Category Archives: Air Canada

Air Canada’s new Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 enters regular service

The second MAX 8 for Air Canada

Air Canada embarked on December 12, 2017 on the next phase of its transformation with the entry into scheduled service of its new Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 aircraft. Flight AC137 from Toronto to Calgary this morning was the first to be operated using the 169-seat, fuel-efficient aircraft, featuring Air Canada’s next generation in-flight entertainment system, spacious overhead storage bin capacity and Boeing’s Sky Interior. Throughout the day it will then fly passengers from Calgary to Montreal, followed by service from Montreal to Vancouver.

Air Canada Boeing 737 MAX In-flight Entertainment (CNW Group/Air Canada)

“Introducing a new aircraft type to the fleet is always exciting for an airline, but we know customers will be even more thrilled by the Boeing 737 MAX, which is set to become the mainstay of our North American, narrow-body fleet. With this new aircraft we are introducing the next generation of our onboard entertainment system and customers will find ample storage space for carry-on baggage in its generous overhead bins,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada.

“The 737 MAX is also more fuel efficient and quieter than the older, narrow-body aircraft it will replace, benefitting the environment. This increased efficiency will also enable us to compete more effectively and gives the aircraft extended range capabilities so we can launch new city pairings within North America, and routes to select international destinations. Combined with our fleet of Boeing 777 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, the Boeing 737 MAX will ensure Air Canada continues to have one of the most modern fleets among global carriers,” said Mr. Smith.

Air Canada has 61 firm orders for the 737 MAX. They are to be delivered by 2021, with 18 due to enter the fleet by the end of 2018. Its first scheduled flights in North America include service to Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver and Montreal. The aircraft is also scheduled to operate internationally to Keflavik, Dublin and Shannon starting in summer 2018. Air Canada has configured the 737 MAX in two cabins of service, North American Business and Economy. Features of the new aircraft include:

  • Premium comfort and ambiance with improved seats and innovative LED mood lighting along the ceiling;
  • 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;
  • Faster Wi-Fi due to antennas with the highest bandwidth available in the industry, available starting in early 2018;
  • Upgraded overhead storage space compartments offer additional space for every single passenger to bring a carry-on bag;
  • The latest quiet engine technology for up to 40 percent less noise, meaning more peace and quiet for customers when flying;
  • The 737 MAX uses 20 percent less fuel per seat than the original Next-Generation 737.

Copyright Photo: Air Canada Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 N6066U (C-FSCY) (msn 61208) BFI (Joe G. Walker). Image: 940163.


Air Canada inaugurates the only nonstop flights from Canada to Melbourne, Australia

Air Canada Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner C-FRSR (msn 37178) SCL (Alvaro Romero). Image: 938302.

Air Canada’s inaugural flight, AC037 Boeing 787 Dreamliner service, departed Vancouver December 1, 2017 in the late evening, and arrived Sunday morning, December 3, 2017 to a water cannon welcome salute at Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport. This arrival marks the only nonstop service linking Canada and Melbourne, Air Canada’s third destination served in Australia. Seasonal service now operates four times weekly between Vancouver and Melbourne until February 4, 2018 and year-round service begins June 1, 2018.

Air Canada’s state-of-the-art Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft features 30 International Business Class lie-flat seat suites, 21 Premium Economy and 247 Economy Class seats with upgraded, and personalized in-flight entertainment at every seat throughout the aircraft.




Days of Operation




Vancouver (YVR)

Melbourne (MEL)

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat

10:45 p.m.

09:45 a.m. +2 days


Melbourne (MEL)

Vancouver (YVR)

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun

11:40 a.m.

07:30 a.m.

Copyright Photo: Air Canada Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner C-FRSR (msn 37178) SCL (Alvaro Romero). Image: 938302.


Air Canada expands its North American network with new transborder routes starting in the Spring of 2018

Air Canada Express-Jazz Aviation Bombardier CRJ705 (CL-600-2D15) C-GLJZ (msn 15051) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 908281.

Air Canada has announced several new nonstop year-round transborder routes will begin in the Spring of 2018 from Toronto, Montreal, Edmonton and Vancouver.



