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Air Canada rouge to operate two new domestic routes starting this summer

Air Canada (Montreal) has announced it will launch this summer, new, year-round Air Canada rouge services between Hamilton and Calgary and seasonal service between Toronto Pearson and Abbotsford.

The new daily nonstop services will begin operating on June 27, 2015. Air Canada rouge will operate both routes with Airbus A319 aircraft with 136 seats offering two comfort choices: 12 Premium rouge seats‎ in the front cabin with enhanced service and personal space; and 124 rouge seats in the second cabin.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-114 C-GBIM (msn 840) arrives in Las Vegas.

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Air Canada outlines its new North American growth routes

Air Canada (Montreal) today announced additional details of its previously stated plans for profitable growth. Strategic enhancements include expanding its North American route network with the addition of new nonstop services from Calgary-Terrace; Calgary-Nanaimo; Vancouver-Comox; Toronto-Austin and Montreal-Mexico City. Air Canada is also increasing capacity on key domestic markets that have high volumes of leisure traffic with the expansion of Air Canada rouge to operate the airline’s new seasonal Calgary-Halifax route and current Toronto-Kelowna and Toronto-Sydney, NS services. New services are now available for purchase at http://www.aircanada.com.

“Air Canada continues to strategically add new routes in response to the strong demand in Western Canada, notably the growing business market between Calgary and Terrace/Kitimat in Northern BC, the increasing demand to and from Vancouver Island, and the continued travel demand between Western Canada and Atlantic Canada,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines.

Air Canada is returning to Austin, Texas from Toronto and to Mexico City from Montreal.

Highlights of Air Canada’s 2015 North American summer schedule enhancements include:

Calgary-Terrace

New daily, year-round Air Canada Express service starts June 1, 2015 operated by Jazz Aviation LP with 50-seat Bombardier CRJ jets.

Calgary-Nanaimo

New daily, year-round Air Canada Express service starts May 1, 2015 operated by Jazz Aviation LP with 74-seat Bombardier Q400 aircraft.

Calgary-Halifax

New summer seasonal six times weekly service starts May 1, 2015 operated by Air Canada rouge with 136-seat Airbus A319 aircraft offering both premium and economy cabins of service, increasing up to ten weekly flights during peak summer period.

Vancouver-Comox

New twice daily, year-round Air Canada Express service starts May 1, 2015 operated by Jazz Aviation LP with 50-seat Bombardier Dash 8-300 aircraft.

Kelowna-Toronto

More than 40 per cent increased capacity year-over-year starting June 1, 2015 with up to daily service during peak summer, deployment of 136-seat Air Canada rouge Airbus A319 aircraft offering both premium and economy cabins of service, following the transfer of this route from Air Canada.

Toronto-Austin

New daily, year-round Air Canada Express service starts May 18, 2015 operated by Jazz Aviation LP with 75-seat CRJ705 aircraft offering both premium and economy cabins of service.

Toronto-Sarasota/Bradenton

Winter seasonal service extended effective May 2 offering the only non-stop, year-round flights between Toronto and Sarasota/Bradenton, operated twice weekly by Air Canada with 97-seat Embraer 190 jets offering both premium and economy cabins of service.

Toronto-Sydney, NS

More than 40 per cent increased capacity year-over-year starting May 1 with daily deployment of 136-seat Air Canada rouge Airbus A319 aircraft offering both premium and economy cabins of service, following the seasonal transfer of this route from Air Canada.

Montreal-Mexico City

New, up to five times weekly, summer seasonal service starts May 2 operated by Air Canada rouge, with 136-seat Airbus A319 aircraft offering both premium and economy cabins of service.

Ottawa-Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood

Seasonal service now extended to year-round, operated twice weekly by Air Canada with 97-seat Embraer 190 jets offering both premium and economy cabins of service.

In addition, starting in May 2015, Air Canada will transfer to Air Canada rouge its Calgary-Varadero and Montreal-Varadero routes which will be operated with 142-seat Airbus A319 aircraft, as well as its Montreal-Martinique route operated with 136-seat Airbus A319 offering both premium and economy cabins of service.

Copyright Photo: SM Fitzwilliams Collection/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-112 C-GITP (msn 1562) arrives in Shannon, Ireland.

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Air Canada rouge to take over the Toronto-Lima route on May 1, 2015

Air Canada rouge (Toronto-Pearson) will take over the Toronto (Pearson)-Lima route on May 1, 2015 from mainline Air Canada where it will operate three weekly flights per Airline Route.

Top Copyright Photo: James Helbock/AirlinersGallery.com (all others by Air Canada rouge). Boeing 767-33A ER C-GHPN (msn 33424) arrives in Las Vegas.

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Air Canada’s pilots ratify the new contract

Air Canada (Montreal) has announced its pilots, represented by the Air Canada Pilots Association, have ratified a new 10-year contract. The company issued this statement:

Air Canada welcomes today’s confirmation by the Air Canada Pilots Association that its members have ratified a landmark agreement on collective agreement terms for ten years.

