Category Archives: Air Canada rouge

Air Canada flight departs Port-au-Prince, Haiti with 209 passengers

Air Canada flight AC1815 departed Port-au-Prince, Haiti on February 18 with 209 customers and 16 crew and support employees onboard a Boeing 767-300ER Air Canada Rouge aircraft.

Air Canada normally operates two flights weekly between Montreal and Port-au-Prince, Haiti on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Following the Government of Canada’s advisory to avoid all travel to Haiti, Air Canada’s next scheduled flight on Wednesday to Haiti is cancelled. Air Canada is monitoring this situation closely to determine when it will be safe to resume flights.

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Air Canada to strategically increase capacity on trans border routes, will deploy more Q400s on western routes

Air Canada Express-Jazz Aviation Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-GKUK (msn 4369) BWI (Tony Storck). Image: 943463.

Air Canada has announced it is upgrading service and boosting capacity on key trans border routes from its Toronto and Montreal hubs.

These enhancements are in addition to Air Canada’s recent announcement it will launch new daily flights from Montreal to Raleigh and increase capacity by deploying larger aircraft with Business Class and wi-fi options on its Toronto to Raleigh and Charlotte flights.

Upgraded services this summer peak include:

 

Route

Frequencies

Capacity

Aircraft

Toronto-Nashville

2 daily flights effective June 1

152 daily seats

76 seat CR9 operated by Jazz Aviation LP effective June 1

Toronto-Washington (Dulles)

3 daily flights effective May 1

228 daily seats

76 seat Embraer E75 operated by Sky Regional effective May 1

Toronto-Memphis

1 daily flight effective May 1

76 daily seats

76 seat Embraer E75 operated by Sky Regional effective May 1

Toronto-Raleigh

3 daily flights effective May 1

228 daily seats

76 seat Embraer E75 operated by Sky Regional

Toronto-Charlotte

2 daily flights effective May 1

152 daily seats

76 seat Embraer E75 operated by Sky Regional

Toronto-Minneapolis

Adding 1 flight for 4 daily flights effective June 3

304 daily seats

76 seat Embraer E75 operated by Sky Regional

Toronto-Philadelphia

Adding 1 flight for 5 daily flights effective June 3

380 daily seats

76 seat Embraer E75 operated by Sky Regional

Toronto-Austin

Adding 1 flight for 2 daily flights effective April 29

152 daily seats

76 seat Embraer E75 operated by Sky Regional

Montreal-Baltimore

Adding 1 flight for 2 daily flights effective June 4

100 daily seats

50 seat CRJ operated by Jazz Aviation LP

Montreal-Raleigh

New daily flights launching June 3

50 daily seats

50 seat CRJ operated by Jazz Aviation LP

In other news, Air Canada also announced strategic changes to Eastern Canada including upgrading Air Canada Express regional aircraft to larger Air Canada Rouge aircraft with inflight amenities on its flights from Toronto to Fredericton, Moncton and Thunder Bay, and from Montreal to St. John’s.

Route

Frequencies

Montreal-St. John’s

2 daily Air Canada
Rouge A-319 flights
effective June 5

Toronto-Fredericton

2 daily Air Canada
Rouge A-319 flights
effective June 1

Toronto-Moncton

3 daily Air Canada
Rouge A-319 flights
effective May 1

Toronto-Thunder Bay

3 daily Air Canada
Rouge A-319 flights
effective May 1

Calgary-Halifax

1 daily Air Canada A
-320 flight effective
May 14

Following the recently finalized Capacity Purchase Agreement between Air Canada and Chorus Aviation, Air Canada is optimizing its fleet within its network strategy and deploying the aircraft best-suited to the communities it serves as it modernizes and simplifies its regional fleet.

Air Canada also announced it will boost capacity on regional routes across Western Canada this spring as it deploys more state-of-the-art Bombardier Q400 Next Gen aircraft (top).  The changes are part of an ongoing transformation of Air Canada Express that will result in enhanced services for customers.

Air Canada Express flights operated by Jazz Aviation LP are scheduled to provide convenient, point-to-point travel, as well as easy connections to Air Canada’s extensive domestic, US and international network at Vancouver and Calgary.  Customers also collect and redeem Aeroplan Miles through Canada’s leading loyalty program when travelling with Air Canada, and eligible customers have access to priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounges at main airports, priority boarding and other benefits.

