Air Canada customers connecting to the U.S. through Toronto now benefit from fully-automated baggage handling

 Air Canada customers connecting to the U.S. through Toronto now benefit from
                       fully-automated baggage handling

PR Newswire

MONTREAL, March 26, 2013

Streamlined connections strengthen Toronto as preferred routing for U.S.

MONTREAL, March 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - Air Canada is becoming an even more
attractive option for travellers connecting to the U.S. due to a simplified
baggage handling process at its Toronto Lester B. Pearson International
Airport hub. The new system sends checked baggage to connecting flights so
connecting customers no longer have to retrieve their checked bags for U.S.
customs inspection.

"Air Canada's Toronto Pearson hub is already recognized as a North American
gateway and this simplified baggage process makes it even more attractive. It
strengthens Toronto's position as a preferred routing by making transit
through Pearson easier for customers who are increasingly choosing to travel
our international network because it offers some of the best elapsed travel
times between the U.S. and other global centres in Europe and Asia," said Ben
Smith, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at Air Canada.
"Air Canada has earned Skytrax ratings as North America's Best International
Airline and its only Four Star international network carrier. These
accomplishments, combined with other attributes such as dedicated Transborder
and International Maple Leaf Lounges at Pearson featuring concierge service,
our lie flat Executive First suites on board our wide-body fleet, and now this
new Toronto baggage process, are all reasons why Air Canada is the best option
for travel to and from North America."

Air Canada at Toronto Pearson

Air Canada has been developing its Toronto Pearson hub as an international
connection point for travellers between the U.S. and international
destinations. The number of Air Canada international passengers connecting
through Toronto Pearson has increased by more than 160 per cent since 2009.
Air Canada operates up to 355 departures each day from Pearson to 124
destinations with approximately 50 per cent of its customers making
connections through Toronto. On peak days, more than 62,000 Air Canada
customers arrive and depart from Toronto Pearson. Air Canada, along with its
Air Canada Express regional affiliates, offers up to 148 scheduled flights
each day to 51 U.S. destinations from its hub in Toronto.

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 2012 served close to 35 million
customers. Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to59
Canadian cities, 55 destinations in the United States and64 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 1,329 destinations in194 countries. Air
Canada rewards its most loyal customers through its top tier recognition
program, Altitude, that offers frequent flyers a range of priority travel
services, lounge access and upgrades to Executive Class, complementing their
membership in Aeroplan, Canada's premier loyalty program, which provides
numerous ways to earn and redeem Aeroplan Miles with over 150 travel and
retail partners. For more information on Air Canada visit,
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IsabelleArthur (Montréal)514 422-5788
PeterFitzpatrick (Toronto)416 263-5576
AngelaMah (Vancouver)604 270-5741
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