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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.

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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.

Air Canada aircraft slide show:

Air Canada inaugurates Montreal-Lisbon, Portugal seasonal flights

Air Canada rouge Boeing 767-333 ER WL C-FMWQ (msn 25584) FLL (Bruce Drum). Image: 104621.

Air Canada on June 15 inaugurated new summer seasonal service from Montreal to Lisbon, Portugal. The three-times weekly Air Canada Rouge seasonal Lisbon service begins June 15, 2018 from Montréal, with the last operation from Lisbon on October 27. Flights are operated with Boeing 767-300ER aircraft featuring Premium Rouge and Economy Class service and are timed to optimize connectivity from across Air Canada’s network through Air Canada’s hub in Montreal.

Flight

Departs

Arrives

Start/End 2018

Days of Week

AC1960

Montreal 20:45

Lisbon 8:10 +1 day

June 15/Oct. 26

Wed., Fri., Sun.

AC1961

Lisbon 9:45

Montreal 12:10

June 16/Oct. 27

Mon., Thurs., Sat.

In 2018, Air Canada is launching ten new destinations from Montreal: London, Windsor, Victoria (Canada); TokyoNarita, (Japan); Phoenix, Pittsburgh and Baltimore (U.S.); Dublin (Ireland); Lisbon(Portugal) and Bucharest (Romania).

Air Canada, Air Canada Rouge and its regional airline partners flying under the Air Canada Express banner operate on average approximately 2,400 flights per week between Montreal and 97 destinations: 26 in Canada, including 9 in Quebec, 23 in the United States, 26 in the Caribbean, Central America and Mexico, 16 in Europe, one in China, two in North Africa, one in the Middle East, one in South America and starting in June 2018 one in Japan (Tokyo).

Copyright Photo: Air Canada rouge Boeing 767-333 ER WL C-FMWQ (msn 25584) FLL (Bruce Drum). Image: 104621.

Air Canada rouge aircraft slide show:

Air Canada inaugurates Montreal-Bucharest flights

Air Canada rouge (Air Canada) Boeing 767-375 ER C-GEOQ (msn 30112) LAS (Ken Petersen). Image: 942273.

Air Canada has issued this statement:

The arrival of Air Canada flight 1928 at Bucharest’s Henri Coandă International Airport marks the launch of twice weekly Air Canada Rouge seasonal service to Bucharest, Romania. Flights will be operated with Air Canada Rouge Boeing 767-300ER aircraft featuring Premium Rouge and Economy class service and are timed to optimize connectivity from across Air Canada’s network through Air Canada’s Montreal hub.

Flight

Departs

Arrives

Start/End 2018

Days of Week

AC1928

Montreal 18:00

Bucharest 9:55 +1day

June 7/Oct. 4

Mon., Thurs.

AC1929

Bucharest 13:45

Montreal 16:20

June 8/Oct. 5

Tues., Fri.

In 2018, Air Canada is launching ten new destinations from Montreal: London, Windsor, Victoria (Canada); TokyoNarita, (Japan); Phoenix, Pittsburgh and Baltimore (U.S.); Dublin (Ireland); Lisbon (Portugal) and Bucharest (Romania).

Air Canada, Air Canada Rouge and its regional airline partners flying under the Air Canada Express banner operate on average approximately 2,400 flights per week between Montreal and 97 destinations: 26 in Canada, including 9 in Quebec, 23 in the United States, 26 in the Caribbean, Central America and Mexico, 16 in Europe, one in China, two in North Africa, one in the Middle East, one in South America and starting in June 2018 one in Japan (Tokyo).

Copyright Photo: Air Canada rouge (Air Canada) Boeing 767-375 ER C-GEOQ (msn 30112) LAS (Ken Petersen). Image: 942273.

Air Canada rouge aircraft slide show:

Air Canada inaugurates two new international Dreamliner routes from Vancouver

Air Canada Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner C-FRTG (msn 37184) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 942266.

Air Canada today launched the first of two new international Boeing 787 Dreamliner routes to Europe with a celebration prior to the departure of the carrier’s inaugural flight from Vancouver to Zurich.  Tomorrow, the airline will launch non-stop flights to Paris, marking five nonstop European routes from Air Canada’s YVR hub.

“We are delighted to launch new nonstop flights from Vancouver to Zurich and to Paris, both onboard our state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliners. The strategic addition of these seasonal international flights further strengthens our YVR hub which combined with our extensive North American network, provides excellent options for travelers from BC and the North American west coast to Europe, and as well as for European visitors and beyond to western Canada and the Pacific Northwest,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada.

Air Canada’s Boeing 787 Dreamliners feature three cabins of service with enhanced definition individual on-demand personal entertainment offering a wide range of movies, short films, TV programs and audio selections at every seat throughout the aircraft.

 

Flight #

Routing

Departs

Arrives

AC802

Vancouver-Zurich

01:00 p.m.

Tue/Thur/Sat

7:55 a.m. (+1 day)

AC803

Zurich-Vancouver

10:05 a.m.

Wed/Fri/Sun

10:25 a.m.

AC806

Vancouver-Paris

12:45 p.m.

Mon/Wed/Fri/Sun

07:40 a.m. (+1 day)

AC807

Paris-Vancouver

09:25 a.m.

Mon/Tue/Thur/Sat

10:20 a.m.

 

From its YVR hub this summer, Air Canada offers up to 1,293 flights each week non-stop to eight destinations in Asia, three destinations in Australia, five destinations in Europe, 16 destinations in the USA, 22 destinations in Canada and two destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean.

Copyright Photo: Air Canada Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner C-FRTG (msn 37184) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 942266.

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