Increased services this summer peak compared to last year include:

 

Route

Frequencies

Capacity

Vancouver-Nanaimo

7 daily Q-400 flights

546 daily seats, 14% increase

Vancouver-Comox

4 daily Q-400 flights

312 daily seats, 23% increase

Vancouver-Sandspit

2 daily Q-400 flights

156 daily seats, 52% increase

Vancouver-Prince Rupert

2 daily Q-400 flights

156 daily seats, 5% increase

Vancouver-Smithers

2 daily Q-400 flights

156 daily seats, 14% increase

Vancouver-Kamloops

4 daily Q-400 flights

312 daily seats, 25% increase

Vancouver-Penticton

3 daily Q-400 flights

234 daily seats, 17% increase

Calgary-Kelowna

3 daily Q-400 flights

234 daily seats, 13% increase

Calgary-Saskatoon

4 daily Q-400 flights

312 daily seats, 7% increase

Calgary-Winnipeg

2 daily A320 + 1 daily CR-900 flights

368 daily seats, 19% increase

Vancouver-Anchorage

1 daily 320 and 1 daily 319 flight

266 daily seats, 80% increase

On the financial side, Air Canada reported full year 2018 EBITDAR (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, impairment and aircraft rent) of $2.851 billion compared to full year 2017 record EBITDAR of $2.928 billion.  Air Canada reported an EBITDAR margin of 15.8 per cent, in line with its projections.  Air Canada reported 2018 operating income of $1.174 billion compared to 2017 operating income of $1.371 billion.  Adjusted pre-tax income(1)amounted to $952 million in 2018 compared to adjusted pre-tax income of $1.165 billion in 2017.  On a GAAP basis, the airline reported net income of $167 million in 2018 compared to net income of $2.029 billion in 2017.  The decrease of $1.862 billionin net income year-over-year is mainly due to an increase in net tax expense of $981 million, unfavourable foreign exchange results of $437 million and Air Canada having a recorded a loss on disposal of assets of $188 million in 2018.

“I am very pleased with Air Canada’s solid fourth quarter results with record EBITDAR of $543 million, and operating income of $122 million.  These quarterly results showed an improvement over last year’s fourth quarter on many fronts – including passenger revenues, traffic and yield – and complete a strong fiscal year.  Moreover, they demonstrate the resiliency of our business model and affirm that Air Canada has positioned itself for long-term, sustainable profitability. During the year, we successfully managed many challenges, including intensifying competition and a volatile fuel price environment which resulted in approximately $1 billion in additional costs or 30 per cent more than 2017,” said Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive of Air Canada.

“Our strategy generated record operating revenues of more than $18 billion in 2018.  Combined with a strong adjusted CASM performance, we ended the year with record unrestricted liquidity of more than $5.7 billion and a leverage ratio of 2.1, positioning us well on our path towards investment grade.  The added financial flexibility these results give our company further bolsters our already confident outlook, based on current positive business trends.

“We carried a record 50.9 million customers in 2018, which is evidence of the success of our commercial strategy and the strength of the Air Canada brand. To further heighten our customer appeal, we are investing strategically in product and service enhancements, including a new enhanced reservation platform system planned to start operating later this year, a new loyalty program launching in 2020 to strengthen our recently completed Aimia Canada acquisition and our ongoing fleet renewal.

“Another outward sign of Air Canada’s success in 2018 was the number of significant awards won by our airline, notably Eco-Airline of the Year, a global recognition, and, for the second consecutive year, Best Airline in North America from Skytrax. These and a variety of other talent and sustainability awards are proof of the professionalism and commitment of Air Canada’s 30,000 employees, whom I thank for their hard work and dedication. I also thank our customers for their continued loyalty and for continuing to choose to fly Air Canada in record numbers,” said Mr. Rovinescu.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Air Canada): Air Canada Express-Jazz Aviation Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-GKUK (msn 4369) BWI (Tony Storck). Image: 943463.

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Air Canada inaugurates two new transborder routes from Alberta

Air Canada rouge (Air Canada) Airbus A319-112 C-GITR (msn 1577) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 942738.

Air Canada on October 28 launched two new daily, seasonal transborder routes.  Celebrations were held prior to the departure of the inaugural flights from Edmonton to Las Vegas and from Calgary to Palm Springs.

The Edmonton to Las Vegas and Calgary to Palm Springs flights are onboard Air Canada Rouge A319 and Air Canada A320 aircraft respectively, both offering premium and economy cabins.