May 17, 2018


Air Canada Express 76
seat CRJ-705/900

Edmonton-San Francisco


May 1, 2018


Air Canada Express 76
seat CRJ-705/900



May 1, 2018


Air Canada Express 50-
seat CRJ



May 17, 2018

Summer seasonal

Air Canada Express 50-
seat CRJ



May 17, 2018


Air Canada Express 50-
seat CRJ



May 17, 2018


Air Canada Express 50-
seat CRJ

These new routes complement Air Canada’s previously announced new nonstop international services beginning 2018: VancouverParis; VancouverZurich; VancouverMelbourne, originally planned as winter seasonal now operating year-round starting June; Toronto-Shannon, TorontoZagreb; TorontoPorto; TorontoBucharest; TorontoBuenos Aires; MontrealTokyoNarita; MontrealDublin; MontrealBucharest; and MontrealLisbon.

Copyright Photo: Air Canada Express-Jazz Aviation Bombardier CRJ705 (CL-600-2D15) C-GLJZ (msn 15051) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 908281.


Air Canada’s new Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 to enter service on December 11

The first Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 for AC, will become  C-FTJV,  fleet number 501

Starting December 11, 2017, the first Boeing 737 Max aircraft will enter Air Canada’s fleet and begin flying within Canada.

The aircraft will initially be deployed on select flights on the following routes:

  • Montreal – Calgary
  • Montreal – Toronto
  • Montreal – Vancouver
  • Toronto – Ottawa

The Boeing 737 aircraft will gradually replace Air Canada’s existing mainline fleet of Airbus narrowbody aircraft, creating one of the world’s youngest, most fuel efficient and simplified airline fleets.

Copyright Photo: Air Canada Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 N60436 (C-FTJV) (msn 61207) BFI (Joe G. Walker). Image: 939707.

Air Canada:

Air Canada and Cargojet will not extend their agreement

Cargojet Airways Boeing 767-328 ER (F) C-GVIJ (msn 27212) SVO (OSDU). Image: 931321.

Air Canada Cargo has issued this statement:

The agreement between Air Canada and Cargojet will expire at the end of 2017 and will not be extended. As such, dedicated freighter service will be terminated to and from Mexico, Dallas-Fort Worth, Atlanta, Bogota, Lima and Frankfurt.

Air Canada Cargo will continue to offer our complete range of cargo services on widebody passenger flights in most of those markets. Air Canada will be adding daily 767 passenger flights between Canada and Mexico, and three additional weekly frequencies between Canada and Lima in 2018.

We will continue to offer our extensive trucking network facilitating connections to widebody flights out of US cities like Miami, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Orlando, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Newark or connect to widebody flights out of Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal.

Copyright Photo: Cargojet Airways Boeing 767-328 ER (F) C-GVIJ (msn 27212) SVO (OSDU). Image: 931321.


Air Canada suspends service to San Juan and St. Maarten

Air Canada Airbus A321-211 C-GJWI (msn 1772) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 937007.

Air Canada and Air Canada rouge are suspending winter seasonal service to both San Juan, Puerto Rico and St. Maarten due to hurricane damage and the long recovery for both islands. The airline was planning to operate to San Juan from both Montreal and Toronto (Pearson) this winter as well as Toronto – St. Maarten.

The airline is planning to resume winter service to both destinations in the winter 2018/19 season according to Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Air Canada Airbus A321-211 C-GJWI (msn 1772) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 937007.

Air Canada and Sky Regional Airlines conclude a 10-Year extension to the Capacity Purchase Agreement

Airline Color Scheme - Introduced 2017

Air Canada and Sky Regional Airlines announced on November 7, 2017 they have concluded a 10-year extension to their  existing capacity purchase agreement (CPA), effective April 1, 2017.

In addition to Sky Regional, Air Canada has capacity purchase agreements with its other regional airline partners, Jazz, Air Georgian and EVAS, that operate regional Air Canada Express flights on behalf of Air Canada.

Sky Regional Airlines Inc. is a Canadian company that operates regional routes on behalf of Air Canada under the Air Canada Express banner. Since its inception in 2010, and its first commercial flight on May 1, 2011, Sky Regional has operated a fleet of Bombardier Q400 aircraft offering service to such markets as Toronto, Montreal and Moncton.

In 2013, the airline expanded, adding 15 Embraer E175 series aircraft serving the Northeastern United States, flying in excess of 100 flights per day into cities including Boston, New York, Newark, Philadelphia, Washington, Dallas, and Chicago. In 2016, Sky Regional expanded its fleet with an additional five E175 aircraft serving such markets as Jacksonville, Houston, Denver and Atlanta.

On February 23, 2017, the airline saw the departure of the Bombardier Q400s and now the entire fleet is comprised of 25 Embraer E175 series aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Air Canada Express (Sky Regional Airlines) Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) C-FRQN (msn 17000147) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 937582.

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