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Air Canada to increase Vancouver-Delhi flights to daily, expands Dreamliner service from Vancouver for Summer 2019

Air Canada Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner C-GHPQ (msn 35257) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 937929.

Air Canada announced today enhancements to four international routes from Vancouver, including increasing service to Delhi with daily flights on a year-round basis starting June 2, 2019.

In addition, Air Canada is increasing its nonstop Melbourne service to four times weekly year-round, and summer seasonal service to Zurich will increase to five flights a week. YVR-Osaka (Kansai) flights will be five times weekly from June to October next summer.

All flights will be operated with Air Canada’s flagship Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

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Connectivity:

All routes are timed to optimize connectivity at Air Canada’s Vancouver hub to and from the airline’s extensive network across North America. All Australia flights are timed to connect to and from Adelaide, Canberra, Perth and to Tasmania with codeshare partner Virgin Australia. Additionally, Air Canada’s VancouverZurich flights will connect to and from destinations in Europe and Africa.

Schedule details:

 

Route

Frequency

Operating

Depart YVR

Arrive Destination

Depart Destination

Arrive YVR

YVR-Delhi (DEL)

Daily

Year-round as of June 2, 2019

AC044 01:25

DEL @ 04:00
(+1 day)

AC045 @ 06:00

07:30

YVR-Melbourne (MEL)

4 times weekly

Year-round as of June 3, 2019

AC037 @ 22:50 Mon/Wed/Fri/
Sun

MEL @ 08:05

(+2 days)

AC038 @ 09:40 Tue/Wed/Fri/
Sun

07:35

YVR-Zurich (ZRH)

5 times weekly

Jun. 6 – Oct. 13 2019

AC802 @ 13:00 Tue/Thu/Fri/Sat/Sun

ZRH @ 07:55
(+1 day)

AC803 @ 10:05 Mon/Wed/Fri/Sat/Sun

11:25

YVR-Osaka (KIX)

Up to
5 times weekly

Jun. 1 – Oct. 25 2019

AC039 @ 13:30 Mon/Tues/Wed/Thu/Sat

KIX @ 15:45 (+1 day)

AC040 @17:15 Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri/Sun

10:10

 

Vancouver expansion in 2018:

To date this year, Air Canada launched new services from its Vancouver hub to: Melbourne (extended to year-round), Paris(summer seasonal), Zurich (summer seasonal), Sacramento (year-round) and will launch new services to Lihue, Hawaii(seasonal) beginning Dec. 15, 2018.  This summer, Air Canada operated an average of 185 daily flights representing up to 23,500 available seats departing YVR every day.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Air Canada): Air Canada Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner C-GHPQ (msn 35257) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 937929.

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Air Canada to operate seasonal Montreal – Bordeaux flights

Air Canada Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 C-FSDW (msn 61212) LHR (Keith Burton). Image: 943587.

Air Canada has announced the introduction of new seasonal Montreal and Bordeaux service between June 15 and September 15, 2019.

A winery in Bordeaux, France. (CNW Group/Air Canada)

Flights will operate four days a week with Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 and are timed to optimize connectivity to Air Canada’s extensive North American network, including major cities along the US east coast including New York, Boston, Philadelphia, also allowing easy connections from Los Angeles, San Francisco and Dallas/Fort Worth.

 

Air Canada has configured its Boeing 737 MAX with two cabins of service: Premium Economy and Economy. Features of the new aircraft include:

  • An upgraded in-flight entertainment system with a sleek, new 15 language user interface. Coming soon, passengers will be able to stream video and audio to their own devices;
  • High speed Wi-Fi will be available on these flights so customers can use their devices in-flight just as they would on the ground making travelling more relaxing as well as productive;
  • Premium comfort and ambiance with improved seats and innovative LED mood lighting along the ceiling;
  • Upgraded overhead storage space compartments offer additional space for every single passenger to bring a carry-on bag;
  • The latest quiet engine technology with up to 40 per cent noise reduction, offering more peace and quiet for customers when flying;
  • The Boeing 737 MAX burns 20 per cent less fuel per seat than the previous Next-Generation 737.

 

Flight

From

To

Depart

Arrive

Days of operation

AC814

Montreal

Bordeaux

8:30 p.m.

9:25 a.m. (+1 day)

Mon, Wed, Thu, Sat

AC815

Bordeaux

Montreal

10:25 a.m.

12:20 p.m.

