Air Canada inaugurates new International Maple Leaf Lounge at Montreal – Trudeau Airport showcasing Canadian and Quebec design and artwork

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Today (December 1st, 2016) marks the reopening of Air Canada’s international Maple Leaf Lounge at Montreal-Trudeau airport following a year-long complete makeover. Located between gates 52 and 53, the new lounge measures 1,022 square meters and has seating capacity for 259 customers. With floor to ceiling windows offering spectacular tarmac views, it reflects a contemporary and elegant design. Eligible Air Canada and Star Alliance customers will discover a new exclusive lounge experience with a calm and comfortable environment of understated luxury in which to relax or work prior to their flight.

“We are thrilled to welcome eligible Air Canada and Star Alliance customers to our completely redesigned international Maple Leaf Lounge at Montreal-Trudeau airport. Our newest international lounge incorporates many elements sought after by today’s business and premium travelers including a quiet, stress-free place to work or relax while travelling, and our new lounge is designed with this in mind,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada. “Surrounded by Canadian and Quebec design artistry and craftsmanship, as well as elements highlighting the majestic natural beauty of Canada, customers will enjoy an inspiring environment before their Air Canada flight.”

The new lounge offers customers a full service bar and complimentary alcoholic beverages including a selection of Canadian wines, a live food station with a chef, barista-style specialty coffees, complimentary Wifi, a cyber work counter and facilities, living rooms, lounge chairs, showers with heated floors and an exclusive private area for special guests. It also features multiple zones inspired by nature including a garden ceiling that creates the illusion of a forest canopy with ceramic pieces by Quebec artisan Pascale Girardin that imitate the sound of rustling leaves, travel inspired photography by Montreal based Nicolas Ruel, special maple wood and Ontario Eramosa marble. Custom furnishings are by local Canadian designers Nienkämper, Mobilier Moderne, and Brent Comber.

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As a leading global carrier, Air Canada is pleased to offer premium passengers access to 22 Maple Leaf Lounges around the world. In addition to the new Montreal international Maple Leaf Lounge, Air Canada is investing in the customer airport experience throughout its network with the recently opened Newark Maple Leaf Lounge, an expanded Vancouver international Maple Leaf Lounge opening in summer 2017, a new Saskatoon domestic Maple Leaf Lounge opening in fall 2017, and refurbishments planned for its domestic Maple Leaf Lounges at Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver in 2017.

Air Canada, Air Canada Rouge and its regional airline partners flying under the Air Canada Express banner operate on average approximately 2,100 flights per week between Montreal and 80 destinations: 23 in Canada including nine in Québec, 18 in the United States, 26 in the Caribbean, Central America and Mexico, 12 in Europe, and starting in 2017 one in China and two in North Africa.

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Air Canada to launch Vancouver – Frankfurt and Vancouver – London Gatwick flights for Summer 2017

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Courtesy: Air Canada.

Air Canada today (November 9th, 2016) announced it is further boosting international flights at its Vancouver hub next summer with daily seasonal flights from YVR to Frankfurt, and three times weekly seasonal flights from YVR to London Gatwick. Flights begin June 1, 2017 and June 8, 2017 respectively, and tickets are now available for purchase.

“Air Canada continues to strategically increase its European flights at YVR with seasonal daily flights to Frankfurt next summer and three times weekly flights to London Gatwick,” said Benjamin Smith, Air Canada President, Passenger Airlines. “The addition of our flights to Frankfurt, one of Europe’s most important hubs, offers customers a wide array of convenient choices and the ease of one-stop connections with our Star Alliance partner Lufthansa when travelling to southern, central and eastern Europe as well as Africa, the Middle East and beyond.

“We will be the only airline flying non-stop between YVR and the two largest airports in the London metropolitan region during the peak summer travel period with the addition of London Gatwick. By next summer, Air Canada will serve five European destinations non-stop from YVR including two significant hubs, Frankfurt and London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Dublin, and on a code-share basis with joint venture partner Lufthansa Munich, strengthening YVR as an important hub that connects our B.C., Western Canada and U.S. routes to our expanding international network,” concluded Mr. Smith.

