Air Canada rouge Service Expands to More Holiday Destinations with 2013-2014 Winter Schedule

 Air Canada rouge Service Expands to More Holiday Destinations with 2013-2014
                               Winter Schedule

PR Newswire

MONTREAL, June 25, 2013

Air Canada rouge fleet will grow to serve Mexico, Florida, Las Vegas and more
of the Caribbean

MONTREAL, June 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - Air Canada today said that growth of
its leisure carrier subsidiary, Air Canada rouge, is on track to expand to a
total of 23 holiday destinations in the Caribbean, Mexico, Florida and Las
Vegas for its 2013-2014 winter season.

"We are delighted with the response to Air Canada rouge's inaugural summer
season as it prepares for take-off July 1st," said Calin Rovinescu, President
and Chief Executive Officer, in Toronto for a pre-inaugural event with
employees and media. "Our plans for growing the Air Canada rouge fleet are on
track to serve more holiday destination markets where we can now compete on a
more cost effective basis operating our new leisure carrier, while leveraging
the strength of Air Canada Vacations. Once Air Canada rouge completes its
inaugural summer season to Edinburgh, Venice, Athens and a number of Caribbean
destinations, its flying will expand southward for the winter to an additional
13 destinations in the Caribbean, Mexico and select U.S. holiday markets. I
would like to commend Michael Friisdahl and his team at Air Canada rouge for
overcoming the complexity and challenges of launching a new carrier in record
time with professionalism and an impressive sense of purpose.I also
congratulate the first Air Canada rouge inflight graduating class who we
expect will set an excellent customer service standard for vacation travel."

"As new Boeing 777-300ER and 787 aircraft enter the Air Canada mainline fleet,
we intend to continue spooling up Air Canada rouge to reach a total of up to
50 aircraft. The growth of our 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. With a renewed, more efficient fleet combined
with our award-winning product, Air Canada will be well positioned to expand
its mainline global network to new, higher business-demand destinations while
Air Canada rouge profitably expands Air Canada's presence on a lower cost
basis in current and future leisure markets that present new opportunities,"
concluded Mr. Rovinescu.

Air Canada will take delivery of five new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft for its
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 seven 787 aircraft in 2014 and the remaining 30 between 2015 and
2019.

Air Canada rouge's July 1 start-up fleet consisting of two Airbus A319
aircraft and two Boeing 767-300ER aircraft will grow to ten aircraft by the
end of 2013 with the addition of six Airbus A319 aircraft by December 2013,
and an additional four Airbus A319 aircraft by March 2014, for a total of 14
aircraft by the end of the 2013-2014 winter season.

A number of popular holiday destinations currently served by Air Canada's
mainline carrier will be converted to Air Canada rouge service on a phased-in
basis beginning October 2013 through March 2014 as additional aircraft are
released by the mainline airline for operation by its leisure carrier.

Air Canada rouge will operate flights to the following popular holiday
destinations for its 2013-2014 Winter Schedule. Flights are now available for
purchase at aircanada.com and through travel agents:

Mexico: flights from Toronto to Cancun, Puerto Vallarta*, Cabo San Lucas* and
Huatulco*, subject to government approval.

United States: flights from Toronto and Montreal to Orlando and Las Vegas, and
from Toronto to Sarasota*, Florida.

Caribbean: flights from Toronto to Montego Bay, Jamaica; Grenada*; St. Kitts*;
Grand Exuma, Bahamas; Curacao*, Netherlands Antilles; and La Romana*,
Dominican Republic. This is in addition to Air Canada rouge service
commencing with its summer 2013 schedule on July 1 from Toronto year-round to
10 Caribbean and Central America destinations: Kingston, Jamaica; the
Dominican Republic (Punta Cana, Puerto Plata and Samana), Cuba (Varadero, Cayo
Coco, Holguin and Santa Clara) and Costa Rica (San Jose and Liberia).

* Seasonal services where indicated. All other routes are year-round
services.

All flights will be operated using Airbus A319 aircraft, with the exception of
Toronto-Las Vegas and Toronto-Montego Bay flights that will be operated with
Boeing 767-300ER aircraft.

Air Canada rouge's Boeing 767-300ER aircraft feature 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. The airline's Airbus A319
aircraft are configured with rouge and rouge Plus preferred seating. All
flights will offer customers streamed wireless inflight entertainment, 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

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 2012 served close to 35 million
customers. Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to59
Canadian cities, 53 destinations in the United States and67 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 1,328 destinations in195 countries. Air
Canada is the only international network carrier in North America to receive a
Four-Star ranking according to independent U.K. research firm Skytrax that
ranked Air Canada in a worldwide survey of more than 18 million airline
passengers as Best Airline in North America in 2013 for the fourth consecutive
year. For more information, please visit: www.aircanada.com.

About Air Canada rouge

Air Canada rouge is Air Canada's new leisure airline, part of the new Air
Canada Leisure Group, along with Air Canada Vacations. Air Canada rouge will
operate a fleet of Boeing 767-300ER and Airbus A319 aircraft sporting an
attractive new livery and interior, designed to reflect the airline's relaxed
friendly ambience. Initially flights will operate from Toronto and Montreal
to vacation spots in Europe and the Caribbean. Air Canada rouge is the only
leisure airline that offers a full network of connecting flights, Aeroplan
Miles with every flight as well as redemption, and Air Canada Vacations
package holidays or flight-only options. With all of these customer benefits,
Air Canada rouge will be leading the way in leisure travel. Vacation ahead
with Air Canada rouge. For more information visit:
http://www.aircanada.com/en/about/media/rouge/index.html

About Air Canada Vacations

Air Canada Vacations is a leading Canadian tour operator offering a wide
assortment of leisure travel packages, cruises, and flights to destinations
around the world. A 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. And now,
Air Canada Vacations will feature Air Canada rouge on several of its top
vacation routes. For more information, visit www.aircanadavacations.com

SOURCE Air Canada

Contact:

IsabelleArthur (Montréal)514 422-5788
PeterFitzpatrick (Toronto)416 263-5576
AngelaMah (Vancouver)604 270-5741

Internet:aircanada.com
 
Press spacebar to pause and continue. Press esc to stop.