Flights are timed to connect with Air Canada’s extensive domestic schedule, provides for Aeroplan accumulation and redemption, Star Alliance reciprocal benefits, and for eligible customers, priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounge access at Canadian airports, priority boarding and other benefits.

 

From

To

Frequency

Aircraft

Effective

Edmonton

Las Vegas

Daily

Air Canada Rouge Airbus A319

Oct 28/18 – Apr 30/19

Calgary

Palm Springs

Daily

Airbus A320

Oct 28/18 – Apr 30/19

Above Copyright Photo: Air Canada rouge (Air Canada) Airbus A319-112 C-GITR (msn 1577) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 942738.

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Air Canada Rouge celebrates its fifth birthday

Ex "Free Spirit" special livery

Air Canada Rouge is celebrating its birthday, marking five years of providing customers with memorable beginnings and endings to their holidays. From its first flight on Canada Day 2013, Air Canada’s leisure carrier has grown to more than 50 aircraft from four, expanded to over 100 routes on five continents from an initial 14 routes, flown more than 25 million customers, and directly created 2,000 high-quality jobs for Canadians.

“In five short years Air Canada Rouge has established itself as an integral part of our Air Canada family by delivering an excellent customer experience in key leisure markets and in helping achieve our strategic business objectives. It allows us to offer travellers a much greater variety of attractive destinations while enabling us to successfully compete in an evolving industry. In doing so, it has exceeded all our expectations,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Airlines and Chief Operating Officer, at Air Canada. “I commend our team at Air Canada Rouge for their devotion to making every flight memorable and I thank our customers for entrusting us with their holiday plans by choosing to fly with Air Canada Rouge.”

 

For summer 2018, Air Canada Rouge has added more exciting international and domestic routes, including: Toronto and Montreal to Bucharest; Toronto to Porto and Zagreb; Toronto to Nanaimo and Kamloops, B.C.; Montreal to Lisbon and Montreal to Victoria, B.C.

Launched on July 1, 2013, Air Canada Rouge has continually refined its services for customers, including upgrades to its streaming in-flight entertainment system, new onboard food options and enhancements to the Premium Rouge cabin. Air Canada Rouge has also begun offering high-speed, satellite internet aboard its aircraft, giving customers access to the fastest internet service on a Canadian airline.

Fast Facts about Air Canada Rouge

  • Over 25 million customers carried since launch
  • Service to more than 70 destinations on five continents
  • Over 2,000 high-quality incremental jobs created, including almost 600 pilots and over 1400 Rouge Crew
  • Fleet of 53 aircraft (22 Airbus A319s, 6 Airbus A321s and 25 Boeing 767s).
  • High-speed satellite internet being implemented across entire fleet

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Air Canada rouge): Air Canada rouge (Air Canada) Boeing 767-38E ER C-GBZR (msn 25404) FLL (Bruce Drum). Image: 104622.

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Air Canada inaugurates three new nonstop domestic routes

Air Canada rouge (Air Canada) Airbus A319-113 C-GBHZ (msn 813) FLL (Bruce Drum). Image: 104444.

Air Canada today inaugurated the first of three new, nonstop domestic services from BC communities with the departure of AC1976 from Kamloops to Toronto.

Tomorrow, Air Canada will inaugurate new nonstop seasonal services from Victoria to Montreal, and from Nanaimo to Toronto. These newest domestic long-haul services are operated onboard the airline’s leisure carrier Air Canada Rouge, which will be celebrating its fifth birthday on July 1.

These routes are part of Air Canada’s strategic expansion of 25 new routes being launched during the 2018 summer season.

Air Canada Rouge Airbus A319 aircraft offer high-speed wi-fi services, and a choice of two cabins.  All flights are timed to connect conveniently with Air Canada’s global schedule, and provide for Aeroplan accumulation and redemption, Star Alliance reciprocal benefits, and for eligible customers, priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounge access at mainline airports, priority boarding and other benefits.

 

Toronto-Kamloops
Begins June 21
until Oct. 8

Tuesday,
Thursday,
Saturday

AC1977 departs
Toronto at 9:40 a.m.

AC1976 departs
Kamloops at 12:10 p.m.

Air Canada Rouge 136-seat A319, Premium Rouge and Economy class

Toronto-Nanaimo
Begins June 22
until Oct. 9

Monday,
Wednesday,
Friday,
Sunday

AC1975 departs
Toronto at 9:30 a.m.

