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Air Canada to launch daily service between Toronto Island and Ottawa beginning October 31

Air Canada has announced that it will launch a new service between Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and Ottawa beginning October 31, 2021. The route will commence with four return trips daily, increasing to up to eight return trips daily starting in summer 2022.

Air Canada presently operates five return flights daily between Toronto Island and Montreal. The schedule for the new Toronto Island-Ottawa service beginning October 31, 2021 is:

Flight

Departs

Arrives

Days of Operation

AC 8950

Toronto Island at 07:00

Ottawa at 07:59

     Daily

AC 8954

Toronto Island at 08:35

Ottawa at 09:34

     Daily

AC 8960

Toronto Island at 17:00

Ottawa at 17:59

     Daily

AC 8962

Toronto Island at 18:00

Ottawa at 18:59

     Daily

AC 8953

Ottawa at 07:00

Toronto Island at 08:04

     Daily

AC 8955

Ottawa at 08:30

Toronto Island at 09:34

     Daily

AC 8961

Ottawa at 16:25

Toronto Island at 17:29

     Daily

AC 8963

Ottawa at 18:30

Toronto Island at 19:34

     Daily

The service will be operated by Air Canada Express Jazz with a De Havilland Dash 8-400 featuring a complimentary snack and drink. All customers can collect and redeem Aeroplan Points through Canada’s leading loyalty program when traveling with Air Canada, and eligible customers have access to priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounges where available at Canadian airports, priority boarding and other benefits.  Air Canada’s commercial schedule may be adjusted as required based on the COVID-19 trajectory and government restrictions.

Air Canada offers its customers complimentary shuttle bus service between downtown and the Toronto City Airport. The shuttle brings travelers to and from the west entrance of The Fairmont Royal York Hotel, located at the corner of Front and York streets, directly across from Union Station.

Air Canada resumes service between Montreal and Toronto Island Airport on September 8

Air Canada today announced it will resume service to Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport on Toronto Island beginning September 8, 2021 with five daily return flights to Montreal. Seats are available for booking at aircanada.com, via the Air Canada App, Air Canada’s Contact Centers and travel agencies.

Air Canada’s Toronto Island-Montreal Service

Flight

Departs

Arrives

Days of Operation

AC7952

Toronto at 07:15

Montreal at 08:27

Daily

AC7958

Toronto at 10:20

Montreal at 11:33

Daily

AC7970

Toronto at 16:15

Montreal at 17:28

Daily

AC7976

Toronto at 17:15

Montreal at 18:28

Daily

AC7974

Toronto at 18:20

Montreal at 19:33

Daily

AC7959

Montreal at 07:30

Toronto at 08:49

Daily

AC7955

Montreal at 08:30

Toronto at 09:49

Daily

AC7965

Montreal at 13:30

Toronto at 14:49

Daily

AC7971

Montreal at 16:30

Toronto at 17:49

Daily

AC7975

Montreal at 18:30

Toronto at 19:49

Daily

Service to Toronto Island will be operated by Air Canada Jazz with a De Havilland Dash 8-400 featuring a complimentary snack and drink.

All customers can collect and redeem Aeroplan Points through Canada’s leading loyalty program when traveling with Air Canada, and eligible customers have access to priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounges at Canadian airports, priority boarding and other benefits.  Air Canada’s commercial schedule may be adjusted as required based on the COVID-19 trajectory and government restrictions.

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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 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 inaugurates daily Montreal-Raleigh/Durham flights

Air Canada on June 3 inaugurated a new, nonstop service between Montreal and Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina. The departure of Air Canada flight AC8178 marks the beginning of daily flights from Montreal to Raleigh-DurhamInternational Airport, which will operate with a 50-seat Canadair Regional Jet (CRJ). Flights are timed to optimize connectivity from across Air Canada’s network through Air Canada’s hub in Montreal.

Air Canada Inaugurates Daily Montreal-Raleigh Flights (CNW Group/Air Canada)

 

Flight

Departs

Arrives

Days of Week

AC8178

Montreal 13:35

Raleigh 15:45

Daily

AC8179

Raleigh 16:15

Montreal 18:21

Daily

The new MontrealRaleigh service is the only nonstop flight between these cities.

