Air Canada rouge™: Introducing Canada's New Leisure Airline

Operations to start July 1, 2013
Special introductory air fares and vacation packages now on sale to the 
Caribbean and Europe 
MONTREAL, Dec. 18, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada today unveiled its new 
leisure airline, marking a milestone in the transformation of Canada's flag 
carrier to compete in the growing leisure travel sector. Special 
introductory fares are available for sale beginning today at and 
through travel agents. Along with details of the initial destinations it 
will fly to beginning in July 2013, the name of Canada's new leisure airline - 
Air Canada rouge - was announced following a contest launched on Facebook 
inviting customers, employees and travel industry professionals for their 
input. Details about the contest and prize winners have been posted on 
"With the introduction today of Air Canada rouge, Air Canada enters today's 
growing leisure travel market on a truly competitive basis," said Ben Smith, 
Air Canada's Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, at a news 
conference in Toronto to unveil the new leisure airline. "In partnership 
with Air Canada Vacations, part of our new leisure group, Air Canada rouge 
will leverage the strengths of Air Canada's extensive network, operational 
expertise and frequent flyer reward program in order to offer Canadians great 
value for their vacation travel." 
Michael Friisdahl, President and Chief Executive Officer of Air Canada's 
Leisure Group, continued, "With leisure time at a premium, Air Canada rouge 
will combine affordable fares, great service and choice leisure destinations 
with those benefits offered by Air Canada and Air Canada Vacations that are 
valued most by vacation travellers. We look forward to giving them a warm 
welcome onboard Air Canada rouge, Canada's affordably stylish leisure airline." 
Special introductory Air Canada rouge fares now on sale to: Venice, Edinburgh, 
Athens, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Costa Rica 
For its inaugural 2013 season, Air Canada rouge will introduce new routes not 
currently operated by Air Canada to Venice, Italy and Edinburgh, Scotland. 
In addition, Air Canada seasonal services from Toronto and Montreal to Athens, 
Greece will be flown by the leisure carrier. Similarly, existing Air Canada 
flights operated in cooperation with Air Canada Vacations to Cuba, the 
Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Costa Rica will be operated by Air Canada 
rouge effective July 2013. 
To celebrate the launch of Air Canada's new leisure airline, special 
introductory fares are now available for purchase until December 25, 2012, 
subject to availability, at and through travel agents, for 
travel on Air Canada rouge between July and October 26, 2013. Examples of 
special introductory fares based on Toronto departures: 

    --  Venice, Edinburgh and Toronto/Montreal-Athens: starting as low
        as $949 round-trip including all taxes, fees, charges and
    --  Dominican Republic (Punta Cana, Puerto Plata and Samana) and
        Kingston, Jamaica: starting as low as $269 each way including
        all taxes, fees, charges and surcharges.
    --  Costa Rica (San Jose and Liberia): starting as low as $389 each
        way including all taxes, fees, charges and surcharges.
    --  Cuba (Varadero, Cayo Coco, Holguin and Santa Clara): starting
        as low as $538 round-trip including all taxes, fees, charges
        and surcharges; available exclusively at

Visit or contact your travel agent for more information on 
applicable fare conditions.

Air Canada Vacations is also offering great introductory specials for bookings 
made by December 25, 2012 on air-inclusive vacation packages to select 
Caribbean and European destinations. Visit for further 

Air Canada rouge flights to all destinations to be served in the carrier's 
inaugural 2013 summer schedule will depart Air Canada's main hub at Toronto's 
Pearson International Airport offering customers seamless connections with Air 
Canada, Air Canada Express and its Star Alliance partner flights. Air Canada 
rouge will also operate non-stop flights to Athens from Montreal's Trudeau 
Airport, in addition to its Toronto-Athens flights. Air Canada rouge customers 
benefit from attractively priced through-fares from any point within Air 
Canada's extensive network on a single ticket as well as baggage checked 
through to final destination and Aeroplan mileage accumulation and redemption.

The Air Canada rouge fleet will initially be comprised of two Boeing 767-300ER 
aircraft to operate transatlantic flights in a two-cabin configuration 
offering a selection of rouge Plus™ seats with additional legroom and 
Premium rouge™ seats featuring additional seating comfort, space and 
enhanced meal and beverage service; and two Airbus A319 aircraft to operate 
North American flights in an all-economy configuration offering a selection of 
rouge Plus seats with additional legroom. These four aircraft will be 
released from Air Canada's existing fleet to Air Canada rouge as the mainline 
carrier takes delivery of two new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in 2013, as 
announced October 1, 2012.

Air Canada rouge will expand to other popular holiday destinations as Air 
Canada starts to take delivery of new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft in 2014, 
thereby freeing up aircraft for deployment in the Air Canada rouge fleet. As 
this occurs, and subject to commercial demand, Air Canada rouge may operate up 
to 20 Boeing 767-300ER aircraft and 30 Airbus A319 aircraft, for a total of 50 
aircraft, to pursue opportunities in markets made viable by Air Canada rouge's 
lower operating cost structure. Flights operated by Air Canada rouge are 
subject to receiving all required regulatory approvals.

Two hundred new jobs will be created for flight attendants and pilots at Air 
Canada rouge, in addition to Air Canada hiring 900 employees to meet its own 
planned workforce requirements as part of its 2012-2013 recruitment program 
announced September 20, 2012.

About Air Canada Vacations

Air Canada Vacations is a leading Canadian tour operator offering a wide 
assortment of leisure travel packages. Repeat recipient of the Consumer's 
Choice Award for Best Travel Wholesaler, Air Canada Vacations services over 
100 destinations in the Caribbean, Central & South America, Asia, Europe, and 
in the U.S. For more information, visit

About Air Canada

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.

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