Air Canada is beginning daily, non-stop service between Toronto and New Orleans on October 30 using 75-seat, Bombardier CRJ705 regional jets operated by partner...

Air Canada is beginning daily, non-stop service between Toronto and New Orleans on October 30 using 75-seat, Bombardier CRJ705 regional jets operated by partner regional airline Jazz Air.

The flight will be the only daily, non-stop service between the two cities, according to Air Canada. The airline has operated services to New Orleans in the past.

Jazz Air is a stand-alone, listed company which operates for Air Canada under the name Air Canada Jazz. Its CRJ705s feature 10 Executive-class seats and 65 Economy-class seeats and offer seatback, personal audio-visual entertainment throughout the aircraft.

“Air Canada is very pleased to offer customers service between Toronto and New Orleans, the eighth new route from Toronto to the U.S. we will launch this year,” says said Ben Smith, Air Canada’s executive vice president and chief commercial officer. “New Orleans was recently voted one of the top ten cities to visit in the U.S. and Canada by the well-respected Travel + Leisure magazine and there are also important business connections between New Orleans and Canada.”

Jazz Air operates as a regional airline partner of Air Canada. All 123 regional aircraft in its fleet were built by Bombardier and the fleet will soon be boosted by 15 Bombardier Q400 turboprops, which will replace older Dash 8 turboprops in Jazz service. The biggest aircraft in Jazz Air's fleet is the CRJ705, which seats 75 people in two-class configuration for Air Canada service

Adds Smith: “This route further enhances our Toronto hub at Lester B. Pearson International Airport, where our operations are centralized in a single terminal with streamlined customs procedures, making it an extremely convenient gateway to and from the U.S. and an ideal transfer point for domestic, transborder and international travelers connecting to our extensive global network.”

From October 30, flight AC7971 will depart Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) at 9:50 a.m. local time and arrive at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) at noon. The return flight, AC7972, will depart MSY at 12:35 p.m. and arrive at YYZ at 4:20 p.m. local time.

“There is a special relationship between Canadian travelers and New Orleans, making Canada our number one international market,” says Stephen Perry, president and CEO of the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau. “With the return of Air Canada, we will see this relationship strengthen and grow. We are grateful for this partnership, and we look forward to welcoming additional Canadian travelers to experience the rich culture and history of New Orleans.”

This year, Air Canada has already launched new daily service between Toronto and seven American cities: Orange County (Santa Ana) and San Diego in California; Portland, Oregon; Memphis, Tennessee; Cincinnati, Ohio; Portland, Maine; and Syracuse, New York. Flights are non-stop and timed to connect with flights on Air Canada’s extensive domestic and international network. Customers can earn and redeem Aeroplan miles on each route.

Air Canada has also added four new international destinations from Toronto in 2010, with the launch this summer of flights to Athens and Barcelona, non-stop flights to Copenhagen, and same-plane year-round service to Brussels via Montreal.

The airline offers up to 141 scheduled flights each day to 53 U.S. destinations from its hub in Toronto. In total, this summer Air Canada will operate up to 230 flights per day between six points in Canada and 58 destinations in the U.S. Air Canada says it and its regional partners offer more flights to more destinations in the Canada-U.S. transborder market than any other airline.

This summer Air Canada is also serving 30 Canadian domestic and 45 non-U.S. international destinations from Toronto.