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Air Canada adds two Western Canada routes from Quebec City

Air Canada has announced today two new seasonal services departing from Jean Lesage International Airport in Quebec CityVancouver and Calgary.

Flights to Vancouver will start on May 20, 2022, with up to three flights a week and service to Calgary will debut on May 21, 2022, offering up to four weekly flights. These new routes will be operated by Air Canada Rouge on an Airbus A319, featuring Premium Rouge and Economy services, product enhancements including upgraded streaming entertainment and options to purchase high-speed wi-fi.

Services to Vancouver and Calgary are in addition to two other new routes already announced back in July to Fort Lauderdale and Orlando, starting November 19 and December 17, respectively, and to the increased frequency to Punta Cana and Cancun as of December 20. Also, Air Canada’s capacity to Montreal and Toronto from Quebec City will be returning to 2019 levels by next summer, with eight and five daily flights, respectively.

Flight schedule – Summer 2022

Flight

From

To

Departure

Arrival

Frequency

AC 1871

Quebec City

Vancouver

09:45

12:20

Monday,

Wednesday, Friday

AC 1870

Vancouver

Quebec City

13:10

21:07

AC 1873

Quebec City

Calgary

10:45

13:30

Tuesday,

Thursday,

Saturday, Sunday

AC 1872

 

Calgary

Quebec City

14:30

20:43

These flights are conveniently timed for connections onward to other destinations in Canada, the US and our international network from either Vancouver or Calgary.

Air Canada launches its new LEAVE LESS travel program

Air Canada announced today that Deloitte Canada will be the first corporate customer to participate in its new LEAVE LESS Travel Program, which offers corporate customers effective options to offset or reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions related to business travel and reduce their carbon footprint.

Corporate customers can now purchase Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF), carbon offsets or a combination of both. The LEAVE LESS Travel Program is one of the many comprehensive initiatives being implemented as part of Air Canada’s Climate Action Plan and an additional step towards achieving the airline’s long-term goal of net-zero GHG emissions by 2050.

“Building a long-term sustainable aviation industry requires a collective effort and companies will play a key role in building greener and more sustainable air travel. We are pleased to see that customers, such as Deloitte, are taking concrete actions by supporting and contributing to innovative solutions,” said Michael Rousseau, President and Chief Executive Officer at Air Canada.

“Air Canada has made sustainability a core component of its business decisions. This initiative allows our corporate customers to offset or reduce the GHG emissions associated with their business travel and empowers their employees to make sustainable choices. With this, companies work towards their sustainability goals while they partner with us to advance decarbonization in the airline industry. Our new, industry-leading LEAVE LESS Travel Program shows our strong and ongoing commitment to transition to low carbon alternatives. It represents a meaningful step forward into reaching our ambitions to achieve net-zero GHG emissions by 2050.”

“Deloitte is steadfast in its commitments to address climate change by driving environmentally responsible choices within our organization and beyond,” said Anthony Viel, CEO at Deloitte Canada. “Our people and our clients know that stakeholders, customers, investors and shareholders desire more sustainable business strategies and we recognize the important role Canadian businesses collectively play in leading the commitment to transition to a low-carbon economy. We are thrilled to be the first company to jump on board this corporate program to accelerate adoption of a fuel source that can dramatically reduce emissions from aviation. By collaborating with Air Canada to increase the use of sustainable aviation fuel, we hope that we can inspire and help others contribute to a thriving Canada and a greener world.”

A Simplified, Sustainable Journey

The LEAVE LESS Travel Program allows corporate customers to choose the offering they want through a customized approach using SAF, carbon offsets, or a combination of both, through four core actions:

  • Calculate: Air Canada tracks and calculates the GHG emissions associated with customers’ business travel.
  • Select: Customers can choose how they want to mitigate their GHG emissions associated with their business travel: SAF and/or carbon offsets.
  • Purchase:
    •  SAF
      Air Canada purchases the required SAF volumes and to ensure the customer can claim the benefits of its investment, Air Canada will implement a SAF certification system in-line with industry-leading best practices.
    • Carbon Offset:
      Air Canada facilitates the purchase of carbon offsets
  • Reduce: Customer contributes to its sustainability goals

The LEAVE LESS Travel Program, supports the airline’s commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), notably goal 13: Climate Action. Through its Climate Action Plan, the airline has committed to investing $50 Million in SAF, and carbon reductions and removals.

The Air Canada LEAVE LESS Travel Program will source SAF from Neste, a leading producer of renewable fuels. In neat form and over the life cycle, Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel™ reduces GHG emissions from aircraft by up to 80% compared to fossil jet fuel.

