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Air Canada announces new rouge European destinations + Casablanca

Air Canada (Montreal) has announced one of its most far-reaching summer schedule expansions ever with its first route to Africa and the addition of four major European cities to its global network. The new Air Canada rouge service to Casablanca, Morocco , means Air Canada will be one of only a dozen airlines in the world that serve six continents.

“Air Canada is solidifying its position among leading global carriers by becoming one of only a dozen airlines flying to six continents with today’s announcement of non-stop service to Casablanca, our first destination in Africa. Our Montreal – Casablanca flight will also be the only service to North Africa by a North American carrier and our aim is to transform this new route into a year-round operation. Our new, nonstop Air Canada rouge routes to Budapest, Prague, Warsaw, and Glasgow from Toronto Pearson are equally important as we continue to build out our network from our global gateway hub with more international destinations. The European services will be complemented by our Star Alliance partners, giving customers an even wider choice of travel options,” said Benjamin Smith , President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada.

All the new services will be operated by Air Canada rouge (Toronto), Air Canada’s leisure carrier. All flights will be flown using a 280-seat Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft offering a choice of premium and economy cabins. Customers will have the ability to collect and redeem Aeroplan miles. Seats are now available for purchase. To promote these new nonstop routes, Air Canada is offering a special introductory fare starting as low as CAD$869 roundtrip, all-in for travel before July 2016 .

Route Details:

Toronto – Prague : service begins May 29, 2016 with flight AC1922 and operates three times weekly. Departs Toronto at 16:55 on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, arriving in Prague at 7:20 the next day. Return flight AC1923 departs Prague at 9:30 and arrives in Toronto 12:40 on Monday, Thursday and Saturday. Service ends for the season on September 29, 2016.

Montreal – Casablanca : service begins June 3, 2016 with flight AC1936 and operates four times weekly, subject to obtaining the necessary government approvals. Departs Montreal at 21:40 on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, arriving in Casablanca at 10:00 the next day. Return flight AC1937 departs Casablanca at 11:55 and arrives in Montreal at 14:45 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Service ends for the season on October 17, 2016 .

Toronto – Budapest : service begins June 10, 2016 with flight AC1910 and operates three times weekly. Departs Toronto at 22:35 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, arriving in Budapest 13:35 the next day. Return flight AC1911 departs Budapest at 15:05 and arrives in Toronto at 18:45 on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Service ends for the season on October 15, 2016 .

Toronto – Glasgow : service begins June 13, 2016 with flight AC1938 and operates three times weekly. Departs Toronto at 18:55 on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday, arriving in Glasgow at 6:40 the next day. Return flight AC1939 departs Glasgow at 8:25 and arrives in Toronto 10:50 on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. Service ends for the season on September 25, 2016 .

Toronto – Warsaw : service begins June 16, 2016 with flight AC1926 and operates three times weekly. Departs Toronto at 18:30 on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, arriving in Warsaw at 9:30 the next day. Return flight AC1927 departs Warsaw at 11:00 and arrives Toronto 14:50 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Service ends for the season on September 30, 2016 .

Since 2009, Air Canada has increased its system-wide international capacity, measured by seats, by approximately 50 percent. This year, Air Canada launched new international services from Montreal to Venice and Mexico , Vancouver to Osaka, and Toronto to Amsterdam . In November, the airline will launch nonstop service to Dubai and Delhi from Toronto and it has also announced new service beginning in 2016 to Brisbane from Vancouver, to Lyon from Montreal, and to London – Gatwick from Toronto.

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Icelandair is coming to Montreal

Icelandair (Keflavik) has announced it will continue its expansion of their global network with new seasonal service from Montreal beginning May 19, 2016 . Flights from Pierre Trudeau International Airport will mark the arrival of the airline’s first gateway in the province of Quebec and the 16th destination in North America.

The airline will offer four flights a week through November 8, 2016 with departures on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The five-hour, nonstop flight to Icelandair’s hub at Keflavik International Airport also provides connections to more than 20 destinations in Europe , including Paris, London, Copenhagen, Stockholm and Oslo.

