Air Canada Adds Montreal-Barcelona and Montreal-Nice non-stop flights for
Summer 2014 Schedule
MONTREAL, Oct. 8, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada announced today it is
boosting its international Summer 2014 services to Europe from Montreal with
the launch of seasonal non-stop flights between Montreal and Nice, France and
the re-introduction of Montreal-Barcelona service. Flights will be operated by
Air Canada's leisure carrier subsidiary, Air Canada rouge. In addition, the
airline will expand the availability of its new international Premium Economy
cabin with its introduction on 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 Montreal to Brussels and
Geneva in order to meet travel and cargo demand during the summer.
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 new European
destinations is a significant turning point in Air Canada's international
growth strategy. With the addition of Air Canada rouge service from Montreal
to popular holiday destinations such as Nice and Barcelona, 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.
"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 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.
Said James Cherry, president and CEO "Aéroports de Montréal is pleased with
these new non-stop services and increased capacity on existing destinations as
it reinforces Montréal-Trudeau's appeal as an efficient hub to Europe."
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 Montreal Summer 2014 flight schedule:
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- Aircraft upgauged from Boeing 767-300ER to Airbus A330-300
service year-round featuring choice of Air Canada Executive
First and Economy cabins.
-- 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
Highlights of the Air Canada rouge Montreal Summer 2014 flight schedule:
-- 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
-- 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.
In addition, a popular holiday travel market currently served by Air Canada's
mainline carrier on a seasonal basis will be converted to Air Canada rouge
service beginning summer 2014:
-- Up to daily service from May 23 to October 19, 2014.
These routes supplement the leisure carrier's other popular vacation
destinations as well as holiday and cruise package options offered in
conjunction with Air Canada Vacations.
For the summer 2014 season, Air Canada rouge will continue to operate
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 2104 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:
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 among the
20 largest airlines in the world and in 2012 served close to 35 million
customers. Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to60
Canadian cities, 49 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:
About Air Canada rouge
Air Canada rouge is Air Canada's new leisure airline, part of the Air Canada
Leisure Group, along with Air Canada Vacations. Air Canada rouge operates
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. 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 leads the way in leisure
travel. Vacation ahead with Air Canada rouge. For more information visit:
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
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