Air Canada Climate Action Plan

Air Canada has set ambitious climate targets to realize a goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) throughout its global operations by 2050. To reach this, Air Canada has set absolute midterm GHG net reduction targets by 2030 in its air and ground operations compared to its 2019 baseline and has committed to investing $50 Million in SAF, and carbon reductions and removals.

Air Canada has built a solid foundation in energy sustainability through numerous comprehensive initiatives to reduce its environmental footprint. Since 2016, over 115 fuel-efficiency projects have been achieved and contributed to more than 145,000 tCO2e saved. Since 2016, the airline reduced more than 145,000 tCO2e from its air operations through fuel efficiency initiatives, including participating in eight biofuel flights with ongoing, active support for the development of SAF in Canada including working with the Government of Canada on policy development to support a Canadian-based sustainable aviation fuel industry.

In 2020 and 2019, Air Canada was recognized by Vancouver Airport Authority as the YVR Green Excellence winner for green initiatives on Sea Island including water and energy conservation, waste minimization and the Richmond Ocean Shoreline Cleanup.

Air Canada’s ESG initiatives are further detailed in the airline’s Corporate Sustainability Report, Citizens of the World.

Air Canada to resume service and increase capacity to key destinations in South America

Air Canada has announced an increase in service to several key South American destinations as the airline continues to rebuild its global network from its Toronto and Montreal hubs. Service to São Paulo, Brazil will resume from Montreal on December 8 with four flights per week on a year-round basis, while service from Toronto to Brazil’s financial centre will increase to daily flights as of December 6. São Paulo will be served by Air Canada’s flagship Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Service from Montreal to Bogotá, Colombia is set to resume on December 2 with three weekly flights, while flights from Toronto to Bogotá will increase to four per week as of November 7, all operated on an Airbus A330-300. Flights to Bogotá will allow customers to easily connect onward throughout Colombia and other South American destinations via Star Alliance partner Avianca.

Air Canada also remains committed to serving Buenos Aires, Argentina, with flights offered to either Toronto or Montreal via São Paulo. The flights to Argentina, which has announced plans to reopen to international tourists as of November 1, are still pending government approval.

Another key South American destination will rejoin Air Canada’s network in January 2022 with the resumption of service between Toronto and Santiago, Chile, with three weekly flights.

Schedules:

São Paulo

Flight

From

Departure

To

Arrival

Frequency

Start Date

AC 90

Toronto

22:55

São Paulo

10:50

Daily

December 6

AC 91

São Paulo

20:45

Toronto

05:00

AC 96

Montreal

21:50

São Paulo

09:50

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun

December 8

AC 97

São Paulo

21:45

Montreal

06:00

Mon, Tue, Thu, Sat

December 9

Buenos Aires

Flight

From

Departure

To

Arrival

Frequency

Start Date

AC96

São Paulo

11:50

Buenos
Aires

14:50

Mon, Tue, Thu, Sat

December 10

AC97

Buenos Aires

17:05

São
Paulo

19:45

Mon, Tue, Thu, Sat

December 10

Bogotá

Flight

From

Departure

To

Arrival

Frequency

Start Date

AC94

Toronto

21:35

Bogotá

03:35

Tue, Wed, Fri, Sun

November 7

AC95

Bogotá

08:35

Toronto

14:35

Mon, Wed, Thu, Sat

November 7

AC 98

Montreal

21:05

Bogotá

03:35

Mon, Thu, Sat

December 2

AC 99

Bogotá

08:35

Montreal

14:45

Tue, Fri, Sun

December 3

Santiago

Flight

From

Departure

To

Arrival

Frequency

Start Date

AC92

Toronto

22:55

Santiago

11:15

Tue, Fri, Sun

January 11, 2022

AC93

Santiago

20:55

Toronto

05:25

Mon, Wed, Sat

January 12, 2022

 

Air Canada announces its return to key summer seasonal destinations such as Barcelona, Venice, Nice, Manchester, Edinburgh, and Keflavik (Reykjavik)

Air Canada has unveiled its planned Summer 2022 schedule for EuropeAfrica, the Middle East, and India. In addition to its established year-round services, the airline announced its return to key summer seasonal destinations such as BarcelonaVenice, Nice, ManchesterEdinburgh, and Keflavik (Reykjavik).

Seasonal services to AthensRome and Lisbon resumed in 2021 and will return next spring, alongside Air Canada’s recently launched service to Cairo.

