Copyright Photo: Eddie Maloney/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-33A ER C-GHPE (msn 33423) is pictured on the ground at Las Vegas.
Hawaiian Airlines (Honolulu) has announced the signing of a codeshare agreement with Air China (Beijing), China’s exclusive national flag carrier, that leverages the reach of their respective hubs in Honolulu and Beijing to offer more options and a more streamlined experience for customers traveling to further destinations. The new partnership takes effect following Hawaiian’s launch of its three-times weekly nonstop service to Beijing on April 16.
Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-33A N591HA (msn 33423) approaches the runway at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
Bottom Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-39L ER B-2033 (msn 38673) arrives at the Beijing hub.
Air Canada rouge (Toronto-Pearson) on October 27 launches service between Toronto (Pearson) and Las Vegas and will launch service between Montreal and Las Vegas on March 13, 2014.
Starting this Sunday, Air Canada rouge will offer ten flights a week from Toronto to Las Vegas for the winter 2013-2014 season featuring 264-seat wide-body Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft, representing a capacity increase of 13% on the route over last winter when it was operated by Air Canada. Air Canada rouge will assume the Montreal-Las Vegas route from Air Canada effective March 13, 2014 with ten flights a week. Air Canada will continue to operate service between Vancouver and Calgary to/from Las Vegas for the winter season.
Toronto-Las Vegas winter flight schedule (effective October 27, 2013):
Air Canada rouge’s service between Toronto and Las Vegas features convenient flight times that maximize travellers’ time in Las Vegas. The daily flight departs Toronto at 9:05 a.m., arriving in Las Vegas at 10:59 a.m. and departs Las Vegas at 12:15 p.m. arriving in Toronto at 7:22 p.m. The second flight, which operates on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays departs Toronto at 8:45 p.m., arriving in Las Vegas at 10:39 p.m. and departs Las Vegas at 11:55 p.m., arriving the next day in Toronto at 7:00 a.m.
Montreal Las Vegas winter flight schedule (effective March 13, 2014):
Air Canada rouge’s winter service between Montreal and Las Vegas also features convenient, customer-friendly flight times. The daily flight will depart Montreal at 7:40 a.m. arriving in Las Vegas at 10:28 a.m. and will depart Las Vegas at 11:15 a.m. arriving in Montreal at 7:08 p.m. The second flight, which will operate on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays departs Montreal at 7:50 p.m., arriving Las Vegas at 10:38 p.m. and departs Las Vegas at 10:20 p.m., arriving the next day in Montreal at 7:13 a.m.
Air Canada rouge will operate the Toronto-Las Vegas route with a 264-seat wide-body Boeing 767 aircraft featuring three classes of seating: Premium rouge, rouge Plus and rouge. Premium rouge has 18 seats in a 2 + 2 + 2 configuration with a 41- 42″ pitch, a 7″ inch recline. rouge Plus has 4 rows in a 2 + 3 + 2 configuration behind Premium rouge, with a 35″ pitch, up to 5″, and rouge seating has 246 seats in a 2 + 3 + 2 configuration with a 30-32″ pitch and a 6″ recline. Premium rouge customers on Air Canada rouge North American flights now earn enhanced Aeroplan Miles, have access to priority security lines and complimentary Maple Leaf Lounge access.
Air Canada rouge crew offer the airline’s unique warm welcome onboard. Trained in customer service excellence, the rouge crew take every measure to ensure that flights are relaxed, enjoyable and are part of a memorable start and end to a Las Vegas vacation.
A tasty selection of meals, drinks and snacks, as well as comfort items such as pillows, blankets and headphones, are available onboard through Air Canada rouge’s Buy On Board service.
Air Canada rouge aircraft are all equipped with player, a next generation in-flight entertainment system that streams unlimited live entertainment — including movies, TV shows, kids programming, music and an About Us section — to customers’ personal electronic devices. Air Canada rouge is one of the first airlines in North America to offer streaming onboard content. player is offered at a nominal fee of $5 for rouge and rouge Plus customers for unlimited movie and TV show access; music and destination content are always complimentary. Customers simply need to bring their own fully-charged laptop or iPad, iPod or iPhone, or they can rent an iPad on board for $10.
Copyright Photo: Paul Doyle/AirlinersGallery.com. Air Canada rouge Boeing 767-33A ER C-GHPE (msn 33423) lands at Dublin.
Air Canada (Montreal) announced the growth of its leisure carrier subsidiary, Air Canada rouge, is on track to expand to a total of 23 holiday destinations in the Caribbean, Mexico, Florida and Las Vegas for its 2013-2014 winter season.