“What an amazing year it has been for Air Canada and YVR,” said Craig Richmond, President & CEO of Vancouver Airport Authority. “I want to thank Air Canada for continuing to grow its international hub out of YVR and delivering a steady stream of excellent new services. Air Canada’s new non-stop services to Frankfurt and Gatwick will further expand this award-winning airline’s reach into key European markets and will provide incredible benefits for our passengers, partners and communities.”

“Air Canada’s new flights from YVR to Frankfurt and London Gatwick are great news for B.C.’s diverse tourism sector. Already this year we’ve seen year over year European visitors increase by nearly 18 per cent. These new flights will bring even more visitors while creating jobs and spin-off benefits in our hotels, tourism attractions and businesses,” said the Honourable Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism & Skills Training in BC.

VancouverFrankfurt flights:

Air Canada’s VancouverFrankfurt flights will be operated with Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners, featuring a choice of three cabins configured with 20 International Business Class individual lie-flat suites, 21 Premium Economy seats and 210 Economy Class seats. Air Canada’s Dreamliners also feature an enhanced seatback In-Flight Entertainment system which is available at every seat throughout the aircraft. All Air Canada flights provide for Aeroplan accumulation and redemption and, for eligible customers, priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounge access in Vancouver and in Frankfurt, priority boarding and other benefits. Air Canada’s Frankfurt flights complement daily flights operated from Vancouver by Star Alliance partner Lufthansa.

Flight

From

To

Depart

Arrive

AC840

Vancouver (YVR)

Frankfurt (FRA)

12:25

07:05 (+1 day)

AC841

Frankfurt (FRA)

Vancouver (YVR)

10:00

10:55

Next summer, Air Canada will operate to Frankfurt from five points across Canada: Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa.

Vancouver-London Gatwick flights:

Air Canada’s Vancouver-London Gatwick service will be operated by Air Canada Rouge with Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft featuring premium and economy cabins. Flights are timed to optimize connectivity to and from flights within BC and the Pacific North West at Air Canada’s Vancouver hub. All flights provide for Aeroplan accumulation and redemption and, for eligible customers, priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounge access in Vancouver, priority boarding and other benefits.

Flight

From

To

Depart

Arrive

AC1934

Vancouver (YVR)

London Gatwick (LGW)

16:45

Tue, Thur, Sat.

10:25 (+1 day)

AC1935

London Gatwick (LGW)

Vancouver (YVR)

12:00

Tue, Thur, Sat.

14:10

Next summer, Air Canada Rouge will operate to London Gatwick from two points across Canada:  Vancouver and Toronto.

Air Canada’s ongoing international expansion this year has included the recent launch of VancouverDelhi, VancouverBrisbane, VancouverDublin, TorontoSeoul, Toronto-London Gatwick, TorontoPrague, TorontoBudapest, TorontoWarsaw, TorontoGlasgow, MontrealCasablanca and MontrealLyon.

In 2017, the airline will launch new international services between VancouverTaipei, VancouverNagoya, VancouverFrankfurt, Vancouver-London Gatwick, TorontoMumbai, TorontoBerlin, MontrealShanghai, MontrealAlgiers and MontrealMarseille.

Last year, Air Canada launched new international services between VancouverOsaka, TorontoDelhi, TorontoAmsterdam, TorontoDubai, MontrealVenice and MontrealMexico City.

Source: Air Canada.

Air Canada adds non-stop Montreal – Algiers and Montreal – Marseille flights starting in Summer 2017

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Courtesy: Air Canada.

Air Canada last Wednesday announced the addition of two new seasonal destinations to its international network from Montreal. The new services, MontrealAlgiers and MontrealMarseille will launch in June 2017, with the MontrealAlgiers route subject to government approvals.

“Air Canada is excited to introduce non-stop service from Montreal to two new enticing destinations, Marseille and Algiers. In addition to our recently announced MontrealShanghai service, these new destinations further expand our global reach from Montreal, reinforcing Montreal-Trudeau as a strategic hub for all of Eastern Canada and the North Eastern U.S.,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada. “Building on Air Canada’s success in Casablanca with flights returning on a year-round basis in April 2017, the service to Algiers will be the only non-stop flight by a Canadian carrier between Montreal and the North African city, establishing Air Canada as an important player in the large and growing market between Canada and Algeria. It will be our second destination in Africa, which makes Air Canada one of only a small number of global carriers flying to all six inhabited continents. The Marseille service will be the only non-stop flight operated by a network carrier between Marseille and North America further expanding Air Canada’s reach in France by complementing existing services to Paris, Lyon and Nice, and strengthening our presence in Provence-Côte d’Azur, a popular summer destination for Quebecers.”