Jazz Air Bombardier Q400 collides with a fuel truck at Toronto

A Jazz Air Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) (C-FJXZ) operating as an Air Canada Express flight collided Friday morning (May 10) with a fuel truck while taxiing on the tarmac at Toronto (Pearson).

The flight was AC 8615.

Three people sustained minor injuries, including both pilots.

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Air Canada and Chorus Aviation finalize amended and extended Capacity Purchase Agreement for Jazz

Air Canada and Chorus Aviation Inc., parent company of Jazz Aviation LP, today confirmed that all conditions have been met and the previously announced amendment and extension of the Capacity Purchase Agreement (CPA) between Air Canada and Jazz has become effective.  As announced on January 14, 2019, the improved CPA is effective retroactively as of January 1, 2019 and extends to December 31, 2035.

As part of the agreement to amend the CPA, Air Canada has also completed the $97.26 million equity investment in Chorus previously announced on January 14, 2019. Air Canada has acquired 15,561,600 Class B Voting Shares in the capital of Chorus, representing approximately 9.99% of the issued and outstanding Class A Variable Voting Shares and Class B Voting Shares of Chorus on a combined basis.

Highlights of the CPA Amendment

  • With this amendment, the parties will effectively address increased domestic and international competition, changing market demand, and fluctuating fuel prices, through significant changes that will modernize and up-gauge the fleet.
  • In total, the 17-year contract will provide Jazz $2.5 billion in minimum contracted revenues, of which $1.6 billion, or 65%, will be generated from aircraft leasing revenue, supporting the continued transformation of Chorus’ business through the migration of CPA earnings to aircraft leasing. The amended CPA will provide for total incremental contracted revenue of $940 million; $310 million in fixed fees and $630 million in aircraft leasing under the CPA;
  • Projected annual savings to Air Canada of approximately $50 million in each of 2019 and 2020, and cumulative savings of approximately $53 million between 2021 and 2025, both as compared to the 2015 CPA frame-work (from both fixed fee and performance incentive reductions); Beyond 2025 – a market competitive fixed fee for the extension period. This supports Air Canada’s Cost Transformation Programs;
  • Chorus will secure preferred partner status on the operation of aircraft with up to 50 seats and Air Canada will consolidate its existing CRJ regional capacity into the Jazz operation;
  • Air Canada Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, Michael Rousseau, will be appointed to the board of directors of Chorus.

In other news, Chorus Aviation Inc. has announced the pilots of its subsidiary, Jazz Aviation LP (‘Jazz’), have ratified the amendments to their collective agreement which was tentatively agreed on January 14, 2019. The Air Lines Pilots Association, International (‘ALPA’) represents Jazz’s pilots based in VancouverCalgaryToronto and Montreal.

Ratification of this tentative agreement was a condition of implementing the amendments to, and extension of, the capacity purchase agreement (‘CPA’) between Air Canada and Jazz, as announced on January 14, 2019. The amendment and extension of the CPA remains subject to completion of Air Canada’s $97.26 million equity investment in Chorus, which contains customary conditions to closing. Chorus anticipates closing the equity investment by no later than February 8, 2019, upon which the amendment and extension of the CPA will become effective.

The pending amendments to the CPA provide for a number of significant benefits including fleet modernization with the addition of 14 larger-gauge CRJ900 (76-seat) aircraft of which nine new aircraft will generate additional lease revenue under the CPA.

Air Canada will consolidate more of its overall regional capacity in the Jazz operation. Chorus will also secure preferred partner status on the operation of aircraft with up to 50 seats through a right to match third-party offers.  Additionally, an enhanced pilot mobility agreement will provide Jazz pilots access to careers at Air Canada. The amended CPA will ensure that Chorus and Air Canada are well positioned to respond as allies to an ever-changing industry.

Air Canada to launch new domestic western regional routes, Vancouver – Delhi route to become year-round

Air Canada Express-Jazz Aviation Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-GGNW (msn 4388) YYC (Chris Sands). Image: 925782.

Air Canada has announced it will begin new domestic regional nonstop flights on July 2, 2018.

“We are pleased to offer new nonstop flights onboard our Bombardier Q400s between popular BC and Alberta cities as we continue to strategically expand our already extensive domestic network,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada. “With the continued growth at several communities on Vancouver Island and in the BC Okanagan, we see the opportunity to add new nonstop services and provide additional convenient travel options.”

