The Air Canada group of carriers is expanding its international services to Europe from Toronto, Montréal, Vancouver and Calgary in its summer 2014 Europe schedule.
Air Canada’s summer 2014 Europe schedule will see the introduction of year-round non-stop service from Toronto to Milan with up to five weekly flights, offering the only non-stop service between Canada and Milan. Flights to this key Italian business destination will feature Air Canada’s Executive First cabin of service.
In addition, Air Canada will increase the frequency its year-round Toronto-Istanbul non-stop service to daily flights from three round-trips a week.
The airline will also expand the availability of its new international Premium Economy cabin by introducing it on Vancouver-London Heathrow flights year-round, as well as Montréal-London Heathrow flights during the peak summer travel season.
Introduction of Premium Economy cabins on these flights is possible as a result of Air Canada installing the cabins in five new, specially configured Boeing 777-300ER widebodies.
Air Canada will also deploy larger aircraft on flights from Calgary to London Heathrow and Frankfurt, as well as from Montréal to Brussels and Geneva, in order to meet travel and cargo demand during the peak summer season.
As part of the summer 2014 schedule, Air Canada’s leisure carrier subsidiary, Air Canada rouge, will launch seasonal non-stop flights between Toronto and Lisbon and Toronto and Manchester, as well as between Montréal and Barcelona and Montréal and Nice.
Seats on these new Air Canada and Air Canada rouge flights are now available for purchase at aircanada.com and through travel agents.
As new Boeing 777-300ER and Boeing 787 aircraft enter Air Canada’s mainline fleet, Air Canada rouge will continue growing to reach a total of up to 50 aircraft, as demand warrants.
“The growth of Air Canada’s international network, within forecasts previously announced, is possible due to our ability to deploy capacity and continue growing at significantly lower incremental cost,” says Ben Smith, Air Canada’s executive vice president and chief commercial officer.
Air Canada will have taken delivery of five new Boeing 777-300ERs for its mainline fleet between June 2013 and February 2014 and the first three of 37 Boeing 787s by the summer of 2014.
The airline is scheduled to take delivery of six Boeing 787-8 jets in 2014 and its remaining 31 787-8 and Boeing 787-9 aircraft between 2015 and 2019.
On its Toronto-Milan route, Air Canada will offer up to five round-trips a week from June 18, operating the flights with Boeing 767-300ER equipment featuring a choice of Air Canada Executive First and Economy cabins.
Air Canada’s schedule on the route calls for flight AC842 to leave Toronto Pearson International Airport (IATA code YYZ) at 8:20 p.m. and land at Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP) at 10:40 a.m. the following morning, local time. In the other direction, flight AC843 is timed to push back from the gate at MXP at 12:10 p.m. and reach YYZ at 3:30 p.m. the same day, local time.
From May 1 through October 25, 2014 on its Toronto-Rome route, Air Canada will up-gauge the aircraft used from a Boeing 767-300ER to an Airbus A330-300, which features a choice of Air Canada Executive First and Economy cabins.
Meanwhile, from June 15 through September 30, the airline will upgrade the aircraft it uses on its Montréal-London Heathrow route from an Airbus A330-300 to a Boeing 777-300ER. This aircraft will feature Air Canada’s new international Premium Economy cabin, in addition to Executive First and expanded Economy cabins.
From March 29 through October 25, Air Canada will up-gauge the aircraft with which it operates its Montréal-Brussels and Montréal-Geneva routes from Boeing 767-300ERs to Airbus A330-300s.
By means of a codeshare with Star Alliance partner Lufthansa, which will operate the route with its own aircraft, Air Canada will offer a second non-stop flight five times weekly from May 16 through October 12 on the Montréal-Frankfurt route. This flight will complement Air Canada’s daily Airbus A330-300 year-round non-stop service on the route.
From June 1 through September 30, Air Canada will up-gauge the aircraft on its Calgary-London Heathrow service from an Airbus A330-300 to a Boeing 777-300ER, featuring a choice of Air Canada Executive First and Economy cabins.
Additionally, from March 29 through October 25 on its Calgary-Frankfurt route, the carrier will up-gauge the aircraft it uses from an Airbus A330-300 to a Boeing 777-300ER, again featuring a choice of Air Canada Executive First and Economy cabins.
Effective March 1, 2014, Air Canada is up-gauging the aircraft with which it operates its Vancouver-London Heathrow route to a Boeing 777-300ER year-round. The aircraft will feature an international Premium Economy cabin in addition to its Executive First and expanded Economy cabins.
In its summer 2014 schedule, Air Canada rouge will operate new three-times-weekly service on the Toronto-Lisbon route from June 21 to September 21, subject to government approval. The flight will depart Toronto on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays; and return from Lisbon on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
Air Canada rouge will operate new, five-times-weekly Toronto-Manchester service from June 26 to September 13. The flight will depart Toronto on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays; and return from Manchester on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
The carrier will also offer new, three-times-weekly Montréal-Nice service from June 5 to October 13, subject to government approval. This flight will leave Montréal on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays; and return from Nice on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Additional, Air Canada rouge will operate new, twice-weekly Montréal-Barcelona service from June 4 to October 11, subject to government approval. The flight will depart Montréal on Wednesdays and Fridays; and returns from Barcelona on Thursdays and Saturdays.
Air Canada rouge’s Toronto-Athens seasonal non-stop service will increase from four to five round-trips a week from June 2014. Meanwhile, its Toronto-Edinburgh seasonal non-stop service will increase from three to five weekly round-trips from July.
In addition, three popular holiday travel markets currently served by Air Canada mainline on a seasonal basis will be converted to Air Canada rouge service in summer 2014.
One is Toronto-Barcelona, which Air Canada rouge will operate five times a week from May 8 to October 19, subject to government approval. The flight will leave Toronto on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays; and return from Barcelona on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
Air Canada rouge will also operate a year-round Toronto-Dublin service from May 1. On the Montréal-Rome route, Air Canada rouge will offer daily service from May 23 to October 19.
For the summer 2014 season, Air Canada rouge will also continue to operate the Toronto-Venice route and will also continue to serve Athens from Toronto and Montréal after a successful inaugural season on the three routes in 2013.