“I am delighted by these new routes to Marseille and Algiers. Access to an even greater number of directs flights is a tangible benefit for Montreal and for our businesses—it saves time and money for travelers and provides easy access to new markets. They are also an asset in terms of attracting international businesses and creating new jobs here. Once again, we can confirm Montreal’s status as a major urban center and international hub,” stated Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montreal.

“The addition of these two French-speaking cities to our list of direct destinations confirms Montréal-Trudeau airport’s status as a hub between North America and the Francophonie. Our thanks to Air Canada,” said James Cherry, President and Chief Executive Officer of Aéroports de Montréal.

Both new seasonal routes will be operated by Air Canada Rouge with a 282-seat Boeing 767-300ER aircraft, featuring a choice of three customer comfort options: Economy; Preferred seating offering additional legroom; and Premium Rouge with additional personal space and enhanced service. Seats on the MontrealMarseille route are now available for purchase, and tickets on the MontrealAlgiers route will be available in the near future.

Flights are timed to optimize connectivity to and from Air Canada’s Montreal hub. All flights provide for Aeroplan accumulation and redemption and, for eligible customers, priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounge access, priority boarding and other benefits.

Route

Dates

Frequency

Montreal-Marseille

June 9 to October 13, 2017

Three times weekly

Montreal-Algiers

June 26 to October 27, 2017*

Four times weekly

*: Subject to government approvals.

Casablanca service returns on April 19, 2017 on a year-round basis with three flights a week, increasing to daily service in June 2017 and continuing with three flights a week during the winter season. Flights are operated by Air Canada Rouge with a 282-seat Boeing 767-300ER, featuring a choice of three customer comfort options: Economy; Preferred seating offering additional legroom; and Premium Rouge with additional personal space and enhanced service.

Air Canada, Air Canada Rouge and its regional airline partners flying under the Air Canada Express banner operate on average approximately 2,100 flights per week between Montreal and 80 destinations: 23 in Canada including nine in Québec, 18 in the United States, 26 in the Caribbean, Central America and Mexico, 12 in Europe, and stating in 2017 one in China and two in North Africa representing a 146% increase in international long-haul capacity since 2009. Air Canada also offers service to Munich and Zurich through codeshare flights with Star Alliance partners Lufthansa and Swiss International Air Lines.

Source: Air Canada.

Air Canada announces Toronto – Mumbai 787 Dreamliner service

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Courtesy: Air Canada.

Air Canada last Wednesday announced it is launching a new, three-times weekly service between Toronto and Mumbai, the largest city and financial capital of India. The non-stop, year-round service will be operated starting July 1, 2017 using a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

 “Air Canada is pleased to offer customers this new, non-stop route between Toronto and Mumbai. This is Air Canada’s third route to India after TorontoDelhi service that began last fall and our new seasonal VancouverDelhi service commencing next month. This will be the only non-stop service between Canada and Mumbai and with it Air Canada now offers the best coverage of any carrier operating in the CanadaIndia market,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada.

“The Canada-India Business Council welcomes Air Canada’s announcement today. The CanadaIndia corridor offers tremendous economic opportunities and our organization is working to promote trade and commerce between our two countries. Air linkages are essential to this, so having a non-stop flight between Canada’s and India’s financial and business centers should serve as a further catalyst to this rapidly developing trade relationship,” said Gary Comerford, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canada-India Business Council.

With the announcement of the new TorontoMumbai route, Air Canada now offers three Boeing 787 Dreamliner routes between Canada and India, including year-round daily TorontoDelhi service and seasonal VancouverDelhi service launching Oct. 20, 2016. TorontoMumbai will operate year-round with Air Canada’s state-of-the-art Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. The aircraft features 30 International Business Class lie-flat seat suites, 21 Premium Economy and 247 Economy Class seats, with upgraded in-flight entertainment at every seat throughout the aircraft.