“With Alberta being such a key market, the new direct flights into Kelowna, Victoria and Comox are great news for British Columbia’s visitor economy,” said Walt Judas, CEO of the Tourism Industry Association of British Columbia. “Air Canada’scommitment to servicing these routes is not only a huge boost for the individual communities, it is also a major benefit for the Thompson Okanagan and Vancouver Island regions as a whole.”

Top Copyright Photo: Air Canada Express-Jazz Aviation Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-GGNW (msn 4388) YYC (Chris Sands). Image: 925782.

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Route and frequency

Flight

Departs

Arrives

Edmonton-Kelowna – year-round

AC8395 YEG-YLW

Edmonton at 08:40

Kelowna at 08:59

AC8403 YEG-YLW

Edmonton at 16:05

Kelowna at 16:24

Kelowna-Edmonton – year-round

AC8394 YLW-YEG

Kelowna at 09:30

Edmonton at 11:51

AC8404 YLW-YEG

Kelowna at 16:55

Edmonton at 19:16

Edmonton-Victoria – seasonal

AC8095 YEG-YYJ

Edmonton at 08:40

Victoria at 09:40

AC8053 YEG-YYJ

Edmonton at 16:00

Victoria at 17:00

Victoria-Edmonton – seasonal

AC8086 YYJ-YEG

Victoria at 10:10

Edmonton at 12:55

AC8088 YYJ-YEG

Victoria at 17:30

Edmonton at 20:15

Calgary-Comox – seasonal

AC8362 YYC-YQQ

Calgary at 10:05

Comox at 10:58

AC8361 YQQ-YYC

Comox at 11:30

Calgary at 14:14

 

These new routes complement Air Canada’s previously announced new nonstop North America routes beginning 2018:

  • Toronto to: Omaha, Providence, Nanaimo, Kamloops
  • Montreal to: Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Victoria
  • Edmonton to: San Francisco
  • Vancouver to: Sacramento

Air Canada will launch new international services in 2018 including:

  • Toronto to: Shannon (Ireland), Porto (Portugal), Zagreb (Croatia), Bucharest (Romania), Buenos Aires (Argentina)
  • Montreal to: TokyoNarita (Japan), Dublin (Ireland), Bucharest (Romania), Lisbon (Portugal)
  • Vancouver to: Paris (France), Zurich (Switzerland)

In other news, Air Canada also announced that its current seasonal nonstop VancouverDelhi flights will become year-round starting June 8, 2018.

First Boeing 777-300 in the new livery

Above Copyright Photo: The first Boeing 777-300 has now been repainted in the new livery. Air Canada Boeing 777-333 ER C-FITL (msn 35256) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 940829.

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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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Air Canada rouge to serve Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Air Canada rouge (Air Canada) Airbus A319-114 C-GBIJ (msn 829) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 930272.

Air Canada (Montreal) has announced that its leisure carrier subsidiary, Air Canada rouge™, is expanding in Eastern Canada by operating twice daily seasonal nonstop service between Toronto and Charlottetown beginning May 2, 2016. The new route will be flown with Airbus A319 aircraft.

In the summer of 2016, Air Canada rouge and Air Canada Express will operate up to 69 scheduled nonstop flights each week from Charlottetown to four destinations across Canada:

  • Air Canada offers twice daily summer service to Toronto between May 2 and October 23, 2016 operated by Air Canada rouge with 136-seat Airbus A319 aircraft featuring premium and economy cabins.
  • For winter 2016/17, service will return to three daily Air Canada Express flights with the 50-seat Bombardier CRJ jet aircraft operated by Air Georgian
  • Up to three daily nonstop Air Canada Express flights to Montreal with a mix of 74-seat Bombardier Q400 Next Generation aircraft offering all-leather seating and 50-seat Bombardier CRJ aircraft operated by Jazz Aviation LP
  • One daily nonstop flight to Ottawa with Air Canada Express 50-seat Bombardier CRJ jet aircraft operated by Jazz Aviation LP
  • Four daily flights to Halifax using Air Canada Express 18-seat Beech 1900D aircraft operated by Exploits Valley Air Services, Ltd. (EVAS)

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-114 C-GBIJ (msn 829) approaches the runway at Toronto (Pearson).

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