Air Canada Launches Major European Expansion

Discussion in 'Air Canada | Aeroplan' started by tcook052, Oct 8, 2013.  |  Print Topic

  1. tcook052
    Original Member

    tcook052 Silver Member

    Messages:
    518
    Likes Received:
    637
    Status Points:
    695
    http://aircanada.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=43&item=701

    MONTREAL, Oct. 8, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada is undertaking a major expansion of international services to Europe from Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary. The airline today announced highlights of its Summer 2014 Europe schedule, which includes the introduction of year-round non-stop service from Toronto to Milan, Italy with up to five weekly flights, offering the only non-stop service between Canada and Milan. Flights to this key Italian business destination will feature Air Canada's award-winning Executive First cabin of service.

    In addition, Air Canada will increase its year-round Toronto-Istanbul non-stop service to daily flights from three times weekly. The airline will expand the availability of its new international Premium Economy cabin with its introduction on Vancouver-London Heathrow flights year-round, as well as Montreal-London Heathrow flights during the peak summer travel season. Air Canada will also deploy larger aircraft from its international widebody fleet on flights from Calgary to London Heathrow and Frankfurt, as well as from Montreal to Brussels and Geneva in order to meet travel and cargo demand during the peak summer season.

    As part of the Summer 2014 schedule, Air Canada's leisure carrier subsidiary, Air Canada rouge, will launch seasonal non-stop flights between Toronto-Lisbon, Toronto-Manchester, Montreal-Barcelona and Montreal-Nice. The new routes supplement the leisure carrier's other popular vacation destinations, including previously announced Toronto-Dublin year-round service, as well as holiday and cruise package options offered in conjunction with Air Canada Vacations.

    Seats on these new Air Canada and Air Canada rouge flights are now available for purchase at aircanada.com and through travel agents.

    As new Boeing 777-300ER and 787 aircraft enter the Air Canada mainline fleet, Air Canada will continue growing Air Canada rouge to reach a total of up to 50 aircraft, as demand warrants. The growth of its leisure carrier, in tandem with the mainline fleet renewal and international network expansion, is a key element of Air Canada's overall strategy for sustainable, profitable growth, both at the mainline and leisure carrier.

    "The expansion of Air Canada's global network to include four new European destinations is a significant turning point in Air Canada's international growth strategy. With the addition of Air Canada mainline service to Milan, a key business centre, and Air Canada rouge service to popular holiday destinations such as Lisbon, Nice and Manchester, we are offering customers great new options when making their travel plans beginning next summer," said Ben Smith, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer. "Since the launch of our Toronto-Istanbul non-stop service in June 2013, customer response has been very positive and we look forward to increasing to daily flights with convenient connections throughout the Middle East, Africa and South Asia.

    "The growth of Air Canada's international network, within forecasts previously announced, is possible due to our ability to deploy capacity and continue growing at significantly lower incremental cost. Air Canada rouge's successful inaugural season underscores its growing popularity among vacation- goers. Similarly, the introduction of our new international Premium Economy cabin has also met with extremely positive customer feedback and we are pleased to continue its introduction with our five specially-configured Boeing 777-300ER aircraft on routes such as Vancouver-London and Montreal-London where market demand calls for a larger supply of Economy and Premium Economy seats, in addition to continuing to offer Executive First business class service.

    "As Canada's preferred airline by business travellers, and voted Best Airline in North America for the fourth consecutive year, we are pleased to offer a wide range of premium products as well as high value options together with Air Canada rouge. We will continue leveraging Air Canada's strengths in fleet, product and network while responding to demand on both a price and cost competitive basis to serve customers across Canada and around the world," concluded Mr. Smith.

    Air Canada will have taken delivery of five new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft for the mainline fleet between June 2013 and February 2014, and the first three of 37 Boeing 787 aircraft by the summer of 2014. Air Canada is scheduled to take delivery of six 787-8 aircraft in 2014 and the remaining 31 787-8 and -9 aircraft between 2015 and 2019.

    Highlights of the Air Canada mainline Summer 2014 flight schedule:

    Toronto-Milan

    New year-round non-stop service starting June 18, 2014 with up to five flights per week. Boeing 767-300ER service featuring choice of Air Canada Executive First and Economy cabins.

