Air Canada Unveils A New Livery ‒ Again

The new livery is Air Canada’s second new mainline-fleet livery so far this century, not including the separate livery designed for the aircraft of the carrier’s low-cost subsidiary, Air Canada rouge.

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Air Canada is launching three-times-weekly seasonal Vancouver-Delhi service on October 20.

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Even though Bombardier has announced poor financial results for 2015 which include $5.6 billion of write-downs and charges, the Canadian manufacturer has reported two important and positive items of commercial-aircraft news.

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Brussels Airlines is strengthening its long-haul network, in a move that will see it add two more Airbus A330s to its fleet within the next 15 months.

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Air Canada will launch non-stop services between four Canadian hubs and 12 U.S. cities in its summer 2016 season, with 10 of the 12 new routes to be operated on a year-round basis.

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The new routes will link Toronto Pearson International Airport with Budapest, Prague, Warsaw, and Glasgow; and Montreal Trudeau International Airport with Casablanca on Morocco’s west coast.

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Delta Air Lines will buy from The Boeing Company 20 used Embraer 190s and will order 40 additional new 737-900ERs, upon ratification of a tentative new labor agreement covering more than 12,000 Delta pilots.

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Air China will create the first direct transpacific link between Asia and Montréal when it launches non-stop service between Beijing and Montréal on September 29. Air Canada and Air China intend subsequently to form a revenue-sharing joint venture for their flights between China and Canada.

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The Air Canada Express regional service, to be operated by Chorus Aviation subsidiary Jazz with 74-seat Bombardier Q400 NextGen turboprop regional airliners, will offer four round-trips a week from May 22 through September 7, 2015.

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Air Canada is expanding its North American route network by adding eight non-stop routes in its summer 2015 schedule, as well as increasing capacity on two other routes. Four will be operated by regional-airline partner Jazz Aviation LP and four by Air Canada rouge.

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Air Canada has decided to launch non-stop service between Toronto and Dubai, beginning on November 3, 2015. The airline will operate the route three times a week, using Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

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The new route will be the first to be operated primarily by Air Canada’s Boeing 787-9 widebodies, according to the airline. The Indian subcontinent is currently the largest international market not served by Air Canada.

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Air Canada will expand use of its new Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet from Vancouver International Airport in early 2015, introducing the type on its routes to Beijing and Seoul from the British Columbia city.

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Air Canada will launch year-round mainline service to Amsterdam from Toronto next June to expand its international network. Additions to the airline’s summer 2015 network also include new Air Canada rouge seasonal service from Montréal to Venice and between Vancouver and Osaka.

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Air Dolomiti, an Italian regional airline owned by Lufthansa Group, will soon sign its first three codeshare agreements outside the close relationship it has with Lufthansa German Airlines.

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The order, which the manufacturer values at $6.5 billion at list prices, consists of 33 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft and 28 737 MAX 9 jets. Air Canada has also secured option on 18 more 737 MAX aircraft and rights to purchase another 30 737 MAXs.

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This spring Air Canada’s leisure-carrier subsidiary, Air Canada rouge, is taking over eight routes previously operated by Air Canada from Toronto and Montreal to Cuba, the Dominican Republic, The Bahamas, Barbados, Haiti, Cancun and Tampa.

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A United Airlines service from Chicago landing early on the morning of June 4 will be the first flight to use London Heathrow Airport’s new Terminal 2. United Airlines will be alone for two weeks as the first user of the new Terminal 2 main building.

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Montreal-based Air Canada has secured commitments, options and rights to purchase up to 109 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. The new Boeing 737 MAX jets will replace Air Canada’s existing mainline fleet of Airbus A320-family narrowbodies and at least 20 of its Embraer 190s.

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