Flights will be available for sale immediately with special introductory pricing and are timed to optimize connectivity at Air Canada’s global hub at Toronto Pearson.  All flights provide for Aeroplan accumulation and redemption and, for eligible customers, priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounge access, priority boarding and other benefits.

Flight

From

To

Depart

Arrive

Days of the week

AC046

Toronto

Mumbai

21:35

21:30 + 1 day

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

AC047

Mumbai

Toronto

23:55

05:35 + 1 day

Wednesday, Friday, Sunday

Source: Air Canada.

 

Air Canada to launch non-stop Montreal – Shanghai flights

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Courtesy: Air Canada.

Air Canada announced the introduction of daily year-round flights from Montreal to Shanghai, China beginning February 16, 2017. This marks Air Canada’s first direct service to China from Montreal as well as the introduction of state-of-the-art Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft on flights departing from Montreal. Tickets will be available for purchase on aircanada.com and through travel agents on September 28. 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.

“Building on Air Canada’s success in the rapidly growing Chinese market we are delighted to announce Air Canada’s first direct flights between Montreal and China with the launch of Montreal-Shanghai service next year,” said Calin Rovinescu, Air Canada’s President and Chief Executive Officer.  “This also marks the introduction of Air Canada’s first 787 Dreamliner aircraft service from Montreal, further underlining our commitment to expand our global reach and reinforce Montreal-Trudeau as a strategic hub. With today’s announcement, Air Canada has increased its international capacity from Montreal by 133 per cent since 2009, with direct service to 13 cities in Europe,North Africa and China.

“China is Canada’s second largest trading partner and Air Canada has made a significant investment of more than $1 billion in aircraft and equipment allocated specifically to serve the Chinese market from our Canadian hubs. We will be the first and only Canadian carrier to operate daily non-stop transpacific service between Montreal and the Asia-Pacific region, and with an elapsed time of 14.5 hours, it will be the longest flight ever operated by any carrier from Montréal-Trudeau airportTogether with our Star Alliance partners, Air China and Shenzhen Airlines, and partner Juneyao Airlines, a Shanghai based airline operating to more than 30 destinations in China, we will offer the growing number of travellers between Montreal and China even more convenient travel options to Chinese destinations,” concluded Mr. Rovinescu.

“This new Montreal-Shanghai non-stop Air Canada service will help deepen our already strong people-to-people ties with China. It will also help boost tourism, trade and the economy and offer more choice for Canadian consumers. Today’s announcement comes at an important time in Canada-China relations as demonstrated by the two back-to-back Leaders’ visits over the past three weeks,” stated Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada, and Member of Parliament for Saint-Laurent.

“This new direct link between Montréal and Shanghai will not only make life easier for travelers, it will also encourage trade. Easier access to this new market will help foster economic development in our communities. Today’s announcement is a testament to the relationship our governments have forged in recent years,” said Quebec Minister of Economy, Science, Innovation and Minister responsible for Digital Strategy, Dominique Anglade.

“During Montreal’s economic mission to China last year, the mayor of Shanghai and I renewed our twinning agreement by committing to strengthening our economic and commercial exchanges and continuing to work towards providing direct airline service between our two cities. I am certain today’s announcement will generate significant economic opportunities, giving our organizations greater access to new markets and helping to attract foreign businesses that will create jobs for Canadians,” stated Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montreal.

“Aéroports de Montréal wishes to sincerely thank Air Canada, which has spared no effort to develop its international network out of our airport and to create jobs and economic spinoffs locally. The launch of this daily non-stop flight between Montréal and Shanghai is further proof of this,” said James Cherry, President and CEO, Aéroports de Montréal.

“As an important partner, Tourisme Montréal is thrilled about the improved air service between our city and China, a major tourism market for Montreal. This is an important strategic initiative for Tourisme Montréal. It is with determination that we will pursue our objective and ensure the continuity of these services, and that we will keep promoting Montréal as a choice tourism destination in other Asian markets,” stated Yves Lalumière, CEO of Tourisme Montréal.

In Montreal, flights are timed to optimize connections to and from the carrier’s extensive Eastern Canada and U.S. networks includingOttawa, Quebec City, Halifax, New York and Boston.