“We are delighted with the response to Air Canada rouge’s inaugural summer season as it prepares for take-off July 1st,” said Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive Officer, inToronto for a pre-inaugural event with employees and media. “Our plans for growing the Air Canada rouge fleet are on track to serve more holiday destination markets where we can now compete on a more cost effective basis operating our new leisure carrier, while leveraging the strength of Air Canada Vacations. Once Air Canada rouge completes its inaugural summer season to Edinburgh, Venice, Athens and a number of Caribbean destinations, its flying will expand southward for the winter to an additional 13 destinations in the Caribbean, Mexico and select U.S. holiday markets. I would like to commend Michael Friisdahl and his team at Air Canada rouge for overcoming the complexity and challenges of launching a new carrier in record time with professionalism and an impressive sense of purpose. I also congratulate the first Air Canada rouge inflight graduating class who we expect will set an excellent customer service standard for vacation travel.”
“As new Boeing 777-300 ER and 787 aircraft enter the Air Canada mainline fleet, we intend to continue spooling up Air Canada rouge to reach a total of up to 50 aircraft. The growth of our leisure carrier, in tandem with the mainline fleet renewal and international network expansion, is a key element of Air Canada’s overall strategy for sustainable, profitable growth, both at the mainline and leisure carrier. With a renewed, more efficient fleet combined with our award-winning product, Air Canada will be well positioned to expand its mainline global network to new, higher business-demand destinations while Air Canada rouge profitably expands Air Canada’s presence on a lower cost basis in current and future leisure markets that present new opportunities,” concluded Mr. Rovinescu.
Air Canada will take delivery of five new Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft for its mainline fleet between June 2013 and February 2014, and the first three of 37 Boeing 787 aircraft by the summer of 2014. Air Canada is scheduled to take delivery of seven 787 aircraft in 2014 and the remaining 30 between 2015 and 2019.
Air Canada rouge’s July 1 start-up fleet consisting of two Airbus A319 aircraft and two Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft will grow to ten aircraft by the end of 2013 with the addition of six Airbus A319 aircraft by December 2013, and an additional four Airbus A319 aircraft by March 2014, for a total of 14 aircraft by the end of the 2013-2014 winter season.
A number of popular holiday destinations currently served by Air Canada’s mainline carrier will be converted to Air Canada rouge service on a phased-in basis beginning October 2013 through March 2014 as additional aircraft are released by the mainline airline for operation by its leisure carrier.
Air Canada rouge will operate flights to the following popular holiday destinations for its 2013-2014 Winter Schedule. Flights are now available for purchase at aircanada.com and through travel agents:
Mexico: flights from Toronto to Cancun, Puerto Vallarta*, Cabo San Lucas* and Huatulco*, subject to government approval.
United States: flights from Toronto and Montreal to Orlando and Las Vegas, and from Toronto to Sarasota*, Florida.
Caribbean: flights from Toronto to Montego Bay, Jamaica; Grenada*; St. Kitts*; Grand Exuma, Bahamas; Curacao*, Netherlands Antilles; and La Romana*, Dominican Republic. This is in addition to Air Canada rouge service commencing with its summer 2013 schedule on July 1 from Toronto year-round to 10 Caribbean and Central America destinations: Kingston, Jamaica; the Dominican Republic (Punta Cana, Puerto Plata and Samana), Cuba (Varadero, Cayo Coco, Holguin and Santa Clara) and Costa Rica (San Jose and Liberia).
* Seasonal services where indicated. All other routes are year-round services.
All flights will be operated using Airbus A319 aircraft, with the exception of Toronto-Las Vegas and Toronto-Montego Bay flights that will be operated with Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft.
Air Canada rouge’s Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft feature a two-cabin configuration with three customer comfort options including rouge, rouge Plus with preferred seating with additional legroom, and, beginning in winter 2013, Premium rouge offering both additional room and enhanced service. The airline’s Airbus A319 aircraft are configured with rouge and rouge Plus preferred seating. All flights will offer customers streamed wireless inflight entertainment, stylish and modern cabin interiors with innovative new seats, and the ability to earn and redeem Aeroplan miles.
Copyright Photo: Greenwing/AirlinersGallery.com. Air Canada rouge’s pilots have been performing proving flights to Dublin before the official July 1 launch. Boeing 767-33A ER C-GHPE (msn 33423) taxies at DUB.
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Hawaiian Airlines (Honolulu) yesterday (June 25) launched its inaugural flight from Honolulu to Sendai, its fifth gateway in Japan and 10th new international destination it has introduced or announced in less than three years.
Passengers of the inaugural flight enjoyed a festive island-style send-off at Honolulu International Airport before boarding, featuring Hawaiian music and hula, a traditional Hawaiian blessing, presentation of fresh flower lei, and a special performance honoring the Japanese culture.
