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Air Canada introduces winter service from Quebec City to Cancun, Mexico and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Airline Color Scheme - Introduced 2013 (second)

Air Canada today announced two new winter services from Quebec City (YQB) to popular sun destinations Cancun, Mexico and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Service to Cancun begins December 21, 2019 until April 11, 2020, while Punta Cana flights start December 22, 2019 until April 12, 2020.

 

The flights will be operated on a 200-seat all-economy Air Canada Rouge Airbus A321.

Flight

Departs

Arrives

Days of Week

AC1776

Quebec City 08:00

Cancun 13:00

Saturday

AC1777

Cancun 14:00

Quebec City 18:30

Saturday

AC1772

Quebec City 08:20

Punta Cana 13:50

Sunday

AC1773

Punta Cana 14:50

Quebec City 18:30

Sunday

This announcement represents the first expansion of Air Canada’s leisure travel offerings since the announcement of its exclusive agreement to pursue a combination with Transat A.T. The transaction, if completed, is expected to facilitate continued growth and expansion in the highly competitive, global leisure travel segment.

Air Canada in Quebec City

Including these two new routes, Air Canada will offer close to 1.2 million seats in the Quebec City market in 2019. Air Canada, Air Canada Rouge and its regional airline partners flying under the Air Canada Express banner operate approximately 275 flights per week between Quebec and Montreal, Sept-Iles, Gaspe, Toronto and Ottawa.

Top Copyright Photo: Air Canada rouge (Air Canada) Airbus A321-211 WL C-FJOU (msn 6873) FLL (Tony Storck). Image: 930981.

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Air Canada rouge launches new seasonal services to Bordeaux

Air Canada made this announcement:

With flight AC1908 landing on July 4 in Bordeaux, Air Canada marks the launch of new nonstop seasonal service from Montreal to its fifth destination in France. The service to the popular wine region runs between July 3 and September 8, 2019 three days a week.

Taste The Fine Wine Of The Bordeaux Region With Air Canada’s New Seasonal Service From Montreal (CNW Group/Air Canada)

Flights are timed to optimize connectivity to Air Canada’s extensive North American network, including major cities along the U.S. east coast including New York, Boston, Philadelphia, also allowing easy connections from Los Angeles, San Francisco and Dallas.

 

Flight

From

To

Depart

Arrive

Days of operation

AC1908

Montreal

Bordeaux

8:00 p.m.

8:50 a.m. (+1 day)

Wed, Thu, Sat

AC1909

Bordeaux

Montreal

10:25 a.m.

12:22 p.m.

Thu, Fri, Sun

The flights are operated by Air Canada Rouge with a Boeing 767-300ER, featuring premium and economy cabins. All flights provide for Aeroplan accumulation and redemption and, for eligible customers, priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounge access, priority boarding and other benefits.

Air Canada to launch daily nonstop, year-round Calgary-Terrace service

Air Canada Express-Jazz Aviation Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-GJZK (msn 4499) YYC (Chris Sands). Image: 946862.

Air Canada has announced it will launch daily nonstop, year-round flights between Calgary and Terrace beginning October 28, 2019, which will complement the airline’s five times daily flights between Vancouver and Terrace.

Air Canada is also increasing capacity on key regional routes across Western Canada this winter with its flexible fleet including continued deployment of the popular Bombardier Q400 aircraft.

Increased services across Western Canada regional markets this fall and winter peak compared to last year include:

 

