidiary of Chorus Aviation Inc. (“Chorus”) has signed a firm purchase agreement for five CRJ900 aircraft. The order also includes purchase rights for an additional five CRJ900 aircraft. Once delivered, the five firm-ordered aircraft will be operated by Jazz Aviation LP (“Jazz”), also a subsidiary of Chorus, under the Air Canada Express banner.

Based on the list price of the CRJ900 aircraft, the firm order is valued at approximately $229 million US and could increase to $467 million US, should Chorus exercise all its purchase rights.

“The addition of these new CRJ900 aircraft will continue Jazz’s fleet renewal and growth program that began in 2011, and provide unit operating costs that are amongst the lowest of any regional aircraft,” said Joseph Randell, President and Chief Executive Officer, Chorus. “These efficient aircraft are an important component of our cost reduction plans and will be an outstanding complement to our exclusive fleet of Bombardier turboprops and regional jets.”

“Ensuring passenger comfort while maintaining cost efficiencies is a top priority for us, and the CRJ900 aircraft allows us to achieve both,” said Colin Copp, President, Jazz. “To support Air Canada’s new fleet standard, the new 76-seat aircraft will be configured with three classes — business, preferred economy and economy.”

“We are delighted that Chorus and Jazz continue to put their confidence in Bombardier and its products — providing passengers with outstanding service from coast to coast in Canada and the United States,” said Fred Cromer, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “The CRJ900 aircraft is ideally suited to growing markets and is recognized for its superior performance, economics and passenger comfort.”

Additionally, with Bombardier’s assistance, Jazz will reconfigure its current 16 CRJ705 aircraft into CRJ900 aircraft with 76 seats. Jazz will also reconfigure 21 Q400 turboprops currently in its fleet with an additional four seats to increase each aircraft’s passenger capacity to 78. All 37 aircraft are operated under the Air Canada Express banner.

Source: Bombardier.