Copyright Photo: Hawaiian Airlines Customer Service Agents Starlynn Kuaana (left) and Charael Perry (right) greet passengers with lei as they board the inaugural flight from Honolulu to Sendai today. Sendai is Hawaiian Airlines’ fifth gateway in Japan and 10th new international destination it has announced or introduced in less than three years. (PRNewsFoto/Hawaiian Airlines).
Sendai is the largest city in the Tohoku region of northern Honshu, which has a population of more than 9 million. Sendai is known in Japan as “Mori no Miyako,” or Forest City, for its many green spaces in its city center. It is also known for its high quality rice and for its summer Tanabata Festival, which draws thousands of visitors from across Japan.
Hawaiian’s Honolulu-Sendai service is the first scheduled service between Sendai and Hawai’i since another carrier left the market in 2004, and among the first new services to be introduced at Sendai Airport since it was closed for more than a month in 2011 due to damage caused by the Tohoku earthquake and subsequent tsunami.
Hawaiian’s flight HA 441 departs Honolulu International Airport on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 12:55 p.m. (1255), cross the international dateline, and arrive at Sendai International Airportat 4:30 p.m. (1630) the following day. The return flight HA 442 will then continue to Sapporo’s New Chitose Airport at 5:45 p.m. (1745) on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, arriving at New Chitose at 7:00 p.m. (1900) before departing to Honolulu at 9:10 p.m. (2110), crossing the international dateline and arriving in Honolulu at 9:50 a.m. (0950) the same day.
Hawaiian operates the Honolulu-Sendai-Sapporo flights using its fleet of Boeing 767-300E R aircraft that seat up to 264 passengers.
The addition of Sendai to Hawaiian’s international network follows the launches of service to Tokyo in November 2010, Seoul in January 2011, Osaka in July 2011, Fukuoka in April 2012, New York in June 2012, Sapporo in October 2012, Brisbane in November 2012 and Auckland in March 2013. Hawaiian previously announced new service to Taipei, Taiwan in July 2013. New nonstop service will begin between Honolulu and Beijing, China in April 2014, subject to government approvals.
Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-33A ER N591HA (msn 33423) arrives in Los Angeles.
Air Canada rouge’s (Air Canada) first newly painted Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft touched down on Saturday morning (June 1) at Mirabel airport from Tel Aviv where it underwent an exterior transformation during a scheduled maintenance check. The plane was flown from Tel Aviv by Air Canada pilots Captain David Lywood, First Officer Kurtis Paproski and Captain John Liska (above).
After being stripped to its aluminum base, painters applied primer, two coats of white and finally used massive stencils to spray on the airline’s distinct red and burgundy branding — about 70 gallons of paint were used over nearly eight days to complete the painting. In order to maximize fuel efficiency by adding minimal weight, the least amount of paint possible is applied while achieving optimal coverage. Following a short period flying Toronto-Dublin for Air Canada in June, starting July 1 the Boeing 767-300 ER plane will fly Air Canada rouge’s three European routes between Toronto (Pearson) and Venice/Athens/Edinburgh and Montreal (Trudeau)/Athens.
The aircraft will now undergo minor interior modifications; Air Canada rouge’s aircraft will be among the first in North America equipped to offer streaming inflight entertainment to customers’ own devices (laptops, tablets, smartphones, etc).
It joins two Air Canada rouge Airbus A319 aircraft already at Mirabel airport, which will initially fly Caribbean routes and are also undergoing interior modifications to reflect the airline’s relaxed, stylish approach to leisure travel. With this delivery Air Canada rouge now has 3 of its 4 startup aircraft, with the last painted Boeing 767-300 ER arriving at Mirabel airport early next week. Air Canada rouge introduced its new inflight crew look earlier this week and also announced that its flight crews would be taking customer service excellence training at the Disney Institute in Orlando, Florida.
Copyright Photo: Air Canada. The crew of the ferry flight pose in front of Boeing 767-33A ER C-GHPE (msn 33423) at Montreal (Mirabel). C-GHPE is the first AC 767 to wear the rouge colors.
Hawaiian Airlines Boeing 767-33A ER N591HA (msn 33423) SEA (Bruce Drum), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
Hawaiian Airlines (Honolulu) has been awarded the HNL-HND route and will commence the new route on October 31, initially with Boeing 767-300 ERs.
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Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Boeing 767-33A ER N591HA (msn 33423) holds short of the runway at Seattle/Tacoma International Airport, bound for HNL.
Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) and Hawaiian Airlines (Honolulu) have concluded an agreement where DL will maintain HA’s Boeing 767-300 and new A330-200 fleet.