Route

Frequencies & Aircraft*

Capacity Increase

Calgary-Terrace

Daily with Q400s

new

Vancouver-Terrace

5 x daily with Q400s

+30%

Vancouver-Prince Rupert

2 x daily with Q400s

+56%

Vancouver-Smithers

2 x daily with Q400s

+56%

Vancouver-Fort St. John

4 x daily with Q400s

+20%

Vancouver-Kamloops

5 x daily with Q400s

+56%

Vancouver-Penticton

3 x daily with Q400s

+56%

Vancouver-Comox

3 x daily with Q400s

+56%

Vancouver-Sandspit

Daily with Q400s

+56%

Vancouver-Saskatoon

3 daily with CRJ900s offering Business and Economy Class

+44%

Vancouver-Regina

3 daily with CRJ900s offering Business and Economy Class

+44%

Vancouver-Whitehorse

2 x daily with A319s/A320s offering Business and Economy Class

+24%

Calgary-Kamloops

2 x daily with Q400s

+56%

Calgary-Winnipeg

3 x daily with A319s/CRJ900s offering Business and Economy Class

+40%

Edmonton-Fort McMurray

3 x daily with Q400s

+70%

Edmonton-Grande Prairie

2 x daily with Q400s

+56%

*Detailed schedules are available at aircanada.com

Top Copyright Photo: Air Canada Express-Jazz Aviation Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-GJZK (msn 4499) YYC (Chris Sands). Image: 946862.

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Air Canada announces increased capacity and enhanced services to Atlantic Canada

Air Canada rouge (Air Canada) Airbus A319-114 C-FYIY (msn 634) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 928681.

Air Canada today announced a host of enhancements to Atlantic Canada services starting this winter. Overall capacity will increase by 8% as some routes will transfer to Air Canada Rouge, and other Air Canada Rouge and mainline services will be extended to year-round.

Beginning October 27, 2019, twice daily Saint JohnToronto flights will be operated year-round by Air Canada Rouge using an Airbus A319, replacing the Bombardier Q400s. This represents a 16% increase in available seats, while also offering an upgraded customer experience on the A319 which features Premium Rouge and Economy cabins, as well as streaming in-flight entertainment.

Air Canada operates out of four airports in New Brunswick with roughly 1,600 daily seats available for travellers. Also continuing year-round will be Air Canada Rouge service from Toronto to Moncton (three times a day) and Fredericton (twice a day), also operated by an Airbus A319, representing a 16% capacity increase through the winter season.

CharlottetownToronto flights operated by Air Canada Rouge in the summer will become year-round service as of December 16, 2019, with two daily flights operated with an Airbus A319. Air Canada offers nonstop flights from Charlottetown to Halifax, Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto.

Rouge Fleet:

Air Canada is also adding a second daily flight between Gander, NL and Halifax during the winter season. Flights between Halifax and Gander will be operated year-round on the Bombardier Q400.

From Halifax, Air Canada mainline will operate year-round nonstop service to Calgary on an Airbus A319 beginning March 1, 2020.

Air Canada also recently inaugurated nonstop service between Montreal and Sydney, Nova Scotia, for the summer season.

All flights provide for Aeroplan accumulation and redemption, Star Alliance reciprocal benefits and, for eligible customers, priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounge access, priority boarding and other benefits.

Top Copyright Photo: Air Canada rouge (Air Canada) Airbus A319-114 C-FYIY (msn 634) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 928681.

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Air Canada inaugurates service to Sydney, Nova Scotia from Montreal

Air Canada on June 27 inaugurated new, nonstop service between Montreal and Sydney, Nova Scotia. This arrival of flight AC7998 in Sydney marked the beginning of daily service between the two cities until October 26, 2019. The flight will be operated on a 78-seat Q400 turboprop aircraft. This connection will allow for travel between the two cities, or travellers can connect onward to other destinations from across Air Canada’s network through the hub in Montreal.

This arrival of flight AC7998 in Sydney yesterday marked the beginning of daily service between the two cities until October 26, 2019. (CNW Group/Air Canada)

 

Flight

Departs

Arrives

Days of Week

AC7998

Montreal 13:20

Sydney 16:20

Daily

AC7997

Sydney 6:00

Montreal 7:05

Daily

 

All flights provide for Aeroplan accumulation and redemption, Star Alliance reciprocal benefits and, for eligible customers, priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounge access at the Montreal hub, priority boarding and other benefits.

Air Canada acquires Transat, Air Transat to be merged into Air Canada

Air Transat Airbus A321-211 WL C-GTXV (msn 6526) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 946807.