“This ten-year agreement with the Air Canada Pilots Association is a ground-breaking development which allows us to accelerate the implementation of our business strategy on a win-win basis with our pilots,” said Calin Rovinescu, President and CEO of Air Canada. “The new agreement provides greater stability and long term cost certainty as well as a framework for a strong partnership with our pilots. It is also the most tangible indication of the shift in culture underway at Air Canada.

“With this agreement now in place, we can focus our efforts on long-term profitable growth at both Air Canada and Air Canada rouge for the benefit of our employees and all of Air Canada’s stakeholders. I thank the teams representing both ACPA and management for their insight, commitment and determination in reaching this agreement.”

The agreement is subject to certain openers and benchmarks over the 10 year period.

In addition to labor stability and long term cost certainty, the agreement also provides for increased flexibility with respect to regional airline capacity purchase agreements to help ensure cost competitiveness. In addition, it facilitates the evolution of Air Canada rouge TM into a stronger leisure carrier with improved fleet renewal flexibility and terms. As well, the agreement provides additional codeshare and joint venture flexibility and scope.

The agreement has been approved by the Air Canada Board of Directors.

The Air Canada Pilots Association membership comprises approximately 3,000 pilots.

Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen/AirlinersGallery.com. Air Canada rouge is the winner with this new agreement. The leisure brand of Air Canada will continue to add aircraft and routes. Boeing 767-333 ER C-FMXC (msn 25588) arrives in Las Vegas.

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Air Canada’s international expansion extends to Amsterdam

Air Canada (Montreal) announced today it will introduce year-round mainline service to Amsterdam from Toronto beginning in June 2015 as part of the continuing expansion of its international network. Additions to the summer network also include new Air Canada rouge (Toronto) seasonal service from Montreal to Venice and between Vancouver and Osaka.

Highlights of the 2015 summer schedule include:

Year-round Air Canada service between Toronto (Pearson) and Amsterdam operated with a 211-seat, Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft with 24 International Business Class pods, featuring fully lie-flat seats. Flights begin on June 4, 2015 and will be operated up to six times weekly.

Double-daily Air Canada service from both Toronto (Pearson) and Montreal (Trudeau) to Paris (Charles de Gaulle), the additional flights will be offered from June to September and be operated using Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft with 24 International Business Class pods featuring fully lie-flat seats.

New nonstop Air Canada services from Toronto (Pearson) to Rio de Janeiro and from Toronto (Pearson) to Panama City introduced for winter 2014-15 will continue to operate during the summer of 2015

New Air Canada rouge twice weekly service between Montreal (Trudeau) and Venice beginning on May 14, 2015, and, subject to government approval, up to five flights per week between Vancouver and Osaka (Kansai) beginning on May 1, 2015

Air Canada rouge service from Toronto (Pearson) to Athens and Barcelona will increase to daily from five times a week in summer 2014, and service from Toronto (Pearson) to Venice increases to four times from three weekly. From Montreal (Trudeau), Air Canada rouge service to Athens will double to four times weekly and service to Barcelona will increase to three-times weekly from twice weekly in summer 2014. Overall, Air Canada rouge service to Athens, Barcelona, Lisbon, Manchester and Nice will operate a longer season during the summer of 2015 over summer 2014

Air Canada rouge will begin operating year-round service between Toronto (Pearson) and Lima, Peru beginning on May 2, 2015, subject to government approval, following the transfer of the route from Air Canada.

Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-375 ER C-GLCA (msn 25120) taxies at beautiful geneva.

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Air Canada rouge to introduce Vancouver-Palm Springs seasonal flights on December 18

Air Canada (Montreal) announced today that it will introduce a new seasonal nonstop service operated by Air Canada rouge (Toronto-Pearson) between Vancouver and Palm Springs, California this winter. Flights to the ‘Golf Capital of the World’ will be operated with Air Canada rouge Airbus A319 aircraft featuring three customer comfort options: rouge, rouge Plus with preferred seating offering additional legroom, and Premium rouge with additional personal space and enhanced service.

Air Canada rouge flights between Vancouver and Palm Springs, CA will begin on December 18, 2014 and will operate three times weekly until April 12, 2015.

Air Canada will continue to evaluate future market opportunities as new aircraft are introduced into its mainline fleet and existing aircraft are released for operation by Air Canada rouge as market demand warrants. Since the launch in July 2013 of Air Canada rouge, Air Canada has deployed its leisure carrier to a growing number of Caribbean, Mexico, Europe and select sun destinations in the United States.

Air Canada rouge operates a fleet consisting of Boeing 767-300ER and Airbus A319 aircraft transferred from Air Canada.

Air Canada’s mainline fleet renewal is ongoing with the introduction of new aircraft. In May, the airline took delivery of its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner and is scheduled to receive a total of six 787 aircraft in 2014 with the remaining 31 scheduled between 2015 and 2019. In February 2014, Air Canada took delivery of the last of five new Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft to enter its mainline fleet.

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-114 C-GBHR (msn 785) taxies at the Toronto (Pearson) hub.

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Air Canada rouge to start Vancouver-Los Angeles flights on November 28

Air Canada rouge (Toronto) will introduce Vancouver-Los Angeles service on November 28, supplementing current Air Canada service according to Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Eddie Maloney/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-33A ER C-GHPE (msn 33423) is pictured on the ground at Las Vegas.

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