AC1974 departs
Nanaimo at 12:15 p.m.

Air Canada Rouge 136-seat A319, Premium Rouge and Economy class

Montreal-Victoria
Begins June 22
until Oct. 9

Tuesday,
Friday,
Sunday

AC1685 departs
Montreal at 7:30 a.m.

AC1684 departs
Victoria at 10:50 a.m.

Air Canada Rouge 136-seat A319, Premium Rouge and Economy class

Copyright Photo: Air Canada rouge (Air Canada) Airbus A319-113 C-GBHZ (msn 813) FLL (Bruce Drum). Image: 104444.

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Air Canada inaugurates Montreal-Lisbon, Portugal seasonal flights

Air Canada rouge Boeing 767-333 ER WL C-FMWQ (msn 25584) FLL (Bruce Drum). Image: 104621.

Air Canada on June 15 inaugurated new summer seasonal service from Montreal to Lisbon, Portugal. The three-times weekly Air Canada Rouge seasonal Lisbon service begins June 15, 2018 from Montréal, with the last operation from Lisbon on October 27. Flights are operated with Boeing 767-300ER aircraft featuring Premium Rouge and Economy Class service and are timed to optimize connectivity from across Air Canada’s network through Air Canada’s hub in Montreal.

Flight

Departs

Arrives

Start/End 2018

Days of Week

AC1960

Montreal 20:45

Lisbon 8:10 +1 day

June 15/Oct. 26

Wed., Fri., Sun.

AC1961

Lisbon 9:45

Montreal 12:10

June 16/Oct. 27

Mon., Thurs., Sat.

In 2018, Air Canada is launching ten new destinations from Montreal: London, Windsor, Victoria (Canada); TokyoNarita, (Japan); Phoenix, Pittsburgh and Baltimore (U.S.); Dublin (Ireland); Lisbon(Portugal) and Bucharest (Romania).

Air Canada, Air Canada Rouge and its regional airline partners flying under the Air Canada Express banner operate on average approximately 2,400 flights per week between Montreal and 97 destinations: 26 in Canada, including 9 in Quebec, 23 in the United States, 26 in the Caribbean, Central America and Mexico, 16 in Europe, one in China, two in North Africa, one in the Middle East, one in South America and starting in June 2018 one in Japan (Tokyo).

Copyright Photo: Air Canada rouge Boeing 767-333 ER WL C-FMWQ (msn 25584) FLL (Bruce Drum). Image: 104621.

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Air Canada inaugurates Montreal-Bucharest flights

Air Canada rouge (Air Canada) Boeing 767-375 ER C-GEOQ (msn 30112) LAS (Ken Petersen). Image: 942273.

Air Canada has issued this statement:

The arrival of Air Canada flight 1928 at Bucharest’s Henri Coandă International Airport marks the launch of twice weekly Air Canada Rouge seasonal service to Bucharest, Romania. Flights will be operated with Air Canada Rouge Boeing 767-300ER aircraft featuring Premium Rouge and Economy class service and are timed to optimize connectivity from across Air Canada’s network through Air Canada’s Montreal hub.

Flight

Departs

Arrives

Start/End 2018

Days of Week

AC1928

Montreal 18:00

Bucharest 9:55 +1day

June 7/Oct. 4

Mon., Thurs.

AC1929

Bucharest 13:45

Montreal 16:20

June 8/Oct. 5

Tues., Fri.

In 2018, Air Canada is launching ten new destinations from Montreal: London, Windsor, Victoria (Canada); TokyoNarita, (Japan); Phoenix, Pittsburgh and Baltimore (U.S.); Dublin (Ireland); Lisbon (Portugal) and Bucharest (Romania).

Air Canada, Air Canada Rouge and its regional airline partners flying under the Air Canada Express banner operate on average approximately 2,400 flights per week between Montreal and 97 destinations: 26 in Canada, including 9 in Quebec, 23 in the United States, 26 in the Caribbean, Central America and Mexico, 16 in Europe, one in China, two in North Africa, one in the Middle East, one in South America and starting in June 2018 one in Japan (Tokyo).

Copyright Photo: Air Canada rouge (Air Canada) Boeing 767-375 ER C-GEOQ (msn 30112) LAS (Ken Petersen). Image: 942273.

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