Air Canada inaugurates twice-weekly, non-stop service between Montreal and San Jose, Costa Rica

Courtesy: Air Canada.

Air Canada today (December 22th, 2016) inaugurated new twice-weekly flights between Montreal and Costa Rica. This morning’s departure of Air Canada Rouge flight AC1844 begins non-stop service from Montreal to Costa Rica’s Juan Santamaría International Airport that will operate until April 23, 2017.

“Air Canada is very pleased to inaugurate this new, seasonal service between Montreal and Costa Rica, providing customers even more options when travelling to this popular Latin American vacation destination. The new flight complements Air Canada’s existing TorontoSan Jose service and our flights from Toronto and Montreal to Liberia in Costa Rica. It also serves to further support Air Canada’s ongoing global expansion, which has seen capacity grow from its strategic Montreal hub by 20 per cent over the past two years,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada.

Air Canada’s San Jose flights will be operated by Air Canada Rouge, Air Canada’s vacation carrier, with a 282-seat Boeing 767-300ER featuring two classes of service with 24 Premium Rouge seats and 256 seats in Economy Class. Flights provide for Aeroplan accumulation and redemption and, for eligible customers, priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounge access in Toronto, priority boarding and other benefits.

Flight

Departs

Arrives

Days of the week*

AC1884

Montreal at 7:40

San Jose at 12:14

Thursday, Sunday

AC1881

San Jose at 13:35

Montreal at 19:45

Thursday, Sunday

*: Service operates until April 23, 2017.
Source: Air Canada.

Air Canada inaugurates year-round service between Toronto and Port of Spain, Trinidad

Courtesy: Air Canada.

Air Canada today (December 20th, 2016) inaugurated new year-round service between Toronto and Trinidad. This morning’s departure of Air Canada Rouge flight AC1880 marks the beginning of twice-weekly, non-stop flights from Toronto to Port of Spain’s Piarco International Airport.

“Air Canada is very pleased to inaugurate this new, year-round service between Toronto and Port of Spain as part of our ongoing global expansion. In addition to being a popular vacation destination for Canadians, Canada and Trinidad and Tobago have longstanding ties, with many Canadians of Trinidadian descent visiting friends and relatives, and there are also substantial business ties. This new service will connect conveniently with our extensive domestic and international network through our Toronto-Pearson global hub,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada.

Air Canada’s Toronto-Port of Spain flights will operate with a 280-seat Boeing 767-300ER featuring two classes of service with 24 Premium Rouge seats and 256 seats in Economy Class. Flights provide for Aeroplan accumulation and redemption and, for eligible customers, priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounge access in Toronto, priority boarding and other benefits.

Flight

Departs

Arrives

Days of the week

AC1880

Toronto at 8:45

Port of Spain at 15:10

Tuesday, Thursday

AC1881

Port of Spain at 16:35

Toronto at 21:25

Tuesday, Thursday

Source: Air Canada.

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

Courtesy: Air Canada.

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.

LOT will fly from Newark to Warsaw

Courtesy: LOT.

Courtesy: LOT.

On October 4, 2016, LOT will launch ticket sales for new direct flights to and from Newark, beginning April 28, 2017. Flights to Warsaw are to be operated at first three and later four times a week, giving passengers the best access to Poland as well as Central and Eastern Europe.

The Newark-Warsaw flights are scheduled for Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays. As of June, a Tuesday flight will be added.

“Newark is one of the most important airports to the Polish diaspora on the east coast of the United States. I am pleased that we are able to relaunch that route after a break lasting several years, ensuring our fellow countrymen the most comfortable flights to Poland” – says Rafał Milczarski, CEO of PLL LOT.

Newark passengers traveling by LOT will have access to an extensive network of flights to other US destinations, as well as destinations across Central and Eastern Europe.

