Air Canada rouge Expands to Western Canada

 Leisure carrier to operate select U.S. routes from Vancouver and Calgary  New Vancouver-Phoenix flights to start next winter  VANCOUVER, March 25, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada today announced that its  leisure carrier subsidiary, Air Canada rouge(TM), is expanding to Western  Canada to serve a number of predominantly leisure markets from Vancouver and  Calgary to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas and Anchorage.  Flights on  these routes, currently operated by Air Canada, will be converted to Air  Canada rouge service beginning this spring, as will flights to San Diego from  Toronto.  In addition, the airline announced that it will introduce new seasonal  non-stop service operated by Air Canada rouge between Vancouver and Phoenix  beginning December 17, 2014.  Existing service from Calgary and Toronto to  Phoenix will also be converted to Air Canada rouge. Flights and optional Air  Canada Vacations packages are available for purchase at aircanada.com and  through travel agents.  "We are very excited to bring Air Canada rouge to Western Canada and launch  new seasonal service between Vancouver and Phoenix. The expansion of our  leisure carrier to Vancouver and Calgary, in tandem with Air Canada's mainline  fleet renewal, is a key element of our strategy for sustainable, profitable  growth at both airlines," said Ben Smith, Executive Vice President and Chief  Commercial Officer. "California and the U.S. Southwest are favourite vacation  destinations for our Western Canada customers and Anchorage is an important  port of call offered with Air Canada Vacations cruise packages. Air Canada  rouge is best suited to compete more cost effectively in these markets where  there is both a high leisure travel demand and low-cost competition.  "We will continue to evaluate future market opportunities as new aircraft are  introduced into the mainline fleet and existing aircraft are released for  operation by Air Canada rouge as market demand warrants.  Since its launch in  July 2013, we have successfully deployed Air Canada rouge to serve Caribbean,  European and select sun destinations in the United States.  We look forward to  offering customers in Western Canada a full range of products and services  offered by both airlines, each suited to specific markets on a route-by-route  basis," concluded Mr. Smith.  Air Canada flights on the following routes will be converted to Air Canada  rouge Airbus A319 service beginning this spring:        Vancouver to: Las Vegas, NV, daily flights effective April 28.                   Los Angeles, CA, four times daily effective May 1.                   Anchorage, AK, daily effective May 16.                   San Francisco, CA, four times daily effective July 1.                   Phoenix, AZ, daily effective December 17.                         Calgary to:   Las Vegas, NV, daily effective April 28.                   Los Angeles, CA, twice daily effective May 1.                   Phoenix, AZ, daily effective December 17.                         Toronto to:   San Diego, CA daily effective March 29.                   Phoenix, AZ, daily effective May 4; up to three times                   daily during the winter season.  With the addition of these routes, together with its previously announced  summer 2014 schedule to Europe, the Caribbean and the United States, Air  Canada rouge plans to operate a total of 54 routes, including new service this  summer to Barcelona, Dublin, Lisbon, Manchester, Nice and Rome.  Air Canada rouge's aircraft feature three customer comfort options: rouge(TM),  rouge Plus(TM) with preferred seating with additional legroom, and Premium  rouge(TM) with additional space and enhanced service on the Boeing 767-300ER  and on select Airbus A319 routes.  Air Canada rouge offers a unique brand of  customer service designed to make every flight a memorable start and end to a  wonderful vacation.  Aircraft are equipped with player, a next generation  in-flight entertainment system that wirelessly streams entertainment to  customers' personal electronic devices.  Flights provide stylish and modern  cabin interiors with innovative new seats, and the ability to earn and redeem  Aeroplan miles. For more information and bookings, visit:  http://www.aircanada.com/en/about/rouge.html  Air Canada rouge operates a fleet consisting of Boeing 767-300ER and Airbus  A319 aircraft transferred from Air Canada. By the end of March 2014, Air  Canada rouge's fleet will include four Boeing 767-300ER aircraft and 13 Airbus  A319 aircraft, and by December 31, 2014, the carrier's fleet is planned to  consist of eight Boeing 767-300ER aircraft and 25 Airbus A319 aircraft.  Air Canada's mainline fleet renewal is ongoing with the introduction of new  aircraft.  In February 2014, Air Canada took delivery of the last of five new  Boeing 777-300ER aircraft to enter its mainline fleet, and is scheduled to  take delivery of the first three of 37 Boeing 787 aircraft by the summer of  2014. Air Canada is scheduled to take delivery of a total of six 787 aircraft  in 2014 and the remaining 31 between 2015 and 2019.  About Air Canada rouge  From the moment you book your ticket to the moment you're warmly welcomed  onboard, you'll see that Air Canada rouge is a new way to vacation ahead.   Enjoy the upbeat Air Canada rouge spirit, and our newly designed cabins.  You've never flown leisure like this before. Air Canada rouge is Air Canada's new leisure airline, part of the Air Canada  Leisure Group, along with Air Canada Vacations. Together with Air Canada  Vacations, Air Canada rouge offers competitively-priced travel to exciting  leisure destinations in Europe and the Caribbean, Mexico and the U.S.:  Edinburgh, Venice, Athens, Lisbon, Dublin, Nice, Barcelona, Rome and  Manchester and multiple destinations in Mexico, the U.S. and the Caribbean  such as Cuba, Costa Rica, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic.  Air Canada rouge began operating July 1, 2013 with a start-up fleet of two  Airbus A319 aircraft and two Boeing 767-300ER aircraft. The fleet grew to ten  aircraft by the end of 2013 with the addition of six Airbus A319 aircraft and  Air Canada rouge plans to add another five Airbus A319 aircraft and two Boeing  767-300ER aircraft by end of March 2014, for a total of 17 aircraft.  As a wholly-owned subsidiary, Air Canada rouge is backed by Air Canada's  75-year reputation for safety and reliability and Air Canada Vacations'  30-plus year history of vacation travel excellence. Learn more at  www.aircanada.com/rouge or www.facebook.com/aircanadarouge  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  About Air Canada  Air Canada is Canada's largest domestic and international airline serving more  than 180 destinations on five continents.  Canada's flag carrier is among the  20 largest airlines in the world and in 2013 served more than 35 million  customers.  Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 60  Canadian cities, 49 destinations in the United States and 72 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 in 195 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.  Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Information  Air Canada's public communications may include forward-looking statements  within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Forward-looking statements,  by their nature, are based on assumptions and are subject to important risks  and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements cannot be relied upon due to,  amongst other things, changing external events and general uncertainties of  the business. 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