    Flight # Depart Toronto
    (YYZ) Arrive Milan
    (MXP) Flight # Depart Milan
    (MXP) Arrive Toronto
    (YYZ)
    AC842 20:20 10:40 +1 AC843 12:10 15:30

    Toronto-Istanbul

    Year-round non-stop service increases from three times weekly to daily flights beginning June 2014, subject to government approval. Boeing 767-300ER service featuring choice of Air Canada Executive First and Economy cabins.

    Toronto-Rome

    Aircraft upgauged from Boeing 767-300ER to Airbus A330-300 service featuring choice of Air Canada Executive First and Economy cabins, from May 1 - October 25, 2014.

    Montréal-London Heathrow

    Aircraft upgauged from Airbus A330-300 to Boeing 777-300ER service featuring new international Premium Economy cabin, in addition to Executive First and expanded Economy cabins, from June 15 - September 30, 2014.

    Montréal-Brussels

    Aircraft upgauged from Boeing 767-300ER to Airbus A330-300 service featuring choice of Air Canada Executive First and Economy cabins, from March 29 - October 25, 2014.

    Montréal-Geneva

    Aircraft upgauged from Boeing 767-300ER to Airbus A330-300 service year-round featuring choice of Air Canada Executive First and Economy cabins.

    Montréal-Frankfurt

    Addition of a second non-stop flight five times weekly from May 16 - October 12, 2014. The Air Canada codeshare flight will be operated by Star Alliance partner, Lufthansa, and will complement Air Canada's daily Airbus A330-300 year-round non-stop service,

    Calgary-London Heathrow

    Aircraft upgauged from Airbus A330-300 to Boeing 777-300ER service featuring choice of Air Canada Executive First and Economy cabins, from June 1 - September 30, 2014.

    Calgary-Frankfurt

    Aircraft upgauged from Airbus A330-300 to Boeing 777-300ER service featuring choice of Air Canada Executive First and Economy cabins, from March 29 - October 25, 2014.

    Vancouver-London Heathrow

    Effective March 1, 2014, upgauged to Boeing 777-300ER service year-round featuring new international Premium Economy cabin, in addition to Executive First and expanded Economy cabins.

    Highlights of the Air Canada rouge Summer 2014 flight schedule:

    Toronto-Lisbon

    New three times weekly service from June 21 to September 21, 2014, subject to government approval. Departing Toronto on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, and from Lisbon on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

    Toronto-Manchester

    New five times weekly service from June 26 to September 13. 2014. Departing Toronto on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday, and from Manchester on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

    Montréal-Nice

    New three times weekly service from June 5 to October13, 2014, subject to government approval. Departing Montréal on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, and from Nice on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

    Montréal-Barcelona

    New twice weekly service from June 4 to October 11, 2014, subject to government approval. Departing Montréal on Wednesday and Friday, and from Barcelona on Thursday and Saturday.

    Toronto-Athens

    Seasonal non-stop service increases from four to five weekly flights beginning June 2014.

    Toronto-Edinburgh

    Seasonal non-stop service increases from three to five weekly flights beginning July 2014.

    In addition, three popular holiday travel markets currently served by Air Canada's mainline carrier on a seasonal basis will be converted to Air Canada rouge service beginning summer 2014:

    Toronto-Barcelona

    Up to five times weekly service from May 8 to October 19, 2014, subject to government approval. Departing Toronto on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, and from Barcelona on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

    Toronto-Dublin

    Year-round service beginning May 1, 2014.

    Montréal-Rome

    Up to daily service from May 23 to October 19, 2014.

    For the summer 2014 season, Air Canada rouge will continue to operate Toronto-Venice, Toronto-Edinburgh and Toronto/Montreal-Athens after their successful inaugural season in 2013.