Air Canada and Transat A.T. Inc. announced today that they have concluded a definitive Arrangement Agreement that provides for Air Canada’s acquisition of all issued and outstanding shares of Transat and its combination with Air Canada. Under the terms of the binding agreement, unanimously approved by the Board of Directors of Transat, Air Canada will acquire all outstanding shares of Transat for $13 per share. The value of the all-cash transaction is approximately $520 million.

Air Canada and Transat A.T. Inc. Conclude Definitive Arrangement Agreement for Combination of the Two Companies (CNW Group/Air Canada)

The transaction remains subject to regulatory and shareholder approvals and other closing conditions usual in this type of transaction. If such approvals are obtained and conditions are met, the transaction is expected to be completed in early 2020.

Unanimous approval of the Transat Board of Directors

Following an approach from Air Canada in the Fall of 2018, Transat and Air Canada commenced discussions in late 2018 to explore a possible combination. Transat formed a Special Committee of independent directors to evaluate the proposal with the assistance of financial and legal advisors, consider, and if deemed advisable, undertake a process for the formal review of strategic alternatives, consider any alternative proposal, and make recommendations to the Board of Directors in the best interests of the Corporation and all its stakeholders. The Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Transat and its Board of Directors have since then met multiple times in connection with all expressions of interest received by Transat, including Air Canada’s proposal.

On April 30, 2019, the Corporation announced having received expressions of interest and being in preliminary discussions with more than one party concerning a potential transaction involving the acquisition of the Corporation.

On May 15, 2019, Air Canada and Transat entered into a Letter of Intent with an exclusivity period to complete due diligence and to finalize definitive documentation reflecting the agreed terms. After that date, other parties continued to express unsolicited, non-binding interest in Transat.

On June 26, 2019, after an extensive review, the Special Committee of Transat’s Board of Directors concluded unanimously that combining with Air Canada and entering into the Arrangement Agreement are in the best interests of Transat and its stakeholders, including its employees, clients, shareholders, partners and suppliers, and has provided its unanimous recommendation to the Transat Board of Directors to that effect.

On June 27, 2019, the Transat Board of Directors, having among other considerations, received and considered the recommendation of the Special Committee, unanimously determined that the transaction is in the best interests of Transat and its stakeholders, approved the Arrangement Agreement and recommended that Transat shareholders vote in favour of the transaction. In addition, each of the directors and executive officers of Transat has entered into a voting support agreement pursuant to which each of them has committed to vote in favour of the transaction.

Each of National Bank Financial and BMO Capital Markets has provided the Transat Board of Directors with an opinion to the effect that, as of the date thereof, the consideration to be received by holders of Transat shares with respect to the transaction was fair, from a financial point of view, to such holders, in each case subject to the respective limitations, qualifications, assumptions and other matters set forth in such opinions.

The terms of the Arrangement Agreement provide for a break fee of $15 million payable by Transat in case of termination of the agreement in certain circumstances, including upon acceptance of a Superior Proposal that is not matched by Air Canada. Under the Arrangement Agreement, a Superior Proposal is defined, in part, as an unsolicited bona fide written acquisition proposal, that is made at a firm price per share equal to or exceeding $14 in cash, that has fully committed financing from a financial institution or similar organization (or is made by a person with adequate cash on hand), and that the Board of Directors of Transat determines in its good faith judgment, after receiving legal and financial advice, would result in a transaction that would be in the best interests of Transat and its stakeholders and be more favourable, from a financial point of view, to Transat shareholders. The terms and conditions for the making of a Superior Proposal and its complete definition are contained in the Arrangement Agreement.

The Arrangement Agreement also provides for the payment by Air Canada of a reverse break fee of a maximum of $40 million in the event that the agreement is terminated because regulatory or governmental approvals are not obtained, subject to certain conditions.

