Air Canada Plans Major International Expansion this Summer with a Focus on Key Gateways to Asia

Air Canada Plans Major International Expansion this Summer with a Focus on Key
                               Gateways to Asia

PR Newswire

MONTREAL, Nov. 29, 2012

New Seoul and Istanbul routes; seven more weekly flights to China;
Calgary-Narita upgrade

MONTREAL, Nov. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - Air Canada is bringing the world closer
this summer with a major expansion of its international services. The carrier
is launching a new non-stop route between Toronto and Seoul, starting service
to Istanbul subject to government approval, adding seven weekly departures to
Beijing from Toronto and Vancouver, and upgrading its Calgary-Tokyo Narita
route to provide daily service.

"Air Canada is seizing the opportunities of the Pacific Century with the most
far-reaching international expansion of its schedule in its 75-year history.
Our new routes embrace the world from Istanbul to Seoul and deepen our already
extensive Asian service. With our Asia expansion alone, we will be flying 11
daily departures or more than 43,000 seats a week across the Pacific Ocean
this summer - a commitment of up to 14 widebody aircraft valued in excess of
$2 billion. Our service to Istanbul, the bridge between Europe and Asia, adds
an exciting destination to the Air Canada network with easy connections
throughout Turkey and points in Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa with
our Star Alliance partner Turkish Airlines," said Ben Smith, Executive Vice
President and Chief Commercial Officer. "Customers will enjoy flying on the
Best International Airline in North America as rated for three straight years
by the influential Skytrax World Airline Awards. All flights will offer lie
flat suites in Executive First, industry-leading seatback entertainment
throughout all aircraft, the ability to collect and redeem Aeroplan mileage
and lounge access and concierge service for eligible customers."

Highlights of Air Canada's 2013 summer schedule include:

  *Non-stop service to Istanbul beginning June 4. Subject to government
    approval, Air Canada will begin flying three-times weekly, year-round to
    the historic city which also serves as a gateway to other destinations in
    Turkey, Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Flights will be operated
    with a Boeing 767-300ER aircraft. It will be the only early evening
    departure from Toronto to Istanbul.

  *The launch on June 2 of a new Toronto-Seoul service operating three times
    a week, creating a fifth Asian destination from Air Canada's Toronto hub.
    The year-round service, operated with a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, will
    complement existing Vancouver to Seoul service by providing daily
    departures from Canada to Seoul.

  *An addition of three more weekly departures between Toronto and Beijing
    starting June 1, bringing the total number of departures from Toronto to
    Beijing to ten a week. The flights will be operated with a Boeing
    777-300ER aircraft

  *Four additional departures each week between Vancouver and Beijing
    starting June 1, for a total of 11 weekly departures, including a new late
    night flight timed to be convenient for business travellers. The flights
    will be operated with a Boeing 767-300ER aircraft.

  *The upgrading of our Calgary-Tokyo Narita service starting May 1 to offer
    daily departures, up from five a week last summer. The flights are
    operated with a Boeing 767-300ER.

Air Canada is Canada's largest domestic and international airline serving more
than 175 destinations on five continents. Canada's flag carrier is the 15th
largest commercial airline in the world and in 2011 served more than 33
million customers. Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly
to59 Canadian cities, 56 destinations in the United States and63 cities in
Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico and South
America. Air Canada is a founding member of Star Alliance, the world's most
comprehensive air transportation network serving 1,356 destinations in193
countries. In 2012, Air Canada was ranked Best International Airline in North
America in a worldwide survey of more than 18 million airline passengers
conducted by independent research firm Skytrax. For more information visit
aircanada.com, follow @AirCanada on Twitter and join Air Canada on Facebook.

SOURCE AIR CANADA

Contact:

Isabelle Arthur (Montréal)(514) 422-5788
Peter Fitzpatrick (Toronto)(416) 263-5576
Angela Mah (Vancouver)(604) 270-5741

Internet:aircanada.com
 
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