Air Canada expands its international network

Lauren Eldershaw
By Lauren Eldershaw February 28, 2019 16:35

Air Canada expands its international network

Air Canada has announced a number of new services to its international network. The airline will launch a new winter service from Montreal to São Paulo, Brazil, the only non-stop flights between the two cities. This new route to São Paulo will commence on December 11, 2019 and operate three return-trips weekly from Montreal until March 27, 2020. Flights will be operated by Air Canada’s three-class 787-9 Dreamliner.

Air Canada has also announced the addition of new, non-stop, seasonal flights between Vancouver and Auckland, New Zealand.  Air Canada’s flights to Auckland will operate four times weekly beginning December 12, 2019 until the end of March 2020, subject to obtaining the necessary government approvals.

Air Canada has also finalized a Memorandum of Understanding with Star Alliance partner Air New Zealand to pursue expanding its current alliance arrangement to strategically co-operate in the form of a Joint Venture, subject to Air Canada and Air New Zealand making the necessary filings, obtaining competition and other regulatory approvals and finalizing documentation.

“We are delighted to add Auckland as we continue strategically expanding Air Canada’s international network and increasing its presence in the Asia-Pacific market.  The launch of Auckland service in December will be of particular interest to New Zealanders travelling for a Canadian winter vacation, and to North Americans travelling to enjoy New Zealand’s vibrant multicultural urban and natural attractions during their summer season,” said Lucie Guillemette, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at Air Canada. “We have timed our Auckland flights to conveniently connect at our YVR trans-Pacific hub to and from a multitude of non-stop destinations throughout North America including New York-Newark.  Our Dreamliners featuring our Signature Service together with the seamless connections through in-transit preclearance facilities and competitive elapsed travel times, position Air Canada and YVR as a preferred trans-Pacific option for travel.”

Air Canada will launch new, non-stop service between Toronto and Quito. The new route, to be operated three-times weekly on a seasonal basis by Air Canada Rouge, will be the first non-stop service to Ecuador from Canada when it begins December 8, 2019, subject to obtaining the necessary government approvals.

Air Canada will operate its seasonal service between Toronto and Honolulu next winter with its 787 aircraft, three times weekly from December 14, 2019 until April 26, 2020.

Lauren Eldershaw
By Lauren Eldershaw February 28, 2019 16:35