Further details regarding the terms of the transaction are set out in the Arrangement Agreement. The acquisition will proceed by way of a court-approved plan of arrangement pursuant to the Canada Business Corporations Act. Additional information regarding the terms of the Arrangement Agreement and the background of the transaction will be provided in the information circular for the special meeting of Transat shareholders. Copies of both the Arrangement Agreement and the information circular will be made available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

Air Canada has retained Morgan Stanley as its financial advisor and Stikeman Elliott LLP as its legal advisor. Transat has retained National Bank Financial as financial advisor and Fasken as legal advisor. BMO Capital Markets and Norton Rose Fulbright are acting respectively as financial and legal advisors to the Special Committee of Transat’s Board of Directors.

Air Canada Head Office in Montreal.

Headquartered in Montreal since 1949, Air Canada maintains one of the largest global head offices in Quebec and has been named one of Montreal’s top employers in each of the last six years. Air Canada employs 36,000 employees globally, with approximately 10,000 in the province of Quebec where it has created over 2,600 new jobs over the last five years. Air Canada’s President and Chief Executive Officer and other Executive Committee members are all based at the Montreal Headquarters.

Air Canada serves 11 airports across Quebec. Montreal-Trudeau Airport is a strategic hub for Air Canada connecting its Quebec and Atlantic Canada domestic network, with its U.S. trans-border, Caribbean, European, North African, Asian and South American flights. To the U.S. alone, Air Canada connects Montreal-Trudeau to some 24 cities.

Since 2012, Air Canada has launched 35 new routes from Montreal-Trudeau to global markets including Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo, Tel Aviv, Lima, Sao Paulo, and Casablanca. This growth has allowed Montreal to rank amongst the top 50 most internationally connected cities in the world and to become one of the largest North American hubs.

Air Canada served more than 10 million passengers in Montreal in 2018.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Air Transat Airbus A321-211 WL C-GTXV (msn 6526) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 946807.

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Air Canada Introduces Maple Leaf Lounge Express: Another Convenient Way to Work or Relax before Flying to the U.S. from Toronto Pearson

Air Canada has unveiled another convenient way for premium customers to work or relax prior to their flight with the Maple Leaf Lounge Express, located in the Toronto Pearson International Airport Terminal 1-transborder departure area. The lounge joins the existing Maple Leaf Lounge as the second premium lounge product available to customers departing to the US from Toronto-Pearson. Business Class customers or those with select Altitude Status, as well as Star Alliance Gold members departing on an Air Canada, or United Airlines flight will be eligible to access the Maple Leaf Lounge Express.

Air Canada Introduces Maple Leaf Lounge Express: Another Convenient Way to Work or Relax before Flying to the U.S. from Toronto Pearson (CNW Group/Air Canada)

“We are excited to welcome Air Canada and Star Alliance customers travelling to the United States in our new Maple Leaf Lounge Express. This unique space has been created to enhance the overall travel experience of our premium customers and represents a commitment to our transborder product,” said Andrew Yiu, Vice President, Product at Air Canada. “This all-new lounge is just steps from the Air Canada commuter gates, making it easy to enjoy comfort on the go before flying to the U.S. Customers will be warmly received by a premium agent, and enjoy a calm environment in which to work or relax before their Air Canada flight.”

(CNW Group/Air Canada)

The Express lounge, just steps away from departure gates F84-F99, has seating for 50 customers. The new space features a self-serve bar, offering a wide selection of beverages, including Canadian wines and Lavazza specialty coffee and a selection of light snacks. Business travellers planning to work on site may also take advantage of complimentary Wi-Fi.

A new commuter facility was recently opened at Toronto Pearson Terminal 1 to provide additional access and to better service commuter narrow body aircraft flying to the United States. This new commuter facility was developed by the Greater Toronto Airports Authority and improves airport efficiencies within the new Terminal 1 building.  The new Maple Leaf Lounge Express further enhances the customer experience in this gate area.

As a leading global carrier, Air Canada offers eligible customers access to 23 Maple Leaf Lounges worldwide including 17 at Canadian airports, plus the Signature Suite at Toronto Pearson global hub featuring 5-star dining. Customers travelling abroad may also enjoy lounges at New York-LaGuardia, New YorkNewark, Los Angeles, London Heathrow, Frankfurt and Paris.

Photos: Air Canada.