“As we continue to rebuild our global network, Air Canada is excited to plan its return to these popular leisure destinations across EuropeAfrica, and the Middle East, offering its customers to explore the world again, said Mark Galardo, Senior Vice President, Network Planning and Revenue Management at Air Canada. “Our schedule will enable convenient onward travel through our TorontoVancouverMontreal and Calgary hubs to and from our global destinations. Start planning ahead and book with confidence. We are sincerely looking forward to welcoming you onboard.”

Summer 2022 destinations (with planned start dates):

Year-round

Summer seasonal

Amsterdam (December 2021)

Brussels

Casablanca

Copenhagen (May 2022)

Doha

Dubai

Dublin

Frankfurt

Geneva

London

Lyon (December 2021)

Madrid (April 2022)

Milan (May 2022)

Munich

Delhi

Paris

Tel Aviv

Vienna

Zurich

Athens (April 2022)

Barcelona (March 2022)

Cairo (May 2022)

Edinburgh (June 2022)

Lisbon (March 2022)

Manchester (June 2022)

Nice (May 2022)

Reykjavik (June 2022)

Rome (March 2022)

Venice (April 2022) 

Additional service resumptions or expansions will be announced in the future. Schedule may be adjusted as required based on the COVID-19 trajectory and government restrictions.

 

Air Canada announces additional flights to India including Montreal – Delhi

Air Canada Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner C-FRTW (msn 37179) LHR (Antony J. Best). Image: 955506.

Air Canada announced today a strategic expansion of its India services, with additional flights from Toronto, and a new year-round, nonstop route between Montreal and Delhi.

Starting October 31, just in time for Diwali celebrations, Air Canada will offer three flights per week to the growing Indian community in Montreal. Additionally, the airline is increasing frequency to Delhi from Toronto to ten flights per week beginning Oct. 15.

All flights will be operated with Air Canada’s most modern aircraft, the 298-seat Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner featuring a choice of three cabins of service: Air Canada Signature Class, Premium Economy and Economy class.

As the leading carrier between the two countries, Air Canada offers daily flights from Vancouver, up to ten flights a week from Toronto and three flights a week from Montreal. The airline’s service to Mumbai will resume when conditions permit.

Flight

From

Departure

To

Arrival

Frequency

AC 50

Montreal

20:10

Delhi

20:00+1

Tue, Thu, Sun

AC 51

Delhi

01:55

Montreal

06:00

Tue, Thu, Sat

Top Copyright Photo: Air Canada Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner C-FRTW (msn 37179) LHR (Antony J. Best). Image: 955506.

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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 and Airlink fly Team Rubicon volunteers to devastated community in British Columbia

Airlink is pleased to partner with Air Canada and the Air Canada Foundation to provide travel to Team Rubicon Canada volunteers. The flights will benefit potentially 30 volunteers traveling to British Columbia to help local families, including Indigenous communities, with clean-up and recovery operations after recent wildfires in Lytton. Volunteers flying into Kamloops Airport over several weeks will assist community members in removing and disposing of damaged infrastructure, collecting personal belongings from ashes, and preparing homes for rebuilding.

British Columbia has experienced 1,453 wildfires in 2021, with 262 wildfires currently active in the province. The unprecedented scale and scope of these wildfires in British Columbia have required inter-provincial and international assistance. The Team Rubicon volunteers, also known as “greyshirts,” are responding to a direct request from the local government for their specialized response capabilities, drawing on their experience in responding to the Ft. McMurray Wildfires in Alberta in 2016. Their initial team formed the core Emergency Operations Centre, working closely with the Chief Administrative Officer and Recovery Manager as well as Lytton’s Mayor and Council.

The first wave of 17 Team Rubicon volunteers traveled from various locations across Canada and new waves will follow weekly.

The Lytton Creek wildfire began on June 30, 2021, just south of the village of Lytton in British Columbia, Canada. The fire moved upward at a speed of up to 20 kilometers per hour, exploding several propane tanks upon moving into Lytton. Residents were evacuated within minutes without time to collect belongings. The village’s 250 residents, as well as 1,500-2,000 First Nations residents in the area, were heavily impacted by the wildfire’s damage.

Air Canada has been a partner of Airlink for several years. This latest mission is the largest donation of flights to an Airlink NGO partner from Air Canada and the Air Canada Foundation for a single program to date.

