Air Canada and its regional-airline partners are introducing new services to seven more American cities, fortifying Air Canada's Toronto hub and strengthening its position...

Air Canada and its regional-airline partners are introducing new services to seven more American cities, fortifying Air Canada’s Toronto hub and strengthening its position as the airline which operates the most daily flights between Canada and the United States.

“This additional service to seven more U.S. cities further solidifies Air Canada’s position as the leading transborder carrier between Canada and the U.S. and the Number One foreign carrier flying to the United States ― offering the most flights per day to more destinations in the U.S. than any other international airline,” says Ben Smith, Air Canada executive vice president and chief commercial officer.

“It also demonstrates our commitment to drive Toronto’s growth as a hub. Air Canada is already the leading carrier at Toronto’s Lester B. Pearson International Airport,” says Smith. “Centralized in a single terminal, Air Canada’s Toronto hub is the most convenient gateway to and from the U.S., offering multiple connection options for passengers travelling anywhere in our global network. Our strategy is to leverage our hub to make it a global transfer point for domestic, transborder and international travellers.”

This spring, Air Canada will offer new daily service between Toronto and seven more U.S. airports: John Wayne Airport, Orange County (SNA) and San Diego International Lindbergh Field (SAN), California; Portland International Airport, Oregon (PDX); Memphis International Airport, Tennessee (MEM); Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG); Portland International Jetport, Maine (PWM); and Syracuse Hancock International Airport, New York (SYR).

Air Canada has a 202-aircraft, all-jet mainline fleet which includes, among other types, 45 Embraer 190s and 15 Embraer 175s

Flights will be non-stop and conveniently timed for connections at Toronto with flights on Air Canada’s domestic and international network. Customers can earn and redeem mileage points on Air Canada’s Aeroplan frequent flyer program on each route.

Air Canada is also adding four new international destinations from Toronto this summer. The airline has announced it will begin flying to Athens (ATH), Barcelona, and Copenhagen and also will offer same-plane, direct service to Brussels through Montréal.

The carrier will begin daily service to Orange County on April 6, using Airbus A319s. Daily service to San Diego will start on June 17, also with A319s. On the same day Air Canada also will begin flying daily to Portland, Oregon, using Embraer 190s.

Twice-daily flights between Toronto and Memphis, operated by Air Canada Jazz Bombardier CRJs, begin on May 17. On the same day Jazz also will start twice-daily flights to Cincinnati, again with CRJs.

May 17 will also see Air Canada regional partner Air Georgian beginning twice-daily flights to Portland, Maine, and twice-daily flights to Syracuse, using 19-seat Beech 1900D turboprops for all the flights.

With the launch of these seven routes, Air Canada, along with Air Canada Jazz and its Tier Three partners, will offer up to 142 scheduled flights each day to 51 U.S. destinations from its hub in Toronto. In total, this summer Air Canada will operate up to 232 flights per day between six points in Canada and 55 destinations in the U.S. In addition, this summer Air Canada will also serve 30 domestic and 45 international destinations from Toronto.

Montréal-based Air Canada provides scheduled and charter services for passengers and cargo to more than 170 destinations on five continents. Canada’s flag carrier is the 13th largest airline in the world and flies 33 million customers annually. Air Canada is a founding member of Star Alliance.