    All Air Canada rouge flights to Europe are operated with Boeing 767-300ER aircraft featuring a two-cabin configuration with three customer comfort options including rouge, rouge Plus with preferred seating with additional legroom, and, beginning in winter 2013, Premium rouge offering both additional room and enhanced service. By the Summer 2014 season, the Air Canada rouge widebody fleet will consist of eight Boeing 767-300ER aircraft. All flights offer customers streamed wireless inflight entertainment, standard 110 volt power plugs and USB ports (beginning spring 2014), stylish and modern cabin interiors with innovative new seats, and the ability to earn and redeem Aeroplan miles. For more information and bookings, please visit: http://www.aircanada.com/en/about/rouge.html
     
  2. MX

    MX Gold Member

    Messages:
    2,215
    Likes Received:
    4,805
    Status Points:
    2,545
    wth were they smoking when they decided to blow up the sloppy hand-written "rouge" font to giant aircraft-size scale?! :eek:
     
  3. http://aircanada.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=43&item=701
    Four new destinations: Milan, Lisbon, Nice and Manchester
    Non-stop Toronto-Istanbul service expands to daily flights
    New Premium Economy cabin on select London Heathrow flights
    Barcelona non-stop from both Toronto and Montréal on Air Canada rouge

    MONTREAL, Oct. 8, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada is undertaking a major expansion of international services to Europe from Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary. The airline today announced highlights of its Summer 2014 Europe schedule, which includes the introduction of year-round non-stop service from Toronto to Milan, Italy with up to five weekly flights, offering the only non-stop service between Canada and Milan. Flights to this key Italian business destination will feature Air Canada's award-winning Executive First cabin of service.

    In addition, Air Canada will increase its year-round Toronto-Istanbul non-stop service to daily flights from three times weekly. The airline will expand the availability of its new international Premium Economy cabin with its introduction on Vancouver-London Heathrow flights year-round, as well as Montreal-London Heathrow flights during the peak summer travel season. Air Canada will also deploy larger aircraft from its international widebody fleet on flights from Calgary to London Heathrow and Frankfurt, as well as from Montreal to Brussels and Geneva in order to meet travel and cargo demand during the peak summer season.

    As part of the Summer 2014 schedule, Air Canada's leisure carrier subsidiary, Air Canada rouge, will launch seasonal non-stop flights between Toronto-Lisbon, Toronto-Manchester, Montreal-Barcelona and Montreal-Nice. The new routes supplement the leisure carrier's other popular vacation destinations, including previously announced Toronto-Dublin year-round service, as well as holiday and cruise package options offered in conjunction with Air Canada Vacations.
     
    uggboy likes this.
  4. Montréal-Nice

    New three times weekly service from June 5 to October13, 2014, subject to government approval. Departing Montréal on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, and from Nice on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

    THis reminds me of the 80's when AC had a flight to Nice via either CDG or LHR IIRC.
     
    uggboy likes this.
  5. YEGman

    YEGman Silver Member

    Messages:
    102
    Likes Received:
    95
    Status Points:
    325
    I'll be flying Icelandair to Europe.
     
    YULtide likes this.
  6. tomh009
    Original Member

    tomh009 Gold Member

    Messages:
    2,258
    Likes Received:
    1,819
    Status Points:
    1,220
    Icelandair has good prices, and KEF is an easy airport for connections. But it's still a connection ... and connections further afield in Europe are more limited from KEF than, say, from FRA, LHR or CDG.

    On the other hand, I would be interested in doing a one-week stopover in Iceland. :D
     
    YULtide and YEGman like this.
  7. The Lev
    Original Member

    The Lev Silver Member

    Messages:
    398
    Likes Received:
    376
    Status Points:
    545
    What's going on with the IST daily flights - will TK be pulling out and codesharing or is there really enough demand for two flights a day on the four days that they both fly?
     
    YULtide likes this.
  8. The Lev
    Original Member

    The Lev Silver Member

    Messages:
    398
    Likes Received:
    376
    Status Points:
    545
    Not only is it a connection, but it is a connection that doesn't allow for much sleep on either leg.
     
    tomh009 likes this.
  9. YEGman

    YEGman Silver Member

    Messages:
    102
    Likes Received:
    95
    Status Points:
    325
    We're going to either Madrid or Barcelona - with a stopover in Iceland!
     
    tomh009 likes this.
  10. I believe the demand for both will work as IST is fast becoming a major hub for onward traffic.
     

Share This Page