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Air China and Air Canada expand their strategic cooperation, strengthening Canada-China network in advance of full joint venture

Air Canada Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner C-FRTW (msn 37179) LHR (SPA). Image: 940256.

Air Canada and Air China Limited have announced that the airlines will expand their mutual codeshare services and lounge agreement in time for the 2018 Canada-China Year of Tourism, recognizing the importance of tourism and trade between the two countries. As Air Canada and Air China work toward finalizing their planned joint venture, while satisfying both countries’ applicable regulatory conditions, the two Star Alliance carriers also launched their first joint frequent flyer promotion to offer the carriers’ respective Aeroplan and PhoenixMiles members up to 30 per cent bonus miles effective December 15, 2017 for eligible travel between April 1, 2018 and June 15, 2018 on all flights between Canada and China operated by Air China and Air Canada.

Logos: Air Canada and Air China (CNW Group/Air Canada)

As a result of the codeshare expansion, Air China will place its code on Air Canada’s new daily MontrealShanghai flight, as well as Air Canada’s flights from Vancouver to Victoria, Kelowna, Saskatoon, and Regina.

In addition, Air Canada will place its code on Air China’s flights between Beijing and Zhengzhou, Xiamen, Shenzhen and Nanjing as well as Air China’s flight between MontrealHavana, Cuba.  The expanded codeshare cooperation is planned to come into effect in April 2018, subject to regulatory and government approvals.

Both carriers have also implemented an expanded lounge agreement. In addition to Star Gold customers, all Air China First and Business class customers will now have access to Air Canada’s recently upgraded International Maple Leaf Lounges featuring enhanced food and beverage offerings at Montreal and Vancouver airports. Air Canada’s eligible customers will continue to enjoy access to Air China’s lounges in Beijing, Shanghai and other airports throughout China.

 

Currently, Air Canada offers its customers codeshare flights operated by Air China between Beijing and Guangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Wuhan, Xi’an and Shenyang, and between Montreal and Beijing, and between Vancouver and Beijing. Similarly, Air China offers its customers codeshare flights operated by Air Canada between Vancouver and Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and Winnipeg, and between Montreal and Ottawa, Toronto and Winnipeg, as well as Vancouver and Toronto to and from Beijing and Shanghai.

Air Canada operates up to a total of 35 flights per week between Canada and China, from Toronto, Vancouver and Montrealserving Beijing and Shanghai. Air China operates up to 11 flights per week between China and Canada, from Beijing serving Vancouver and Montreal.

Top Copyright Photo: Air Canada Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner C-FRTW (msn 37179) LHR (SPA). Image: 940256.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Air China Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner B-7898 (msn 34310) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 940236.

Air China Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner B-7898 (msn 34310) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 940236.

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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.

Internationally the new type, as previously reported, will be assigned to the Toronto (Pearson) – Shannon route starting on June 2, 2018 (below).

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.

Flight

From

To

Days of Operation

Depart

Arrive

AC037

Vancouver (YVR)

Melbourne (MEL)

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat

10:45 p.m.

09:45 a.m. +2 days

AC038

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 rouge to launch nonstop Montreal-Victoria flights for summer 2018

Air Canada rouge (Air Canada) Airbus A319-112 C-GSJB (msn 1673) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 913832.

Air Canada has announced nonstop, seasonal service between Montreal (Trudeau) and Victoria, B.C. starting in June 2018. The new domestic transcontinental route complements Air Canada’s U.S. transborder expansion announced Wednesday with new non-stop year-round MontrealBaltimore and MontrealPittsburgh routes beginning on June 22, 2018.

 

Montreal-Victoria

Begins June 22 until Oct. 9, 2018

Tuesday,
Friday,
Sunday

AC1685 departs
Montreal at 7:45 a.m.

AC1684 departs
Victoria at 11:05 a.m.

Air Canada Rouge 136-
seat A319, Premium and
Economy class

Montreal-Baltimore

Daily

May 17, 2018

Year-round

Air Canada Express 50-
seat CRJ

Montreal-Pittsburgh

Daily

May 17, 2018

Year-round

Air Canada Express 50-
seat CRJ

Air Canada’s has announced seven new destinations from Montreal for 2018: TokyoNarita (Japan), Phoenix, Pittsburgh and Baltimore (U.S.), Dublin (Ireland), Lisbon (Portugal) and Bucharest (Romania).

In 2017 Air Canada started service to Shanghai (China), Marseille (France), Dallas/Ft. Worth (U.S.), Washington/Dulles (U.S.), Keflavik (Iceland), Tel-Aviv (Israel), Algiers (Algeria) and in December to Lima (Peru).

Copyright Photo: Air Canada rouge (Air Canada) Airbus A319-112 C-GSJB (msn 1673) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 913832.

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.

Vancouver-Sacramento

Daily

May 17, 2018

Year-round

Air Canada Express 76
seat CRJ-705/900

Edmonton-San Francisco

Daily

May 1, 2018

Year-round

Air Canada Express 76
seat CRJ-705/900

Toronto-Omaha

Daily

May 1, 2018

Year-round

Air Canada Express 50-
seat CRJ

Toronto-Providence

Daily

May 17, 2018

Summer seasonal

Air Canada Express 50-
seat CRJ

Montreal-Baltimore

Daily

May 17, 2018

Year-round

Air Canada Express 50-
seat CRJ

Montreal-Pittsburgh

Daily

May 17, 2018

Year-round

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.

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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.

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