Air Canada begins work to enhance cold chain handling capabilities at its Toronto Pearson cargo facility

Air Canada today announced the start of a $16-million project to expand and enhance Air Canada Cargo’s cold chain handling capabilities for shipments such as pharmaceuticals, fresh food and other perishables at its Toronto Pearson International Airport cargo facility. The project is part of Air Canada’s strategy to further develop its cargo division, which also includes the acquisition of freighter aircraft, the launch of dedicated freighter routes and an expansion into e-commerce.

“This is another important step for Air Canada Cargo as we continue to grow our business and invest in our facilities to better serve our customers. Our new temperature-controlled facility, which will be the only one of its kind for a Canadian airline, represents a significant addition to Air Canada’s on-site capabilities at Toronto Pearson and to Canadian cold chain logistics. It will also give Air Canada Cargo a strategic advantage at our main hub, which handles more than 60 per cent of all our traffic, and will support the launch of routes to be served by our new freighter aircraft,” said Jason Berry, Vice President, Cargo, at Air Canada.

Once completed, the upgraded facility will feature over 30,000 square feet of temperature-controlled areas and an expanded cooler to fully meet the requirements of cold chain shipments such as pharmaceuticals, fresh food and other perishables.

The extended cooler will accommodate more unit load devices (ULD) and loose shipments with COL (+2°C to +8°C) and CRT (+15°C to +25°C) temperature requirements, provide additional racking, and an upgraded dedicated area for active temperature control units. These enhancements are the first step in a multi-year investment plan for the facility and are part of several planned infrastructure investment projects for Air Canada Cargo.

The project also includes the installation of energy efficient equipment including temperature controllers that will constantly monitor the conditions inside the facility and only regulate the temperature as needed, resulting in reduced energy consumption. As well, rapid roll-up doors will be installed to minimize the energy loss when the cooler is accessed to store or retrieve goods. LED lights will be installed throughout the facility, further reducing energy consumption.

Air Canada is CEIV Pharma certified by IATA, which signifies that the airline meets the highest standards of safety, security, compliance and efficiency in the transport of pharmaceuticals. The enhancements being undertaken in Toronto were guided, in part, by the specifications related to this certification.

Dedicated Freighters

Since March 2020, Air Canada has operated more than 11,000 all-cargo flights using its wide-body passenger aircraft as well as certain temporarily modified Boeing 777 and Airbus A330 aircraft, which have additional available cargo space due to the removal of seats from the passenger cabin.

As part of its strategic growth plans, Air Canada Cargo undertook the conversion of eight Boeing 767-300ER aircraft into dedicated freighters. The first of the newly reconfigured aircraft will enter into service for Air Canada Cargo in Q4 of this year and will initially operate on key routes to provide additional capacity during the busy peak season.

Starting in early 2022, the first freighter will fly primarily out of Toronto and operate to MiamiQuitoLimaMexico City and Guadalajara, with additional cities like Madrid and FrankfurtHalifax and St. John’s connecting to the freighter network when the second aircraft is delivered in 2022. The addition of freighter aircraft to Air Canada’s fleet will allow Air Canada Cargo to provide consistent capacity on key air cargo routes, which will facilitate the movement of goods globally. The freighters will allow Air Canada Cargo to increase its presence in the air freight market and its capabilities to transport goods such as automotive and aerospace parts, oil and gas equipment, pharmaceuticals, perishables, as well as handling the growing demand for fast, reliable shipment of e-commerce goods.

Air Canada resumes service between Canada and India

Air Canada announced today the resumption of its non-stop flights to and from Delhi, India, following the lifting of the Government of Canada restrictions on non-stop flights from India. The airline’s flights from Delhi to Toronto and Vancouver resume arriving today.

“People are eager to reunite with family and friends and we are very pleased to resume service immediately from India to our Toronto and Vancouver hubs following the lifting of restrictions by the Government of Canada. We continue to be focused on the growing visiting friends and relatives market, and together with the long-standing cultural and business ties between Canada and India which are expected to grow over the coming years, Air Canada remains strongly committed to this important Asia-Pacific market,” said Mark Galardo, Senior Vice President, Network Planning and Revenue Management at Air Canada.

Air Canada is the leading carrier between the two countries. Since service began in 2015, Air Canada has operated flights from Toronto and Vancouver to Delhi and from Toronto to Mumbai. The airline is planning to launch new non-stop flights from Montreal to Delhi and resume service to Mumbai as market conditions allow.

Photo: Air Canada Airbus A319-114 C-GBHN (msn 773) (Secure the Future-O’Toole-Conservative Party) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 955009.

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Copyright Photo: Air Canada Airbus A319-114 C-GBHN (msn 773) (Secure the Future-O’Toole-Conservative Party) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 955009.