Tue, Thu, Fri, Sun

About Air Canada in France

The introduction of the Montreal to Bordeaux service adds to an already extensive schedule of 37 weekly flights between Canada and France. During the summer season from Montreal, Air Canada flies twice daily in Paris, as well as five times a week into Lyon on our mainline aircraft, as well as four flights a week to Nice and three per week to Marseille on Air Canada Rouge. Air Canada also flies from Toronto to Paris once a day and from Vancouver to Paris four times a week.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Air Canada): Air Canada Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 C-FSDW (msn 61212) LHR (Keith Burton). Image: 943587.

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Air Canada announces new year-round services between Toronto and Vienna

Air Canada Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner C-FSBV (msn 37182) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 942268.

Air Canada has announced the introduction of new year-round services between Toronto and Vienna starting on April 29, 2019.

The daily flights will operate with Air Canada’s flagship aircraft, the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner featuring Signature Class, Premium Economy and Economy cabins. During the winter season, from November until March, flights will operate five days a week. This service is offered in partnership with Star Alliance joint venture partner Austrian Airlines complementing their MontrealVienna flights also beginning in April 2019.

Vienna. (CNW Group/Air Canada)

In addition to flights being timed to connect conveniently with Air Canada’s and Austrian Airlines’ global network at Toronto and Vienna, flights also provide for Aeroplan accumulation and redemption, Star Alliance reciprocal benefits, and for eligible customers, priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounge access where available, priority boarding and other benefits.

 

Flight 

From 

To 

Depart

Arrive 

Days of operation 

AC898

(OS 8248)

Toronto

Vienna

18:25

8:30 (+1 day)

Daily (5 days a week in winter)

AC899

(OS 8247)

Vienna

Toronto

10:40

13:30

Daily (5 days a week in winter)

Air Canada’s Star Alliance and joint venture partner airline Austrian Airlines will also begin year-round nonstop service between Montreal and Vienna on April 29, 2019, onboard Boeing 767-300ER aircraft. These flights will operate daily in the summer and five times weekly during the winter season.

 

Flight 

From 

To 

Depart

Arrive 

Days of operation 

AC6212

(OS 74)

Montreal

Vienna

18:45

8:45 (+1 day)

Daily (5 days a week in winter)

AC6211

(OS 73)

Vienna

Montreal

10:30

13:35

Daily (5 days a week in winter)

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Air Canada): Air Canada Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner C-FSBV (msn 37182) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 942268.

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Transporting live animals: Air Canada Cargo’s position as an industry leader reinforced with IATA certification

Air Canada issued this statement:

Air Canada Cargo has become the first airline to receive a new global certification for the safe transport of live animals. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) awarded Air Canada Cargo with the Center of Excellence for Independent Validators for Live Animals Logistics (CEIV Live Animals) Certification following successful completion of the verification process in its Montreal facility. This certification reinforces that Air Canada Cargo is operating to the highest standards in the transport of live animals, be it exotic species or household pets.

Air Canada Cargo has transported a wide variety of animals, including Alpacas (CNW Group/Air Canada)

“Air Canada Cargo is a trusted carrier for thousands of animal shippers worldwide and has followed the IATA Live Animal Regulations (LAR). We expertly handle complex shipments, from rescued dogs, endangered animals travelling between zoos for conservation efforts and of course family pets. We are honoured to have been selected to participate in the CEIV Live Certification program and are proud of the team at Air Canada Cargo for achieving the industry’s first ever certification, which reinforces our position as an industry leader,” said Tim Strauss, Vice President, Cargo.

“I want to congratulate Air Canada for their great leadership in achieving the first CEIV Live Animals certification in the world,” said Nick Careen, IATA’s Senior Vice President, Airport, Passenger, Cargo and Security. “Proper handling and transporting of live animals is a very important aspect of the cargo supply chain, with many unique complexities. Global standards and expertise are key to the safe and humane transportation by air of this precious cargo.”

IATA launched the new standardized global certification program to improve and reinforce the safety and welfare of animals travelling by air earlier this year. Air Canada Cargo was chosen to undergo a pilot for the program.

Over several months from January to July, as part of a thorough audit, IATA’s specialists reviewed Air Canada Cargo’s live animal transport policies and procedures in its Montreal facility. Compliance with Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) was fully reviewed as was compliance with protocols like the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

Photo: Air Canada.