“LOT offers the shortest and the most comfortable connections via Warsaw to dozens of cities in Europe. It means only 2 hours transfer time to destinations such Moscow, Prague, Budapest and Vilnius, and great connectivity to major Polish cities, such as Gdańsk or Kraków. We fly one of the youngest fleet in Europe; our crew is professional and hospitable and our hub in Warsaw is one of the most comfortable and passenger friendly in Europe. Newark is no longer a missing link in our route network. Our return to that destination makes us an attractive airline to numerous passengers who have not relied on our services yet”- adds R. Milczarski.

The Newark-Warsaw flights will be initially operated by the leased Boeing 767-300 in two travel classes: Business Class and Economy class. Beginning in August the route will be operated by Boeing 787 Dreamliner with a three-class configuration: LOT Business Class, LOT Premium Economy and LOT Economy.

Together with Newark, LOT will continue to operate flights to JFK. In fact, this year for the first time LOT will fly to JFK daily even in winter season. In total LOT will offer up to 2 connections to New York area almost every day.

The announcement of the connection to Newark is part of LOT’s profitable growth strategy that the airline has been implementing since early 2016. The Polish airline has launched 23 new connections in total, including the first direct Warsaw-Seoul flight to be inaugurated on 17 October.

Source: LOT.

Austrian Airlines flies to the Seychelles

Courtesy: Austrian Airlines.

Courtesy: Austrian Airlines.

Austrian Airlines will initiate flight service to the Seychelles starting with its winter 2017/18 flight schedule. As of October 25, 2017, it will fly non-stop every Wednesday from Vienna to the vacation island in the Indian Ocean, returning to Vienna on Thursdays. “Demand for direct flights to long-haul tourist destinations is high. We responded: In addition to Mauritius, Colombo and Havana, the Seychelles represent our fourth new destination within a period of only two years”, says Austrian Airlines CCO Andreas Otto.

As a result, Austrian Airlines will offer a total of five long-haul tourist destinations in its winter 2017/18 flight schedule. Up to two flights per week will be operated to both Mauritius and the Maldives. Austrian Airline will also operate one direct flight each week to Colombo, Havana and the Seychelles.

The Republic of Seychelles is an island state consisting of about 115 islands in the Indian Ocean. Flights can be booked at www.austrian.com or in a travel agency starting on October 25, 2016.

Austrian Airlines will deploy a Boeing 767 for flights to the Seychelles:

Route Flight number Flight days Departure – Arrival (Local times)
Vienna – Seychelles OS 013 Wednesdays 8:05 p.m. – 8 a.m. (next day)
Seychelles – Vienna OS 014 Thursdays 10:10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

 Source: Austrian Airlines.

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

Courtesy: Air Canada.

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 inaugurates Toronto to London-Gatwick service

Courtesy: Air Canada.

Courtesy: Air Canada.

The arrival of flight AC1924 at LondonGatwick airport yesterday marked the successful launch of Air Canada rouge’s newest route. The seasonal, non-stop service between Toronto and LondonGatwick will operate up to daily during the summer and give Air Canada customers even more choices when travelling to London and Europe.

LondonHeathrow is already Air Canada’s largest international gateway with flights to eight Canadian cities, so we are pleased to expand to LondonGatwick in time for the summer, when millions of vacationers are travelling between Canada and the U.K. With this new route, we become the only Canadian carrier serving the two largest airports in the London metropolitan region, which further solidifies our already market-leading position as the airline operating the most seats between Canada and U.K.,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada.

Flights will be operated with an Air Canada rouge Boeing 767-300ER, featuring premium and economy cabins.  The service commenced with six weekly flights going to daily service throughout the summer from June 1 to September 26, and then with reduced frequency until October 16. Flights are timed to optimize connectivity to and from Air Canada’s Toronto-Pearson global 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.

The new Toronto to LondonGatwick service is part of Air Canada’s ongoing international expansion. Beginning this summer, Air Canada will also launch new international services between TorontoPrague, TorontoBudapest, TorontoWarsaw, TorontoGlasgow, TorontoSeoul, MontrealCasablanca, MontrealLyon, VancouverBrisbane and VancouverDublin. Last year, Air Canada launched new international services between TorontoDelhi, TorontoAmsterdam, TorontoDubai, MontrealVenice, MontrealMexico City and VancouverOsaka.

Source: Air Canada.