Air Canada is continuing to fortify its Toronto hub and strengthen its position as the biggest carrier on routes between Canada and the United...

Air Canada is continuing to fortify its Toronto hub and strengthen its position as the biggest carrier on routes between Canada and the United States with the launch on June 17 of the only daily, non-stop flights linking Toronto with San Diego and Portland, Oregon.

Both flights offer a choice of Executive or Economy class service, and feature the carrier’s personal in-flight entertainment system available at every seat. The inaugural return flights to Toronto from San Diego and from Portland take off on June 18.

Air Canada is using 120-seat Airbus A319s for its Toronto-San Diego flights and 93-seat Embraer 190s for its Toronto-Portland, Oregon service.

“The launch of Air Canada’s newest flights to these popular U.S. cities further solidifies our strategy of growing our largest hub at Toronto where our operations are centralized in a single terminal, offering an extremely convenient gateway to and from the U.S. and making it a global transfer point for domestic, transborder and international travellers,” says Ben Smith, Air Canada’s executive vice president & chief commercial officer.

“With up to 230 daily flights to 58 U.S. airports, Air Canada is 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,” adds Smith.

Air Canada's 200-plus-aircraft mainline fleet includes 45 Embraer 190s. The airline uses its Embraer 190s, each of which it has configured with 93 passenger seats, to operate Canadian domestic routes and transborder services to U.S. destinations

Air Canada has now launched new daily service between Toronto and seven American cities in the spring of 2010, including to and from Orange County (Santa Ana) and San Diego, California; Portland, Oregon; Memphis, Tennessee; Cincinnati, Ohio; Portland, Maine; and Syracuse, New York.

All the flights are non-stop and are timed to make connections with flights on Air Canada’s extensive domestic and international network. Customers can earn and redeem mileage points in Air Canada’s Aeroplan frequent flyer program on each route.

Air Canada is adding four new international destinations from Toronto with the launch this summer of flights to Athens and Barcelona, same-plane year-round service to Brussels via Montreal and (beginning in the week of June 21) year-round non-stop flights to Copenhagen.

The airline’s Toronto-San Diego schedule calls for flight AC779 to depart Toronto’s Pearson International Airport (YYZ) at 5;25 p.m. and arrive at San Diego Lindbergh Intenrational Airport (SAN) at 7:25 p.m. local time. The return flight, AC780, is timed to leave SAN at 7:25 a.m. and reach YYZ at 3:07 p.m. local time.

Air Canada’s Toronto-Portland, Oregon schedule sees flight AC533 leave YYZ at 5:30 p.m. and land at Portland International Airport (PDX) at 7:38 p.m. (All times are local.) The return flight, AC532, is timed to depart PDX at 8:00 a.m. and reach YYZ at 3:16 p.m.

With the launch of these routes, Air Canada offers up to 141 scheduled flights each day to 53 U.S. destinations from its hub in Toronto. In total, this summer Air Canada and its regional-airline partners will operate up to 230 flights per day from six points in Canada and 58 destinations in the U.S. In addition, this summer Air Canada will also serve 30 domestic and 45 international destinations from Toronto.

Air Canada is Canada’s largest domestic and international full-service airline, providing scheduled and charter air transportation for passengers and cargo to more than 170 destinations on five continents. Canada’s flag carrier is the 15th largest commercial airline in the world and serves 31 million customers annually. It provides scheduled passenger service directly to 59 destinations in Canada, 58 in the United States and 60 in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico and South America.

The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, the world’s largest global airline alliance, whcih serves 1,167 destinations in 181 countries. Air Canada customers can collect Aeroplan miles for future rewards and Top Tier members enjoy reciprocal frequent-flyer benefits with other Star Alliance carriers, including lounge and priority services.