Following the commencement of Halifax in 1998, new gateways were launched including Toronto in 2008, Edmonton and Vancouver in 2014, and with this announcement, Montreal beginning in 2016.

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Air Canada rouge to introduce the Airbus A321 on December 16

Air Canada rouge (subsidiary of Air Canada) (Toronto) will soon be receiving five Airbus A321s from parent Air Canada (Montreal).

The leisure brand is planning to introduce the new type on December 16 on the Montreal (Trudeau) – Las Vegas route followed by Montreal (Trudeau) – Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood service two days later per Airline Route.

Rouge will also introduce the A321 from Toronto (Pearson) on January 14, 2016 with flights to Punta Cana and Tampa, followed by Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Sarasota/Bradenton, Varadero and Phoenix.

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Air Transat starts seasonal Halifax – London Gatwick flights

Air Transat (Montreal) on June 17 launched its twice-weekly summer seasonal service between Halifax and London (Gatwick) with Boeing 737 aircraft.

The return westbound routing stops at Gander per Airline Route.

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Air Canada rouge is coming to London Gatwick, Air Canada will also add Lyon, France

Air Canada (Montreal) today further expanded its global network with the announcement of new nonstop services to Lyon, France and London’s Gatwick Airport beginning in the summer of 2016.

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Air Canada rouge (Toronto) will operate the seasonal service between Toronto (Pearson) and London’s Gatwick Airport which will complement AC’s extensive operation at London Heathrow Airport.

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Air Canada service between Montreal (Trudeau) and Lyon will begin on June 16, 2016 and operate up to five-times weekly with an Airbus A330-300 aircraft with 37 International Business Class lie-flat suites and 228 Economy class seats.

Air Canada rouge’s summer seasonal service betweenToronto and London-Gatwick will begin on May 19, 2016 and operate up to seven-times weekly with a Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft with 24 Premium rouge seats and 256 rouge seats.

In other news, Air Canada received confirmation by Unifor, representing the airline’s approximately 4,000 Customer Service and Sales Agents, that its members have ratified an agreement on a new collective agreement for five years.

The agreement has also been approved by the Air Canada Board of Directors.

Copyright Photo: Gilbert Hechema/AirlinersGallery.com. Air Canada will bring its leisure rouge brand to Gatwick Airport. Air Canada rouge Boeing 767-33A ER C-GHPN (msn 33424) departs from Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL).

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WestJet’s Boeing 737-600 runway overrun at Montreal on Friday

WestJet 737-600 C-GWCT overrun at YUL 6.5.15

WestJet (Calgary) on Friday (June 5) issued this statement about flight WE588 operating from Toronto (Pearson) to Montreal (Trudeau) which overran the runway on landing at Montreal:

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On Friday afternoon, June 5, WestJet flight WS588 from Toronto to Montreal skidded off the end of the runway upon landing, safely stopping on the grass at the end of the runway.

Our primary concern is always for the safety and well-being of our guests and crew. All are reported safe at this time.

We offloaded guests shortly after with all guests exiting the aircraft via air stairs and then walked to the bus provided by Montreal airport authorities. Friends and family were gathered together to await their loved ones in arrivals. The aircraft will be removed from service for full inspection, and WestJet will work with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada to investigate this incident.

We’d like to thank the fast-acting first responders and our partners at the Montreal airport authority for seeing to the safety of our guests and crew. Thanks also to those who have reached out showing concern for all involved.

Twitter photo by Sylvain Faust. The aircraft involved is the pictured Boeing 737-6CT C-GWCT (msn 35112).

CanJet Airlines to lay off 115 pilots and flight attendants

CanJet Airlines (2nd) (Halifax) will lay off 47 pilots and 68 permanent and seasonal flight attendants because the airline is dropping its unprofitable seasonal flights to Europe. According to this report by Halifax Herald, the airline is considering a low-cost schedule service alternative. This is the second setback for the struggling carrier after Air Transat (Montreal) announced previously it was acquiring its own Boeing 737s after CanJet had been operating for Air Transat. As a response, CanJet formed CanJet Vacations (Toronto).

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Copyright Photo: Gilbert Hechema/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8AS C-FTCZ (msn 29923) departs from Montreal (Trudeau).

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