Air Canada sets new single day record for customers carried

  • More than 178,000 customers expected to board Air Canada aircraft today
  • More than 5.2 million customers carried in record-setting July

Air Canada on August 3 will welcome more than 178,000 customers on board its aircraft, a new, single-day record for Canada’s flag carrier.

“We are delighted customers are choosing Air Canada in record numbers for their travel plans, where we carried more than 5.2 million customers in a record setting July. With the peak summer season in full force now and heading into the August long weekend, we are expecting to carry more than 178,000 customers today alone. This is a new single day achievement for Air Canada, and it surpasses our previous single day record set earlier this summer,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Airlines and Chief Operating Officer at Air Canada. “To put this accomplishment into context, it is equivalent to transporting more people living in the entire city of Saguenay, QC, or in the area of AbbotsfordMission, BC or in the whole province of Prince Edward Island — all in one day.

Photo: Air Canada.

Aimia rejects bid by Air Canada, TD, CIBC and Visa Canada Consortium for Aeroplan Program

Air Canada issued this statement:

  • Proposal provided the best outcome for all Aimia stakeholders and Aeroplan members, and provided the only opportunity for all Aeroplan Miles to transfer into Air Canada’s new loyalty program.
  • Proposed transaction, including cash and assumption of Aeroplan’s redemption liabilities, would have delivered a sizeable premium to Aimia share price.

Air Canada, The Toronto-Dominion Bank, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, and Visa Canada Corporation have announced that Aimia Inc. has rejected their proposal to acquire its Aeroplan loyalty business disclosed on July 25, 2018. The parties had set a deadline of August 2, 2018 for Aimia to accept the proposal.

Air Canada, TD, CIBC and Visa enhanced the offer and engaged in extensive discussions with Aimia over the past several days to attempt to reach an economically viable agreement.

The proposal would have ensured value and continuity for Aeroplan members as well as customers of Air Canada, TD, CIBC and Visa. As previously communicated, it would have also allowed Aeroplan Miles to transfer into Air Canada’s new loyalty program in 2020, providing convenience and value for millions of Canadians.

The July 25 proposal was for a total consideration of $2.25 billion, including $250 million in cash and the assumption of approximately $2 billion of Aeroplan points liability. The proposal implied an estimated market equivalent value of $3.64 per Aimia share, a 52.3% premium to the 30-day VWAP and a 45.6% premium to the spot closing price as of July 24, 2018. The market equivalent value was comprised of the Aeroplan loyalty business proposal value of $1.64 per Aimia common share plus non Aeroplan loyalty program net assets valued at $2.00 per common share based on fair market value estimates contained in Mittleman Investment Management’s Q1 2018 investor letter.*

Air Canada completes the inauguration of new 25 new routes

Air Canada Boeing 777-333 ER C-FIUR (msn 35242) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 942577.

Air Canada today inaugurates five new nonstop regional services from Montreal to Windsor, Montreal to London ON, Edmonton to Kelowna, Edmonton and Victoria, Calgary and Comox, completing the successful launch of 25 new year-round and seasonal routes this summer.

The 25 new routes were inaugurated between May 1 and July 2, 2018 and include a combination of Air Canada mainline, Air Canada Rouge and Air Canada Express services:

 

Departure City

Destination

Service

Toronto

Buenos Aires

Mainline

Toronto

Shannon*

Mainline

Toronto

Zagreb*

Rouge

Toronto

Porto*

Rouge

Toronto

Bucharest*

Rouge

Toronto

Omaha

Express

Toronto

Providence*

Express

Toronto

Nanaimo*

Rouge

Toronto

Kamloops*

Rouge

Montreal

Tokyo Narita

Mainline

Montreal

Dublin*

Mainline

Montreal

Bucharest*

Rouge

Montreal

Lisbon*

Rouge

Montreal

Baltimore

Express

Montreal

Pittsburgh

Express

Montreal

Victoria*

Rouge

Montreal

Windsor

Express

Montreal

London, ON

Express

Vancouver

Zurich*

Mainline

Vancouver

Paris*

Mainline

Vancouver

Sacramento

Express

Edmonton

San Francisco

Express

Edmonton

Kelowna

Express

Edmonton

Victoria*

Express

Calgary

Comox*

Express

*Indicates summer seasonal route

Copyright Photo: Air Canada Boeing 777-333 ER C-FIUR (msn 35242) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 942577.

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