In Shanghai, Star Alliance partners Air China and Shenzhen Airlines, along with our partner Juneyao Airlines with whom we will launch an interline agreement in the coming weeks, offer excellent connectivity to domestic China destinations such as Chengdu, Chongqingand Shenzhen.

From February 16, 2017 to March 12, 2017
Flight From To Depart Arrive
AC17 Montreal  (YUL) Shanghai  (PVG) 13:30 16:40 (+1 )
AC18 Shanghai  (PVG) Montreal (YUL) 18:15 18:40
From March 12, 2017 to March 25, 2017
Flight From To Depart Arrive
AC17 Montreal  (YUL) Shanghai  (PVG) 14:30 16:40 (+1 )
AC18 Shanghai  (PVG) Montreal (YUL) 18:15 19:40

Effective March 25, 2017

Flight From To Depart Arrive
AC17 Montreal  (YUL) Shanghai  (PVG) 13:15 15:30 (+1 )
AC18 Shanghai  (PVG) Montreal (YUL) 17:05 18:40

Air Canada’s Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft feature three cabins of service offering comfortable ergonomic seating and enhanced definition intuitive touch personal entertainment screens.  Air Canada’s International Business Class cabin features 20 Executive Pods with 180-degree lie-flat seats in configuration guaranteeing direct aisle access. The Premium Economy cabin has 21 seats offering more generous personal space, wider seats and greater legroom and recline as well as premium meals, complimentary bar service and priority check-in and baggage delivery at the airport. The Economy cabin has 210 slimline seats providing comfortable personal space and state-of-the-art individual on-demand entertainment system.

Source: Air Canada.

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

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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 Rouge rings in third birthday

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Courtesy: Air Canada.

Air Canada Rouge is celebrating its third birthday July 1, having grown since its inaugural flight in 2013 into an international leisure carrier with 1,600 employees, a fleet of 44 aircraft and a network of 100 routes touching five continents.

“After three years of rapid growth, we will mark our third birthday on Canada Day by proudly operating 123 flights carrying more than 23,000 customers. Air Canada Rouge was first introduced as a leisure carrier in 2013 to serve Mexico, the Caribbean and select destinations in Europe. With investments in our fleet, network, and product, as well as our unique approach to on-board service, Air Canada Rouge has grown to play a key role within Air Canada,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada.

“Air Canada Rouge has surpassed our expectations and has become integral to our international growth strategy. Its popularity with leisure travellers and the efficiencies of its innovative business model are enabling Air Canada to effectively compete for vacation traffic and open new markets around the world.”

In the past two months alone, Air Canada Rouge has begun offering service on seven new international routes including service from Toronto to Prague, Warsaw, Budapest, LondonGatwick, and Glasgow; Vancouver to Dublin; and Montreal to Casablanca, Air Canada’s first regularly scheduled flight to Africa, extending Air Canada’s global network to six continents.

Along with new routes, below are some other milestones Air Canada Rouge celebrated in its first three years:

  • The airline now operates a fleet of 44 aircraft including 20 Airbus A319 aircraft, 19 Boeing 767-300ER aircraft, and 5 Airbus 321 aircraft
  • The Premium Rouge cabin on the Airbus 319 fleet was fully refurbished to include larger seats in 2×2 configuration
  • Extra carry-on space was added to the A319 fleet with the installation of newly designed overhead bin doors
  • Rouge’s in-flight entertainment system has seen upgrades across the entire fleet, with new iPads available onboard for customers, and improvements have been made to the content that now include hundreds of movies including new releases, TV shows, music and destination content.

At its inception, Air Canada Rouge had a fleet of two Airbus 319 aircraft and two Boeing 767-300ER aircraft.  Its network included 14 routes from Toronto and Montreal to the Caribbean and Europe. On its launch day – Canada Day, July 1, 2013 – Rouge operated five flights with 775 customers.

Air Canada Rouge fun facts at three years:

  • 11 million customers served – and counting
  • 1,120 Rouge Crew (our name for Flight Attendants), with 330 hired since January 2016
  • 480 pilots, growing to 500 by end of summer
  • Over 6,600 children’s faces painted with onboard face painting kits
  • About 8,800 puppets created from air sickness bags
  • Over 143,000 signature buttons such as “Happy Birthday!” and “First Flight!” distributed to customers celebrating special occasions onboard

Source: Air Canada.